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Veg Cooking Tip # 1: Steam greens as you cook grains.

Taking a walk in the woods and soaking up the lush scenery, clean air, and supreme quiet of a forest could do more than refresh your mind and recharge your energy. Thanks to a do-it-yourself therapy known as forest bathing or shinrin-yoku (a Japanese term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere”), spending a few serene hours in the woods may give you a long-lasting health boost.

“How can I survive eating only leaves every day?” “There is no way I could ever follow a plant-based diet; I’d always be starving!” “Whenever I eat salad, I’m hungry an hour later.”

These are all comments I’ve heard when discussing a plant-based lifestyle with large groups. A persistent myth about plant-centric diets is that eating plates full of green leafy vegetables will leave you feeling constantly hungry.

First, plant-centric diets are much more exciting than simply plates of green, leafy vegetables. 

Myth: A vegetarian diet equals weight loss.

Truth: Following a vegetarian diet does not guarantee that you will lose weight. Although research shows that vegetarian diets are associated with a lower BMI and leaner body mass, if you don't pay attention to food choices, portion sizes or calories, weight gain is just as possible. A plant-based diet can be low in calories, and high in nutrients and fiber--but only if the right foods are consumed in moderate quantities.

Traveling can take a toll on your weight-loss goals: you're often eating on the run, indulging in local cuisine, and struggling to maintain your normal routine.

We asked the instructor for our popular 6 Weeks to Plant Powered Weight Loss online course to give us her best tips for keeping up with healthful eating around the holidays. Besides these tips, check out

Sara’s 80-plus healthful, easy-to-make recipes from the course.  

Chef Jennifer Iserloh, author of 50 Shades of Kale and one of the founders of National Kale Day, offers great suggestions on how vegetarians and vegans can maximize this green ingredient for good health.

As you read in our article, 15 Reasons You Should Be Eating Breakfast, the first meal of the day really is important. Yet, 31 million Americans are skipping breakfast every day, according to The NDP Group. We get it. There are plenty of reasons why you ditch breakfast. Whatever your excuse, you'll love these recipes that can solve all of your problems and get your breakfast routine back on track.

You've heard it a million times - breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Countless studies have shown the health benefits of starting your day with a healthy, balanced meal. Not convinced? Check out these reasons why you and your kids should be eating breakfast: