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“Don’t Eat Fast Food!” McDonald’s Tells Its Employees

Update 12/26: McDonald’s has announced it is taking down it’s employee resource site for good. Lisa McComb, spokeswoman for McDonald’s released this statement, “We have offered the McResource program to help our valued McDonald’s employees with work and life guidance created by independent third party experts. A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate, and we’ve directed the vendor to take down the website. Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwanted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary. None of this helps our McDonald’s team members. We’ll continue to provide service to them through an internal telephone help line, which is how the majority of employees access the McResource services.”

A surprising new source is offering healthy eating advice: McDonald’s. The company recently launched a website with easy-to-follow, sensible dietary advice for its busy employee. But the suggestions made on the site may surprise you: In an effort to promote healthy eating McDonald’s actually casts many of its own foods in a less than positive light. As you can see here, in this image pulled directly from the employee site, the fast food retailer  has chosen some of its own food to represent an unhealthy meal:

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That’s right: McDonald’s, home of a 750 calorie cheeseburger, is offering its employees sage eating advice, recommending their employees, “eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups and vegetables to help maintain your best health.” (In other words, not at McDonald’s.)While the fast food giant does offer salads many are loaded with fat and calories, including one that maxes out at 450 calories. These meals are healthier than a Big Mac, but not by much.


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The 25 Best Student-Approved Tips for Eating Healthy in College

I remember it like it was, well, about eight months ago; standing in the middle of campus, looking for a place to eat. Because this situation usually involved a time crunch, I would settle for the most convenient food option, healthy or not. It seems like a lot of college students, including myself, sacrifice healthy food for easy food as if the two are mutually exclusive. However, that isn’t true at all.

We’ve put together a list of healthy eating tips for college students based both on personal experience and input from students around the country. Try implementing a few, and see what a difference they can make!

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  • Don’t overdo it on portion sizes. Studies have shown that people who take larger portions will eat more food, whether they are hungry for it or not.
  • Try not to eat the same thing every day. You may love the cafeteria French fries, but save them for a once-in-a-while indulgence.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the food in the cafeteria or dining hall. The people who prepare and serve the meals may be able to help you find healthy options.
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Food Blogger Spotlight: Jennifer Drummond from Peanut Butter & Peppers

When you hear about a food blog titled, Peanut Butter & Peppers, you don’t hesitate, you just go look and wow, I’m glad I did. Peanut Butter & Peppers is the brainchild of Jennifer Drummond, who started the site in her quest for continued weight loss and desire to share healthy recipes.

What I love most about the site is how much fun Jennifer is having along the way. Some recipes are quirky (peanut butter hummus anyone?) and her commentary is honest and fresh. Plus, doesn’t her infectious smile make you want to go to her kitchen, pet her two Labrador Retrievers and pull up a chair for coffee and Meyer Lemon Snack Cake? Yes, please!

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Food Blogger Spotlight: Jackie from Tasteovers By Jackie

Food Blogger: Jackie NewgentOne of the best things about chef Jackie Newgent is that once she cooks you a delicious healthy meal, she can tell you exactly why it’s so delicious and healthy. As a registered dietician and award-winning cookbook author, Jackie is considered a “culinary nutrition, diet, and green cuisine expert.” She is frequently featured on Planet Green’s Emeril Green and Martha Stewart Living Sirius Satellite Radio’s Whole Living.

On her food blog, Tasteovers by Jackie, one of her favorite things to do is take a not-so-good-for-you recipe and give it a makeover. She never shies away from a challenge. Even decadent dishes like fettucini alfredo get a scrumptious healthy redo. Recently we spoke to Jackie about her blog.


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Food Blogger Spotlight: Kelsey Brown of Happyolks

If you haven’t visited Kelsey Brown’s blog Happyolks where “recipes and stories for happy folks” are born, you’re missing out. Kelsey and her husband treat Happyolks as a collaborative project, where he takes the photographs and she develops the recipes and shares some of the most beautiful stories you’ll read. Trust me, I read a lot of blogs but hers remains one of my absolute favorites.

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When you visit Happyolks, expect to find whole foods recipes, breathtaking imagery, and thoughtful narrative that will pierce your soul. We had the extreme pleasure of speaking with Kelsey recently about her blog and her approach to health. Here’s what she had to say. 
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