Tough to maintain healthy food habits? Shift to these weekly goals

Susan S. Johnson

Going 100% vegan, cutting carbs or attempting to lose 30 pounds quickly is daunting, drastic and difficult to sustain. And such lofty goals may not be healthy choices for you.Instead, try setting weekly mini-goals, which can help make intentions such as losing weight, lowering your cholesterol or adopting a more plant-based diet less intimidating — and achievable. The nice thing about setting small goals — and what makes them doable — is that they don’t require major shifts to your daily routine. To be successful, such goals should be realistic and specific, with measurable outcomes.Here’s a sample of a simple … Read More

Is a flexitarian diet right for you? | Healthy Aging

Susan S. Johnson

There’s an ongoing dietary movement shifting focus away from animal products toward plant foods; this is no secret. And there are many reasons people might limit or avoid meat, including religious beliefs, concern for the ethical treatment of animals, health concerns, and concerns about the well-being of the planet. While most people think of vegetarian or vegan diets as the only options, there is another one — a flexitarian diet.

Most everyone has an idea of what constitutes a vegetarian or a vegan diet, but what about a “flexitarian” diet? A blend of the terms “flexible” and “vegetarian,” the term

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25 Healthy High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied

Susan S. Johnson

Healthy high-fat foods are a wonderful way to incorporate more flavor, satisfaction, and nutrition into every snack and meal. Along with making food taste richer and more tasty, of course, this macronutrient rocks for a few reasons. So before getting into a lengthy, mouthwatering list of fantastic high-fat foods to incorporate into your diet (many of which you probably already have in your pantry or fridge), let’s touch on the benefits of fat and the different types.

The important of giving fat a place in our diets may seem like common nutrition knowledge today. But before the days of the

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Go green this St. Patrick’s Day with these healthy recipes

Susan S. Johnson

Dole Food Company is encouraging people to adopt a healthier, greener menu in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

As part of the company’s “Healthier by Dole” recipe series, Dole is encouraging everyone to “go green” both literally and nutritionally this March in honor of both St. Patrick’s Day and National Nutrition Month.

“Healthier by Dole” is a new series of nutritious, plant-forward menu substitutes to iconic dishes to be enjoyed during holidays and other eating occasions.

The program initiative, which kicked off last month with vegan tailgate recipes, is led by Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, Melanie Marcus, RD,

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