Living Healthy in the Real World
J.B. Patterson


What's the best diet for weight loss?

A: Yours. With a few fixes. 

While all diets can lead to weight loss, not all will fit into your life. Family responsibilities, work stress, time, and other priorities make it hard to stick with any one diet. But just a few tweaks to how you already eat can help you reach your health goals. 

Follow this blog for quick fixes to common diet quirks to start making changes that last.

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April 8, 2019

A: Vacation is about escape. A break from the every day. A time to explore a new landscape, authentic foods, or different cultures. Traveling is the perfect opportunity to engage in mindful eating—a practice that exemplifies the notion of savoring the moment.


October 28, 2018

A: The dreaded plateau. Inevitably, it happens to everybody. Fortunately, many people have found that by staying on course, the moment passes. The first key to success is to not give up. Next, consider if there are some tweaks you can still make. Here are three possibl...

October 24, 2018

A: Staying active while traveling may be easier than you realize. Here are some easy steps you can take to stay on track while on the road.

I'm at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C., wearing a backpack and carrying a duffel bag. I race along, blending into the c...

September 24, 2018

A: I recently threw together a sweet and savory salad for a pot luck. I have been trying to come up with new and creative ways to serve fruits and vegetables, moving beyond party trays and leafy salads. My efforts must be paying off as I received several requests for t...

September 10, 2018

A: Getting started with weight loss can feel overwhelming. With so many different diets, conflicting information, product claims, and all of your other responsibilities in life, it is hard to know where to start. If your past efforts have only yielded yo-yo results, yo...

August 25, 2018

A: Small changes can lead to big results. Here are 3 common culprits worth cutting back to get you started on your weight loss journey.

#1: Swap the soda.

My apologies--while a small change, I realize quitting the fizzy pop is certainly no easy change. It's hard to repla...

August 25, 2018

A: Calorie reduction is critical for weight loss. Below are a variety of ways to set your calorie goal.

Some people use an online food tracker like MyFitnessPal, which will calculate your calorie needs based on your height, weight, age, gender, level of physical activit...

August 12, 2018

A: Between work, family, the weather, and other realities of life, keeping up with physical activity can seem daunting. But inspiration can be found all around you. These 5 tips can help keep you active more often.

I couldn't count how many times I have started a workou...

August 4, 2018

A: Whether chilled, roasted, grilled, sauteed, or souped, making half your meal vegetables is easier than you think. Here are a few quick and easy recipes that are great for a busy night or for easy entertaining.

Fill half your plate with a variety of non-starchy vegeta...

July 15, 2018

 A: When it comes to metabolism and weight loss, first identify the foods that may be slowing down your metabolism.

What is metabolism?

Metabolism includes the digestion, or breaking down, of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, which are the three major nutrients in our foo...

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