Not long ago the idea of following a strict vegan diet ­was considered extreme and impractical. A vegan does not eat any animal products — no meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy or honey. Yet interest has grown lately: witness the slew of successful vegan cookbooks (Da Capo Press has 20 vegan cookbooksContinue Reading

s the new year begins, millions of people are vowing to shape up their eating habits. This usually involves dividing foods into moralistic categories: good/bad, healthy/unhealthy, nutritious/indulgent, slimming/fattening — but which foods belong where depends on whom you ask. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released its latest guidelines, which define a healthy diet asContinue Reading

Believe it or not, nutrition is all about biology and chemistry, otherwise known as biochemistry.  Your body runs like a well-oiled machine due to the thousands of chemical processes that are occurring inside it every second of every day.  It’s important to support these processes fully by providing your body with aContinue Reading

When it comes to activities that can help you lose weight, swimming probably isn’t at the top of your list. Running, yes. Strength training, definitely. But swimming? Is splashing around really a serious fat burner? According to Stacy Caprio, a former swim coach and Red Cross water safety instructor, it is.Continue Reading