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3 Painless Ways to Eat Less Meat

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Aarti’s Easy and Delicious Red Lentils
Besides the health benefits of eating less meat – according to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, eating less red meat reduces your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity – and the financial ones – meat is pretty pricey! – you also help reduce your carbon footprint: According to Oxfam America, meat production uses 8% of the world’s water supply!

What other reason do you need to go meatless, even just once a week?

I love the whole Meatless Monday trend, not just because I’m one of those freaks who loves her a big plate of vegetables, but also because I love the challenge of finding ways to satisfy my meat-loving husband. And I have! So here are some of my tricks to making a meatless meal a delicious one.

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How to Cheat on Your Diet and Not Feel Guilty

How to Cheat on Your DietAarti Sequeira and Samantha Cassetty after indulging in some pizza on Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping.

As the resident nutritionist on Drop 5 Lbs, people tend to think that I eat healthfully 100 percent of the time, or that I don’t have a sweet tooth, let alone ever give in to one. But my friends and family can vouch for me: I give into my sweet tooth regularly — every day, in fact. But I keep my weight in check with a few simple strategies. Here’s how:

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How to Drop 5 Pounds and Look Five Years Younger


Melissa d’ Arabian cooks up a couple of meals that will help turn back your clock to a more flattering time.

“Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.”- Anonymous

It’s the start of a new year, and most of us have resolutions that involve a gym, a new diet and perhaps ultimately … a scale. We all know that what we eat on a daily basis impacts our weight and how we feel in our bodies. But we sometimes (maybe willfully) forget that there’s a larger, cosmic force that’s working against us — time. Let’s face it, we are all getting older and unless you’re blessed with Cindy Crawford’s genes, it shows. So what if, in addition to striving to get fit and thin this year, we strove to look and feel younger (sans surgery)?

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My Favorite Healthy Recipe From ‘Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping’

Flounder with Corn and Tomatoes

Shooting season two of Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping (premiering Saturday, January 19, at 10:30am ET on Cooking Channel) was a delightful and tasty experience. What could be better than sharing flavorful meals and delicious desserts (that were surprisingly low-cal) with my two friends, Melissa and Aarti, especially considering that the fabulous Melissa d’Arabian handled all of the cooking! While every recipe is a winner in my book, a select few have become staples in my home — and only one (OK, three) can be honored with the title “favorite.”

The flaky Flounder with Corn and Tomatoes (pictured above) takes top honors in the entrée category. It’s a cinch to make (I’m talking weeknights!) and just as easy to clean up thanks to the fact that it’s made in a parchment paper wrap. As for the taste: Even my 9-year-old son was wowed! It’s a great marriage of flavors (sweet corn, tangy sundried tomatoes) and texture (flaky fish, crunchy corn, chewy tomatoes) and the presentation, with the pop of color, is just stunning. It’s hard to believe a dish this flavorful is just 185 calories! I made this with a side of quinoa, a whole grain that brings even more nutrition to the table. You could also try it with bulgur or whole-wheat couscous. All three are a snap to prepare.

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Aarti Sequeira’s Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Aarti Sequeira's Healthy New Year's Resolutions

“Good” vs. “Bad”
This is possibly the biggest lesson I learned this season on Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping, and one that might be the toughest one to break because I, like so many people, do this without thinking. When recounting what you may have eaten the previous day, how many of you say, “well, then I was bad and had a cookie,” or, “I’ve been really good the past couple days!” Good and bad are weighty words, and in some cases can be insidious. For example, I definitely have some food addiction issues and when I label myself as bad for having eaten or not eaten something, a tape starts playing in my head that goes something like this: “You stupid fat kid.  Couldn’t control yourself for even a second, huh?”  That leads to a rapid shame spiral, which makes me feel helpless and worthless, which leads to multiple trips to the freezer where the ice cream lays. I eat my feelings, then feel bad about myself for doing so, inevitably leading to yet another slump over to the freezer. It’s a viscous cycle. Our morality is not determined by what we eat; that is a lie and a distraction!  Don’t waste your energy on that. Go do something “good” for someone else when you feel guilt over something you ate coming on, and stop using those words. I’m going to start saying things like, “I indulged” or “I have been very disciplined this week.” I’ve already started actually, and I’ve found that it’s caused me to a bit more mindful about the times I’ve jumped off course in the direction of the pastry shelf at the local coffee shop! 

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Paula Deen’s Recipes Get Healthy

Bobby and Paula Deen

Bobby is putting his mother Paula Deen's recipes on a diet.

Staying fit with celebrated Southern chef Paula Deen in the kitchen? It ain’t easy, y’all, but that’s what Paula’s son Bobby has managed to do. His secret? Bobby Deen is remaking his mama’s most crave-worthy recipes so they’re lighter, leaner and still just as delicious.

From Shrimp and Polenta and Spicy Sweet Potato Chips to “No-Fry” Apple Pies and Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie, Bobby Deen slims down his mother’s favorite comfort food recipes on the all new Cooking Channel show Not My Mama’s Meals premiering tomorrow night at 9pm ET.

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