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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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Not a health food: Pancakes from a can by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating It’s been a while since I’ve written a "Not a Health Food" post. To be honest, the fun had kind of gone out of it. I mean, there are so many processed foods out there ... 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 »
A chef's healthy eating crusade by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Ordinarily I have no patience for reality TV -- it gives me a headache -- but last Friday night, a friend called to tell me to check out Jamie Oliver’s new show “ Food Revo ... Read on »
Thinking of trying a cleansing diet? by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating It must be spring: the robins have returned, the crocuses are peeking up through the earth, and we’re starting to hear a lot about cleansing diets. Spring is the ... Read on »
Weight Watchers and McDonald’s: Unholy alliance by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Here’s the oddest bit of nutrition news I’ve heard lately: Weight Watchers has approved three McDonald’s menu items , including Chicken McNuggets, as part of its diet ... Read on »
Being healthy at every size by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Today I'm thrilled to publish a guest post by Margarita Tartakovsky MS . Margarita writes a fantastic blog called Weightless on the website PsychCentral , where she offers t ... Read on »
Taste of the tropics: Coconut oil by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating If you’ve been wondering if coconut oil is good for you or not, you’re not alone. Some health experts praise coconut oil for its immune-boosting abilities, its antibact ... Read on »
Local food: Sprouts by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Local food? ...in March? ...in New England? Sure, if you grow your own sprouts. After all, your kitchen counter is as local as it gets! I just harvested my fir ... Read on »
The real reason the French don't get fat by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Chances are you’ve heard of the “French Paradox”: the puzzling fact that French people don’t suffer from anywhere near the obesity rates as we do in the United States, even ... Read on »
Have a healthy snack attack by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Wouldn’t it be nice if whenever we got hungry, something healthy and delicious would magically appear? Needless to say, that’s not the universe we live in. In th ... Read on »
How often should you weigh yourself? by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Be honest: Did you wake up this morning, use the bathroom, remove any clothing, and hop on the scale so you could weigh yourself at your lightest moment of the day? ... 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 »
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 »
Weight gain boosts Olympian's performance by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Have you caught any of the winter Olympic broadcasts this week? I admit it, I’ve been glued to the games every night. I just admire the athletes’ grace, toughness, and ... Read on »
Mrs. Obama is on the right track by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating If you ask me, Michelle Obama is doing a bang-up job in her unofficial role as First Health Coach. Within weeks of moving into the White House, she tore up part of the ... Read on »
Seize control of your kitchen by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating I’m usually pretty well organized in the kitchen. There are few, if any, mysterious containers in my fridge or freezer. I don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, and I ke ... Read on »
Should you eat like a warrior? by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating After my recent post about unusual breakfast foods, a reader commented that he never eats breakfast. Instead, he follows a “warrior”-style diet, which involves eating v ... Read on »
When food fads collide... by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating ...the results can be entertaining, to say the least. Take the current bacon craze, for example. These days, there’s seemingly nothing chefs won’t put bacon in, or ... Read on »
Run around first, then eat by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating I love it when highly paid, trained experts figure out something the rest of us already instinctively know. Which makes more sense to you: eat lunch and then ex ... Read on »
Bacon... or science project? by Eleanor Kohlsaat Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating I’m conflicted about the news that scientists have managed to grow pork in a petri dish, using pig stem cells. My first reaction was a lot like the one you’re prob ... Read on »