Blog Posts by DietsInReview

  • Food Porn for a Cause: Feedie App Feeds Hungry Children with Your Food Photos

    By Elizabeth Simmons for

    Like it or not, taking pictures of our meals and sharing them via social media is a part of our everyday lives. Food pictures are shared when a meal is pretty, cheap or simply delicious. Though we tend to make fun of those share "food porn" pictures of their meals, a new app may cause the late adopters to jump on the food-sharing bandwagon. Feedie is looking to turn people's pictures of meals into actual meals for children in need.Your food photos can feed hungry children in South Africa with Feedie.

    The app will be launched by the same people who created the Lunchbox Fund in 2004, which delivers meals to hungry children in South Africa.

    Co-Founder of the Lunchbox Fund Topaz Page Green, who currently lives in New York, is originally from South Africa. There, she said 65 percent of children are living below the poverty line. Because of this, she was inspired to start the Lunchbox Fund. Though there was already a school lunch program in place, started by Nelson Mandela, it only reached about eight million

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  • Eat like a Guac Star! 5 Celebrity Guacamole Recipes for National Guacamole Day

    Today is National Guacamole Day and we can't think of a single other dedicated food holiday that we enjoy more. Guacamole is the ultimate party maker in a bowl. People will flock to and gather 'round the guac with no questions asked. And you should not only let them, but join them. It's a heart-healthy food that's jam-packed with protein, fiber, vitamin C, and other essential nutrients.Celebrate National Guacamole Day on September 16.

    If we were giving foods a star on Hollywood Boulevard, guacamole would be a top runner. But since this hasn't yet happened, we'll have to rely on the stars themselves to guac our socks off.

    Enjoy five new homemade recipes for mashing avocados with tomatoes, peppers, and lime juice from the A-list.

    Jillian Michaels - The Biggest Loser star's personal guacamole recipe made its debut in her Master Your Metabolism Cookbook. And for good reason! It's got fresh chilis, the spice from which has been linked with helping to maintain metabolism.

    Star Ingredient - Ground Cumin

    The Recipe - Jillian Michaels

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  • The Frozen Sangria Swirl Recipe You've Waited for All Summer

    By Patrick Moore,

    The dog days of summer may be over, but there's still plenty of time left to sip summery cocktails and soak up a patio before the leaves begin to fall. With Labor Day being the unofficial closing of the summer season, we want to help you celebrate with a frozen bang.

    Sangria is a warm weather staple; the fruity wine-based libation looks gorgeous in a glass and is, relatively speaking, a "healthier" cocktail. Traditional sangria is a combination of wine, other liqueurs, and marinated with slices of fruit for an extended period of time. While that's a rewarding process to undertake if you've got some time on your hands, our Talenti Frozen Sangria Swirl is a fast and delicious recipe that will knock you and your guest's socks off. At around 225 calories per one-cup serving, well, just thank us later.

    If you haven't tried Talenti's sorbetto, remove yourself from the rock you've been living under. Combining the elements of Italian gelato and

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  • Marijuana May Make Us Thinner, Even with the Munchies

    By Elizabeth Simmons for

    It sounds counter-intuitive, but marijuana may help people be thinner. The illegal drug known for causing the munchies was at the heart of a recent study (published in May's Journal of American Medicine) that examined its effect on metabolic processes. The results, though certainly not conclusive, show a correlation between smaller waist circumference and marijuana use. Not only were users thinner, but they also appeared to be healthier overall than those who have never used marijuana.

    This infographic breaks down data from a new research study that finds a correlation between smaller waist size and marijuana use. In the study, comprising of more than 4,600 people, 12 percent of participants said they were current marijuana users and 42 percent had used it in the past, but not in the last month. Scientists assessed waist circumference and other weight-related factors in all participants. Studies conducted before this one had shown that marijuana users had lower prevalence for diabetes and obesity. However, this was the first study to also test insulin and glucose levels

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  • Summer Must Read and Eat List

    By Dani Stone for

    Whether you're at the beach, by the pool, or enjoying a staycation on the back deck, summer is a good time for discovering new books. To feed your brain, as well as your body, we've put together a must-read list of six novels guaranteed to make you feel all the feelings. And because they all have a clever food tie-in, we've paired them with quick and easy healthy recipes you can fix in a flash to help bring the books to life.

    With stories ranging from romance to Oscar-winning blockbusters and recipes like creamy feta dressing, blue crab pizza and Unjunked candy cookies, you won't be able to decide whether to read first, or eat first. We say, do both.

    Tell us what your must-read must-eat is this summer!

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  • Parents Beware! the Cinnamon Challenge is Too Dangerous for Your Kids

    By Elizabeth Simmons for

    Though doctors have individually been discouraging the Cinnamon Challenge for some time, a new report in the April 22 issue of Pediatrics is the first time a group of medical experts has explicitly warned against the fad. The Cinnamon Challenge has been online for about ten years, but rose to popularity when videos of people doing the challenge appeared on YouTube. Today there are thousands of videos with millions of views. The videos are carbon copies of one another; teenagers gathered in a room while one of them does the challenge and the others laugh at the results. The cinnamon challenge has reported calls to poison control of 51 in 2011 to 222 in 2012.

    The challenge itself involves attempting to swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon without any liquids within sixty seconds. It sounds like a fairly innocuous game, but the Cinnamon Challenge has led to calls to poison control centers, emergency room visits, and in some cases hospitalization due to collapsed lungs. The official website of the challenge even gives the warning, "It's

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  • By Elizabeth Simmons for

    First came the announcement of Melissa Joan Hart (Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage Witch) as a new brand ambassador for Nutrisystem. Hart lost 20 pounds on the meal delivery system after the birth of her third child. "The program is really delivering results for me and I look forward to long term success, staying motivated and helping others do the same," she said in a press release.Hart and Gasteyer are the two newest celebrity diet spokeswomen.

    Hart is just the first in a whole group of spokespeople for Nutrisystem coming in 2013. "She mirrors our values and will resonate with our customers as authentic. Moving forward, you'll see us have an appropriate mix of inspiring celebrities and real life customers who have also enjoyed success," said Nutrisystem new Chief Marketing Officer Keira Krausz. Her leadership comes under the direction of the company's first female CEO, Dawn Zier.

    The move to work with Hart opens Nutrisystem to a generation of customers who barely know their other

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  • 4 Lies Men Tell Themselves to Get Out of Yoga

    By Jill Lawson for

    Currently, women outnumber men in yoga classes. However, many people do not know that yoga used to be a discipline that only men were allowed to practice. Back in the day, men dominated the yoga scene so vehemently that if a woman wanted to practice yoga, she had to do so in private and keep it a secret.Yoga is not just for girls, and we'll tell you why more dudes should take up the practice.

    So why is this different now? Today, men have a different idea about what yoga is and what it can do for them.

    If you have yet to try yoga, read about the following misconceptions that are keeping too many men (and some women) out of the studio. Perhaps one rings true for you. If so, I hope you take the time to debunk your doubts and join a yoga class today.

    They think it'll be impossible to do because they are inflexible.

    All you have to do is look at a yoga ad of some lithe young woman in a seriously advanced yoga pose to understand this. The thought of trying to do the same thing would make anyone's hamstrings scream in fear. But the only way

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  • By Brandi Koskie for

    Looking to lose weight under the watchful eye of a reality TV camera? Then heed the call - the casting call that is! ABC's Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition begins casting its fourth season this weekend. The four-date, 13-city casting tour will make it possible for men and women across the nation to get in front of casting directors and vie for one of a few spots on the popular show.Jacqui McCoy lost more than 200 pounds on Extreme Makeover.

    Kicking off Saturday, April 6 in Salt Lake City, Austin, Atlanta, and Milwaukee, the tour will go through the last Saturday in April ending in the show's hometown of Los Angeles. (Find a full casting tour schedule here.) Potential cast members may wait in line for hours to score two minutes of face time with the casting team. It's advisable that they make the most of those 120 seconds.

    "This is your one big shot," said Jacqui McCoy, who lost 207 pounds during season two. "Know why you want to lose weight and how the weight has held you back. This is not the time

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  • 7 Ways to Keep the Stuff that Causes Obesity and Diabetes Out of Your Body

    By Jonathan Bailor, author and co-founder of, for

    Over the past few decades we've been trying harder and harder to be healthy and fit. The result: we got heavy and sick. What's going on here?Forget calorie counting, when we stop eating processed

    If a doctor prescribes us a medication and it makes us worse, we would stop taking it and fire our doctor. If an architect builds us a house and it crumbles, we would fire them, too, and we certainly would not blame ourselves for our housing issues. Why not apply the same logic to health and fitness? Seems reasonable. But what else is there other than the old calorie-counting approach we've all been taught?

    There is an alternative. We can do what every human being up until a few decades ago did: Eat actual food and stay active. No complex calorie counting. No confusing workout routines. No pills, powders or potions.

    It may be helpful to think about this alternative approach like this: want to avoid lung cancer? No need to worry about breathing, just don't

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