12 Healthy Habits

Go Meatless Once a Week with Healthy Habits Hero, Ivy Manning

Embracing meat-free meals requires a simple shift in plate balance. The country’s collective culinary focus is shifting from the meat to the potatoes (and kale, quinoa, and cauliflower). Chefs, many of whom have spent the past decade in a bacon-fat-fueled haze, are waking up to the pleasures of all things vegetal. Home cooks, whether driven by environmental or economic reasons, […]

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Evolve Your View on Fat with Healthy Habits Hero, Jennifer McGruther

Fat fears are outdated. Learn how to deftly use all fats—yes, even butter and cheese. It’s hard to overstate how much scientific views about dietary fats have changed in the past few decades—from a time when fat was supposed to take up no more than 30% of your daily calories to now, when butter sales are at an all-time high […]

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Stocking Up on Whole Grains

The bulk grain section at Whole Foods used to confound my fellow shoppers. No one quite knew how to bag (paper, plastic, both?), tag (you’ve got to write the item code on there so the cashier can charge it), and tie (rubber band, twist tie, tape?) what they chose. The grease pencils always walked off with their users. And the […]

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The Benefits of a Two-Part Breakfast

As a child of the 70s, I remember watching commercials for breakfast cereals. Between The Smurfs, The Transformers, and Josie and the Pussycats, I’d learn how Lucky Charms or Cap’n Crunch were “part” of a healthy breakfast. The healthy breakfast would include toast (with visibly melting butter), orange juice, a bowl of berries, bacon or sausage (or both), sometimes a […]

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Get stronger with these strengthening moves from 12 Healthy Habits Hero Kristin McGee

In our June issue, we’re challenging readers to make strength training a part of their workout routine each week. After all, strength training does more than build muscles. It helps support and strengthen your entire body and is integral to your overall fitness. Our 12HH hero this month is yoga and Pilates instructor and Health contributing editor Kristin McGee. She’s […]

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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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