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July-August '14

Healthy Eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it's about feeling great, having more energy, and improving your mood.


Many of us associate a high-fiber diet with digestive health, and the need to stay regular. Read Fiber: The Essential Guide to better understand how eating foods high in dietary fiber can also lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, improve the health of your skin, and help you lose weight.


If you've tried and failed to lose weight before, you may believe that diets don't work for you. You're probably right: traditional diets don't work--at least not in the long term. However, by reading Healthy Weight Loss & Dieting Tips, you'll see there are plenty of small but powerful ways you can avoid common dieting pitfalls and achieve lasting weight loss success.


Also, be sure to read our recently updated Healthy Fast Food article for tips and menu recommendations that can help you stay on track.



Healthy Eating: Easy Tips for Planning a Healthy Diet and Sticking to It

Healthy Eating

If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you're not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you'll find another saying exactly the opposite. But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet.


To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps rather than one big drastic change. If you approach the changes gradually and with commitment, you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.


To learn more, read Healthy Eating.



Fiber: Helps You Look & Feel Your Best

FiberThe latest figures show that nine out of ten Americans are not eating enough fiber; and people in other parts of the world are also falling well short. Part of the problem may be due to the association between fiber and bathroom habits. Yes, fiber offers a healthy and effective way to stay regular. But that’s not the only reason why we should be including more in our diets. Many different studies have highlighted how eating a diet high in fiber can boost your health and help you look and feel your best.


To learn more, read Fiber: Helps You Look & Feel Your Best.

Healthy Fast Food

Healthy Fast Food

Fast food menus are tricky when you're watching your weight or your health. Finding a healthy, well-balanced meal in most fast food restaurants is a challenge. But there are always healthier options hidden among the diet disasters. You just need to know where to look and how to order.


Making healthier fast food choices is easier if you plan ahead by checking the nutritional guides for specific menu items. But if you don't have the chance to prepare, you can still make smarter choices by following a few common sense guidelines.


Read more at Healthy Fast Food.


Healthy Weight Loss & Dieting Tips

Healthy Weight Loss & Dieting TipsAll too often, we make weight loss much more difficult than it needs to be with extreme diets that leave us cranky and starving, unhealthy lifestyle choices that undermine our dieting efforts, and emotional eating habits that stop us before we get started. But there's a better way! You can lose weight without feeling miserable. By making smart choices every day, you can develop new eating habits and preferences that will leave you feeling satisfied--and winning the battle of the bulge.


Read more at Healthy Weight Loss &m; Dieting Tips.


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