12 Healthy Habits

Get Moving with Gadgets

This month, we’re challenging you (and ourselves, of course) to get moving more! Read our best tips for meeting this 12 Healthy Habits goal, and find some techniques that can help you get up and get going, too. While you’re at it, keep tabs on how much you’re moving with these wearable devices and apps that track fitness and motivate […]

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Allison’s Guide to Slowing Down During the Holidays

Find serenity amidst the holiday rush with tips from Healthy Habits Coach Allison Fishman Task. Eat less and enjoy it more. Editor Scott Mowbray told me recently that he’s been eating less (since he’s on the Social Diet) but he’s never enjoyed food more. At the holidays, we eat a piece of cake and then want pie, a cookie, biscotti, […]

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Conquer common pitfalls with these right-sizing tips

PORTION PROBLEM: “I really like orange juice with my breakfast, but I end up pouring too much.” THE SOLUTION: Even wholesome drinks like milk and orange juice need portion control from time to time. They may pack vitamins and minerals, but they come with a big dose of calories and sugar, too. The best portion-control tip is the easiest: Use your juice […]

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Allison’s Sodium Shakedown

Healthy Habits Coach Allison Fishman Task clears the confusion and explains what to look for (and avoid) on labels. What’s the difference between salt and sodium? Salt contains sodium—40% of salt is sodium (the rest is chloride). Sodium is the real culprit in hypertension issues, but the two terms are often used interchangeably. Are reduced-sodium items the best choice? “Reduced […]

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Help Your Family Go Meatless

Our Healthy Habits Coach shoots down common roadblocks to making healthier, tastier meat-free meals for the whole household. EXCUSE: My son is very athletic. He’s worried he won’t have enough energy without meat. SOLUTION: People of all ages need protein each day, but daily recommendations for protein are easily met. Great vegetarian sources include whole-grain carbs, eggs (one egg has […]

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FAQs About Fat

Fear not! Healthy Habits Coach Allison Fishman Task is here with answers to three top questions about fats. If something is high in unsaturated fat (like avocado), does that mean it’s OK to eat more? Too much of a good thing can be a calorie problem, and this includes avocado. Unsaturated fats do have health benefits, but regardless of the […]

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How to know if your seafood is sustainable

June is National Seafood Month, and one area where most of us could also use a little more knowledge is sustainability. We recommend you eat more seafood as part of a healthy diet. In fact, we dedicate an entire month of our 12 Healthy Habits program to eating more seafood. Here, we’re giving you a sustainable seafood action plan: what […]

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Tips from the Coach: Get More Whole Grains

Have trouble convincing those with pickier palates to go whole grain? Healthy Habits Coach Allison Fishman Task offers the four grains she thinks will make the transition more tasty. • If you like pasta, try quinoa. “It’s high in protein, cooks up in 15 minutes, and is a no-brainer: Use 2 cups of water to each cup of quinoa. You […]

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The Best Fast-Food Salads

One would think salads are the safest, healthiest options on a fast food menu, but that’s not necessarily the case. That’s not good news for people like me who convince themselves that no matter how much dressing their greens are sloshing around in, it’s still healthy because it’s vegetables. Sure I add up the calories and think, “Ehhh, it’s a […]

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Get Your Heart Pumping: No Special Equipment Needed

If you want to get moving but can’t find room to move in an overcrowded gym full of resolution makers, Healthy Habits Coach Allison Fishman Task offers her favorite no-gym/no-equipment-needed activities. Host a dance party. “If you’ve got a bunch of kids cooped up in the house, crank up some music and dance. Or do it when you’re alone. Either way, […]

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