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  • Healthy Eating
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Fitness from the Inside Out
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • The Fit Family
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Healthy Alternatives
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

Optifast Diet

Optifast Diet

Optifast is a serious weight loss program for individuals who need to lose 50 pounds or more. It is a medically-based, liquid diet that has proven results, with over 80 clinical studies and 1+ million participants since its inception in 1974.

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Jillian Michaels Diet Plan

Jillian Michaels Diet Plan

Like Jillian Michael's on The Biggest Loser? Check out her holistic diet and fitness plan that addresses not only physical, but emotional wellness.

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eDiets Diet Plan

eDiets Diet Plan

eDiets offers a variety of online diet programs, including fitness programs, meal plans and optional meal delivery. Find out if they have a diet for you.

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Duke Diet

Duke Diet

The Duke Diet is a self-care plan comprised of four components: diet, fitness, behavioral strategies, and medical expertise.

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The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet, created by Dr. Barry Sears, is a somewhat scientific approach to dieting, which at its core focuses on controlling the hormone levels in your body that are key to weight control and health. The basic tenet, in bold headlines on the Zone Diet website is that it "… is not a diet. It’s a healthy, balanced lifestyle."

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Nutrisystem Diet Plan

Nutrisystem Diet Plan

The Nutrisystem Diet Plan has created a program that makes it easy for you to diet. Food is provided, there are no calories to count, and it is easy to follow.

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South Beach Diet Plan

South Beach Diet Plan

The South Beach Diet is a weight-healthy lifestyle designed by a cardiologist. Originally developed as a weight-loss plan for his overweight heart patients, he found additional health benefits that led to further diet research and refinement.

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Weight Watchers Diet Plan

Weight Watchers Diet Plan

Weight Watchers is another of the old-time standby diet programs, with over forty years in the business and an estimated 1 million followers across the globe at any given time. One of the reasons this weight loss plan has continued success is the focus on overall health: mental, emotional and physical.

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Denise Austin Diet

Denise Austin Diet

Denise Austin has honed her fitness program over the last 25 years as a fitness professional. recently, she's also added a diet component to her historically successful program. See if it will work for you.

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Glycemic Impact Diet Plan

Glycemic Impact Diet Plan

Glycemic Impact Diet is based on the glycemic index, which is a ranking system of how carbohydrates affect the glucose levels in the blood.

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Curves Diet

Curves Diet

Curves started out as every woman's answer to exercise, providing a safe place for women to work out to a set 30-minute routine that blasts an average of 500 calories per session. Learn more about this fat burning routine.

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Diet to Go

Diet to Go

Find your perfect diet and then get food delivered to your door with the Diet to Go meal preparation plan. Premeasured, tasty food delivered to your door step based on the program you choose. Compare with other food delivery services.

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Sensa Weight Loss System

Sensa Weight Loss System

Almost three decades ago, Dr. Alan Hirsch - a licensed neurologist and psychiatrist founded the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago - devoted his time to finding the reason Americans eat too much. Dr. Hirsch’s research has revealed that the way our brains are programmed is the main reason we overindulge.

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Jenny Craig Diet Plan

Jenny Craig Diet Plan

Jenny Craig is both a diet and lifestyle program, intent on changing the way you eat, exercise, and live your life. The goal is to change the way you think and act, keeping in mind your overall body health.

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Atkins Diet Plan

Atkins Diet Plan

Is the Atkins approach right for you? Learn more about this low carbohydrate, fat-blasting diet from Dr. Atkins.

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