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Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Always have a plan It's easy to get sucked into the lure of the restaurant menu when you're hungry and everything looks good. For example, some people can drink milk with no side effects, while other people will get extremely ill drinking the same milk. No snacks except fruits and vegetables. That way, you don't equate "healthy" with "tasteless," a mindset that will knock you off the veggie bandwagon fast.

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I sent in my DNA to get a personalized diet plan. What I discovered disturbs me.

What are the implications for our food culture and the future of dining? Through a private Facebook page, they could share tips and the like. It includes a coaching session, so a nutritionist helps you put all your information into practice.

During my session, Jae Berman, a registered dietitian, nutritionist and head coach of Habit, is a great help. Have you ever tried being the short-order cook in that scenario? It all but requires outsourcing the meal making. This desire to customize our food experiences stems from the uniquely American trait of individualism. By contrast, many other cultures around the world are characterized by interdependence. It turns out, individualism shapes our eating habits in stunning ways, from the rise of solo dining to customization as a firmly expected attribute of eating out.

Habit is the latest example of a new technology enabling that innate premium on personalization, and over time, these tools are pulling us further and further from the table. Think smartphones making us feel less alone while eating alone, and mobile ordering apps allowing us to tailor our meal delivery times and our restaurant orders with greater precision.

This reality has major implications for our food culture, and for the rising rates of social isolation in the United States.

You know what the single greatest predictor of happiness is? But we also have to ask ourselves: Which is really going to make us live longer, and live better? The ability to pay more granular attention to our triglyceride levels, or the more holistic benefits of eating with family and friends? My grandmother turned this year. Breakfast was the most important meal of the day — until America ruined it. No food is healthy.

Why your humble bowl of oatmeal could help feed a growing planet. Have questions about cooking? Join our live chat Wednesdays at I sent in my DNA to get a personalized diet plan. What I discovered disturbs me. But there are some tips that stand the test of time, and that experts themselves follow. Because yes, they're human, too. In fact, she says it's the number one change she made that's helped her maintain her smaller frame. The worst thing you can do is be too strict, then rebound by overeating because you're not satisfied.

Always have a plan It's easy to get sucked into the lure of the restaurant menu when you're hungry and everything looks good. Order what you'd like, but balance the meal out with the rest of the day, says Zied. If you know you're going out for a steak and potatoes dinner, go easy on the meat and starch at lunch. Make sure you're also fitting in healthy fare like whole grains, fruit, veggies, and nuts and seeds in the other meals and snacks that day. That way a hunk of steak won't derail your diet and you'll leave happy.

Instead of how many calories, ask yourself where the food came from and if it's nutritious. In other words, you don't have to go through all the trouble of counting.

Don't eat boring food Nutritionists are always saying to eat more vegetables, so cook them in a way that takes them from ho-hum to yum. Prep and store Even more important than shopping for healthy foods: When you get home from the store or farmer's market, bounty of fruits and veggies in tow, wash and chop them right away and store in a pretty glass container in your fridge.

It's chips and dip time. You can also do this with other foods, like making a batch of quinoa for the week or roasting a bunch of veggies to throw together for quick lunches. Eat lunch like a king You've heard to make breakfast the biggest meal of your day, but you may not be that hungry when you wake up. In fact, "your biggest meal should be around noon when your digestion is at its peak and you can feed your body when it actually needs fuel," says Dr. That means you don't need a huge meal at dinner only to sit and catch up on True Detective and then go to bed.

But "big" doesn't mean burger and fry big. At lunch , emphasize protein and greens, like a hearty bowl of lentil soup and kale salad. Drop the food guilt It's trendy to think "food should be fuel" or that food is something that helps you lose or, ahem, gain weight.

But thinking only in terms of number on the scale takes away a huge part of what eating is about:

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