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  1. Facebook Free Food Winner: Texas Teacher Gives Diet-to-Go an A+

    Facebook Free Food Winner: Texas Teacher Gives Diet-to-Go an A+

    Diet-to-Go really made the grade with Paula Waters, the lucky winner of our recent "free week of food" giveaway.Paula, a teacher in Arlington, Texas, was so pleased with the quality and taste of the 1,600-calorie low-fat meal plan she chose after being randomly selected after we reached 2,500 fans on Facebook, she's now a paying customer! We'll be giving away another free week of food when 3,000 health-conscious folks click the "Like" button on our Facebook page.As I write this, that number reads 2,724.So, tell your friends to go to www.facebook.com/diettogo and "Like" our page!The faster we get to 3,000...

  2. 8 Foods That Can Prevent Heart Disease: 7 Questions with Janet Brill

    8 Foods That Can Prevent Heart Disease: 7 Questions with Janet Brill

    We're still celebrating American Heart Month here at Diet-to-Go. where our low-fat and vegetarian meal plans meet the guidelines of the American Heart Association and other major medical organization.Diet-to-Go chief editor John McGran recently sat down with Janet Bond Brill, author of Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 Foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease (Three Rivers Press), to discuss the ways you can lower your risk of heart disease through diet and a little exercise.So whether you've had your first heart attack or simply want to eat better for a healthier heart you can't beat this insightful advice from...

  3. I Slipped: Nutrition Consultant Crafts a Mac-n-Cheese Confession

    I Slipped: Nutrition Consultant Crafts a Mac-n-Cheese Confession

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Guest blogger Cynthia Parrott is a busy working woman who manages to find the time for fitness, diet and the writing of great advice for health-conscious women.The other day I ate macaroni and cheese -- from a box!Okay, so you might be laughing and thinking, "So what?" Boxed mac-n-cheese might be a regular staple in your house. Kids love it... it's quick... it's easy... and it's dinner in less than 10 minutes!But for me, a health and nutritional consultant and an advocate of REAL food, such convenience foods are a big no-no.I stand on my soap box daily...

  4. Valentine's Day Special: Savor Some Good News About Chocolate!

    Valentine's Day Special: Savor Some Good News About Chocolate!

    It's Valentine's Day and I must confess - I am hopelessly entangled in a love affair... with chocolate. I am not worried about my wife being upset. She is embroiled in her own passionate relationship with chocolate.Odds are you and your loved ones also share this love for the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of good old chocolate.You might think that chocolate and healthy living cannot live together. Wrong! Food scientists have discovered that chocolate does indeed have health attributes. Now don't go grabbing a king-sized Hershey's bar. The majority of the benefits are associated with the flavonoids that are found primarily in...

  5. Making Time for Mom: 6 Tips for Fulfilling Your Dreams

    Making Time for Mom: 6 Tips for Fulfilling Your Dreams

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Diet-to-Go guest blogger Mia Redrick has made it her mission to help harried moms everywhere learn how to take care of themselves -- mentally and physically. Today she turns her attention to helping you you achieve your biggest dreams. When was the last time you really allowed yourself to dream? How about, when was the last time you not only allowed yourself to dream but to dream big?Huge dreams aren't just for children or young and single adults. Moms can have big dreams, too.The problem is that we often limit ourselves because we feel that our dreams...

  6. A Heart-to-Heart About Your Heart: 4 Action Steps for a Better Life

    A Heart-to-Heart About Your Heart: 4 Action Steps for a Better Life

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Wendie Pett is a highly sought-after speaker who offers talks on fitness, nutrition, life balance, motivation and all manner of topics related to wellness of mind, body and spirit. Today she comes to Diet-to-Go to get to the heart of the matter -- the issues affecting your heart. It's not all about extra fat and a lack of exercise. Home Is Where the Heart IsIf home is where the heart is, why do so many people neglect their heart, both physically and spiritually?Is your heart suffering due to a lack of exercise or to the foods you...

  7. Eating Smarter for A Healthier Heart: 7 Questions with Robert Leighton

    Eating Smarter for A Healthier Heart: 7 Questions with Robert Leighton

    The Kardea Gourmet: Smart and Delicious Eating for a Healthy Heart (LINX) is being published this month to coincide with American Heart Month. Written by Richard Collins, MD and Robert Leighton -- with Susan Buckley RD -- the book is part cookbook and part nutrition handbook, but it's all about guiding your journey to a heart healthy, delicious style of eating.The Kardea Gourmet is a collaboration of three people: a preventive cardiologist dedicated to keeping people healthy; a gourmet home chef, foodie and former chocolate executive with a cholesterol problem; and a registered dietitian who spends her days coaching people...

  8. Rachel Lost 30 lbs, Slashed Her Risk for a Second Heart Attack

    Rachel Lost 30 lbs, Slashed Her Risk for a Second Heart Attack

    She's lost 30 pounds, but it's not the numbers on the bathroom scale that matters most to Rachel. What really matters to this Diet-to-Go slimmer are the numbers on her blood test results.After following Diet-to-Go for a year now, Rachel is happy to report her blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides all fall well within the healthy range.Also extremely happy about Rachel's much-improved numbers and greatly lowered heart disease risk: her doctor. Rachel, 58, turned to Diet-to-Go last year after she suffered a heart attack in 2008."From a cardiac perspective, my doctor is very happy for me getting this far," says...

  9. Chef Davis: Treat Your Dieting Goals Like a Trip to Disney

    Chef Davis: Treat Your Dieting Goals Like a Trip to Disney

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Meet executive chef Michael Davis, a man with a passion for good food and great cooking techniques. As an occasional guest blogger for Diet-to-Go, Chef Davis will teach us what we should be eating and tell us how it should be cooked so we can match his expertise in our very own kitchen.We're going to Disney!!!Our dietary goals should be kind of like heading to Disney. You wouldn't just get in your car and head there without doing some planning.There are so many details in taking a trip like this that you would probably consider: take your car...

  10. Dr. Mirkin: Lower Your Heart Attack Risk with Fruits & Veggies

    Dr. Mirkin: Lower Your Heart Attack Risk with Fruits & Veggies

    Increasing fruit and vegetable intake from five to eight servings a day prevents heart attacks and prolongs life.For every additional serving above two per day, there is a 4% decrease in the rate of heart disease deaths (European Heart Journal, published online January 18, 2011).Not eating enough fruits and vegetables is a major risk factor, in itself, for heart attacks and premature death.FYI: Eight servings a day of fruits and vegetables will weigh approximately 1.5 pounds.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture have just released a report recommending that Americans eat vegetables, fruits, whole...

  11. Eating Carbs is an Art: Diabetics Need to Master the 5 Principles

    Eating Carbs is an Art: Diabetics Need to Master the 5 Principles

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Living a healthier lifestyle is a truly global ambition. With that in mind, meet Dr. Racha Sankar. She operates a bariatric center in Damascus, Syria but earned her degree in diet and nutrition at Florida International University. Our worldly friend is here with a blog about carbs and diabetes. Welcome Racha!Eating Carbs is an Art: The 5 PrinciplesAs a nutritional consultant working in the field of obesity and its related diseases, I often hear tales of frustration like:"I have not eaten rice, pasta and bread for the past three months... still I cannot control my blood sugar!""When we...

  12. Don't Fall Victim to the 10 Biggest Diet Myths

    Don't Fall Victim to the 10 Biggest Diet Myths

    When it comes to weight loss, it's often true that what you think you know can hurt you. They're called diet myths -- and they're the cause of weight loss failure for many of us.Today, with the help of NBC Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman, we're going to bust 10 of the most prevalent diet myths so you can drop those pesky extra pounds once and for all!Last year, Dr. Snyderman discussed weight loss fallacies in her best-selling book, Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat (Crown). So Nancy, what are the "truisms" that just aren't true?"Most of us have been...

  13. Thin & Beer It: 7 Best Brews for the Dieter

    Thin & Beer It: 7 Best Brews for the Dieter

  14. Diet Inspiration: Jean and James Team Up to Lose 150 lbs!

    Diet Inspiration: Jean and James Team Up to Lose 150 lbs!

    After adopting a pair of lively young girls, music theater managers Jean and James knew it was time to clean up their act. The motivation to get healthier and more energetic inspired the Iowa couple to lose a combined 150 pounds with Diet-to-Go!"Our weight loss was motivated by wanting to attend our youngest daughters' high school and college graduations and to see them marry and start families of their own," a glowing Jean tells Diet-to-Go."I am 48 years old and I have not weighed this little since before I became pregnant with my oldest child... and that's 23 years ago."So...

  15. Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack, Add Years to Your Life

    Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack, Add Years to Your Life

    A diet of fruits, vegetables and nuts lowers the bad LDL cholesterol in two weeks by 33%, far more than the same diet with added grains and low fat diary (23%), and even more than by the National Cholesterol Therapeutic Step-2 diet recommended by doctors for people with high cholesterol (7%).Even more important, the ratios of LDL/HDL cholesterol are reduced by 24%, 12%, and 5% respectively (Epidemiology, March 2006).This study by David Jenkins and many other studies show that the most effective way to lower high cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent heart attacks and prolong life is to avoid taking...

  16. Don't Let a Binge Blow Your Diet

    Don't Let a Binge Blow Your Diet

    Dieting doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. So the next time you slip and scarf down an entire package of Girl Scout cookies or a carton of ice cream, don't throw in the towel, give up and gain back the weight you've lost.You wouldn't trash your car just because you got a dent in the fender, right? So why should you abandon your weight loss goals over a single moment of diet debauchery?Author and registered nurse Linda Spangle knows why we are so quick to call it a day and dive back into overeating. "Whenever you say, 'I...

  17. Debunking 12 Myths About a Vegetarian Diet

    Debunking 12 Myths About a Vegetarian Diet

    Forget everything you think you know about vegetarian diets.A lot of what you and I think we know about meatless eating is misguided or just plain wrong.It turns out that a vegetarian meal plan may be just what the doctor ordered to help you slim down and get healthier. And don't just take our word for it.Diet-to-Go offers a deliciously effective 5-week Vegetarian Low-Fat meal plan that can help you eat great while you lose weight. But there are scores of researchers who've discovered the amazing health benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. Meet Rip Esselstyn, a firefighter in Austin,...

  18. 5 Weight Losing Tips

    5 Weight Losing Tips

    Okay, let me start out by noting that I know the headline wording "weight losing tips" sounds kind of awkward. But it just so happens that "weight losing tips" is a popular online search phrase for people trying to shed a few pounds.So, since our mission here at Diet-to-Go is to help as many people as possible to achieve their healthy eating and weight loss goals, we are using the phrase.We're also serving up 5 weight losing tips from the experts who know more than a little about dieting and shedding pounds.5 Weight Losing Tips for the New Dieter1. Know...

  19. Support, Personal Growth & 3 More Benefits of Joining a 'Mom Group'

    Support, Personal Growth & 3 More Benefits of Joining a 'Mom Group'

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Diet-to-Go guest blogger Mia Redrick has made it her mission to help harried moms everywhere learn how to take care of themselves. Her first blog for Diet-to-Go was 5 Self-Care Resolutions. Today she turns her attention to helping you become a better mom... through group therapy that includes outings with other moms! 5 Benefits of Being in a Mom GroupBeing a Mom typically means that you're running a million miles an hour just to get everything done. Moms are the busiest members of the family because everyone else relies on them to help them look good, finish their...

  20. Stay Motivated: Couch Potato Alan Lost 60 lbs, Became a Triathlete

    Stay Motivated: Couch Potato Alan Lost 60 lbs, Became a Triathlete

    By dropping 60 pounds and toning up, Alan L. went from out-of-shape couch potato to competitive triathlon and marathon participant.And he knows just who deserves a lot of the credit for his amazing health turnaround."Diet-to-Go has changed my life!" Alan raves."This diet - combined with two hours of exercise a day for 5 days a week - completely changed my life. It was a great effort which has paid off in great ways!"If you gauge success by running 26 miles at a time or by competing in multi-event competitions where you run, bike and swim long distances, then YES......

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