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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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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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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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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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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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BistroMD Diet Plan

BistroMD Diet Plan

BistroMD takes the guessing out of dieting and meal preparation by providing you with portion-controlled gourmet meals designed by doctors.

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South Beach Diet Plan

South Beach Diet Plan

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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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Sonoma Diet

Sonoma Diet

The Sonoma Diet is a weight loss plan that promotes using smaller plates and portions to enjoy Mediterranean-style foods as the way to a slimmer waist and healthier lifestyle.

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Medifast Diet Plan

Medifast Diet Plan

The Medifast program, founded in 1980, set out to break the popular myths about dieting by helping the dieter understand pitfalls and how to avoid them, and providing the tools and prepared meals to achieve weight loss.

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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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Spark People

Spark People

SparkPeople is a one-stop shop for people looking to lose weight, become fit, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It doesn't subscribe to one type of diet or program, but rather encompasses a wide variety, helping you to find what works best for you.

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Joy's LIFE Diet

Joy's LIFE Diet

The LIFE in Joy’s Life Diet stands for “Look Incredible, Feel Extraordinary,” which is what Joy Bauer tries to help clients achieve. The diet is broken down into four simple steps, most of which are the basic tenets of any diet: Release, Relearn, Reshape, and Reveal.

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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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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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