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Resetting After a Holiday Splurge

If I had a dollar for every time someone “cheated on their diet” and had to restart, I’d have enough money to travel the entire world -- about ten times. Truth is: many diets don’t work. Yet here we are, about to start the Holiday season and I bet you could name a handful of people in your social circle who are trying to go cold turkey on the cookies, cakes, and pies that inevitably (and rightfully-so) accompany this time of year.

Build Your Own Oatmeal [INFOGRAPHIC]

Welcome to the first installment of Food Insight’s Build Your Own Series! We are excited to share simple but tasty ways to spice up the healthiness of different foods. First up is oatmeal -- the versatile, fibrous option that’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack. If you’re new to oatmeal or just want to find more ways to enjoy it, keep reading.

Kitchen Clean Out

Did you know that roughly one third of food produced in the world is lost or wasted? It seems hard to believe, yet I’m sure you’ve been there, staring at your fridge but feeling like you have nothing to eat. As time passes, you have to throw some of it away (or do you?). Or maybe you really want takeout, so you get rid of that breaded chicken you were so excited to make a few days prior (I’m not proud of this).

Fiber Fundamentals

How many times has your doctor — or basically the entire internet — said you could benefit from eating more fiber? And how many times have you thought, “Okay, but what is fiber?” Don’t worry — we’ve all been there. This article will ease some of your fiber worries and get you up to speed on fiber basics, some of the latest research and a possible new definition for this important nutrient.

Mindful Snacking

The buzzwords “mindful” and “intuitive” eating are gaining popularity in the media, and you may be wondering what all the hype is about. Though they may sound a little like fads, these strategies are backed by a small but growing body of research. Mindful and intuitive eating may help you build a relationship with food and prevent unhealthy behaviors, like binge eating.

#CenterYourFocus: 5 Foods to Include in Your Shopping Cart

You know that first day of school feeling, when you walk into a large, new room and suddenly don’t know where to sit? Unsure if it’s safe to dive into a center aisle, you choose to sit along perimeter because you’ll be less confused on the outside. That’s how I used to feel when I entered a grocery store. Scared of the unknown center aisles and their supposed “hidden dangers”, I only scanned the outside perimeter of the grocery store. I mean, that is what I was hearing on my social channels and in the news.

6 Tips for Mindful Eating [VIDEO]

With the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, sometimes it seems nearly impossible to eat intentionally (especially when some of your meals are on the go!). Nevertheless, research shows that mindful eating can lead to greater awareness of how and why you are eating. This enhanced awareness may reduce “mindless eating” and subsequently help with weight management. Mindful eating may even help you have a more satisfying eating experience.

Fresh vs Frozen Foods: Let’s Talk About Corn

OK, so you’ve recently jump-started a health kick, and you’re ready to grocery shop for healthy foods. You know you need some whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, fruits, and veggies. Great. But where do you start?

Vote for Chicken [INFOGRAPHIC]

Want a candidate that everyone can get behind? Chicken is the answer for this election season. Not only is chicken an easy centerpiece for any meal, there are so many different ways to prepare it. Whether roasted on its own, as part of a sandwich or salad, or used as the main protein in a recipe, you can certainly support the health benefits it provides.