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Eleanor Kohlsaat

Norwich, Vermont
I'm a certified health counselor and writer. I spent half a lifetime struggling with food and my weight, bouncing from one diet to the next, before I finally figured out the only way to win the diet game is not to play. Rather than viewing food as the enemy, I learned to love eating healthy,... Full Bio
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Desk jockeys beware: Sitting is bad for your health by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating New research suggests that sitting for long periods can increase your risk of death -- even if you work out in your spare time. In a study cited by the LA Times, people ... Read on »
Don't drink the (diet) Kool-Aid by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating All of a sudden, fat is no longer evil. Fans of real food have known this for a long time, but now mainstream nutrition is beginning to wake up (better late than never! ... Read on »
Eat less? Good luck with that! by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Well, the USDA’s 2011 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been out for a month now, and after about thirty seconds in the news spotlight, they’ve faded out of view. W ... Read on »
Eating to prevent the flu by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating It's hard not to be freaked out by warnings about swine flu, or at the very least, confused by all the conflicting information out there. For every news bulletin predicting t ... Read on »
Excess weight: not as unhealthy as you think by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Last week the New York Times reported that people who are mildly overweight (but not obese) actually live longer than thinner people, at least during the course of a 12-year ... Read on »
Exercise: No good for weight loss? by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Last week’s TIME article reporting that exercise actually interferes with weight loss was a classic example of what’s so frustrating about health news. First something’s good ... Read on »
Feed yourself first by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating I’ve just had one of those hellish weeks that come at you out of nowhere. One of our cats quit eating and wedged herself into a dark corner of a closet, never a go ... Read on »
Filled with Glee by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Despite my usual insistence on knowing what’s in my food, it took me a ridiculously long time to start wondering about the ingredients in the chewing gum I carry in my purse. ... Read on »
Financial anxiety can cause overeating by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Stress eating increases in tough economic times, according to this AP article. The emotional turmoil of watching our 401Ks shrink makes us crave sweets, while unemployment giv ... Read on »
Foreign flavors by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating A few months ago, my Japanese friend sent me a “care package” of green tea, plum Jell-O, jasmine-flavored Kit-Kats, and other exotic treats. Ever since then, I’ve been fascin ... Read on »
Forget resolutions. How about New Year's intentions? by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating New Year’s resolutions seem to have fallen out of style lately, and with good reason, I think. A friend explained it best: “I don’t make resolutions anymore. I always end u ... Read on »
Fresh vegetables a la carte by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating You might remember my recent post bemoaning the lack of healthy mobile food vendors. There are plenty of junky lunch trucks, and nowadays there are also gourmet wagons sellin ... Read on »
Gaining weight as you get older: It's avoidable by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Remember when you were a kid and you could eat anything you wanted -- cookies, ice cream, Halloween candy galore -- and not gain an ounce? At a certain point, yo ... Read on »
Garden wishes, winter dreams by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Suddenly, I’m getting emails and Facebook updates from my two CSA farms. They want me to know they have tomato, lettuce, and radish seedlings started in their greenhous ... Read on »
Get a sense of hummus! by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating It’s around 4 p.m., you’re at your desk, and you didn’t have the time or foresight to eat a decent-sized healthy lunch (which ideally should be the largest meal of ... Read on »
Get an attitude about food by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Okay, we know junk food is killing us. We can’t escape the statistics: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, all on the gallop, thanks to our overconsumption of processed ... Read on »
Gluten-free for one week by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating I don’t know about you, but the moment someone tells me I can’t have something is the moment I really start to crave it. Maybe it’s a leftover teenage rebellion thing. Or may ... Read on »
Gluten-free: The first day by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Yesterday I began a week of gluten-free eating, both as a professional and a personal experiment. As a health counselor, I like to try things myself, if possible, before I su ... Read on »
Going nutty for natto by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating My Japanese friend sent me another "care package" a couple of weeks ago. Along with my favorite green tea, the box included a variety of strange and delicious snacks, each wi ... Read on »
Going with your gut by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating I’ve coped with a sensitive digestive system for most of my life, and the more I talk with people about food and health, the more I realize I’m not alone. Heartburn, acid ref ... Read on »