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I’m an environmental lawyer and professor at Vermont Law School. I like to cook and clip recipes from EatingWell, but rarely read the articles. To my surprise, I really enjoyed “Flying the Coop” [Jan/Feb 2017]—thoughtful, balanced, informative, easy to read. One of the very best treatments of the issues I’ve read.

In one month clean up your diet by following our simple, nourishing plan filled with whole foods and healthy recipes. Get started at eatingwell.com/webextra

MARC MIHALY, EAST CALAIS, VT

DOUG ANDERSON, LITTLETON, CO

EatingWell magazine always blows my mind with the most lovely, beautiful and delicious salad ideas. @danacostantinoyoga

837 The number of farm destinations in the U.S. Farm Stay Association, up from 300 in 2010. farmstayus.com Want to stay on a farm for vacation? See “Farm Stays for Every Taste,” p. 16.

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E A T I N G W E L L March/April 2017

TRANSFORMATIONS

Cooking to Lose When Daniel Wolkow stepped onto a paddleboat during a family vacation in July of 2013, it started to sink. So the 40-year-old college professor waved his wife and 6-year-old daughter on without him. “As I watched my girls paddle away, all I could think about was what else I wouldn’t be able to do with them as my daughter grew up,” Daniel says. “Paddleboats today, horseback riding tomorrow?” At 6'2", 420 pounds, Daniel knew his weight would always get in the way. He decided to change that. Today, he’s down to 230 pounds. Daniel’s weight-loss journey started with Weight Watchers online. That summer, the Philadelphia resident downloaded the Weight Watchers app to track everything he ate and began weighing himself each Friday. He started to see how much he was really eating. “I was a big eater,” he says. “I could have two meals to everybody’s one.” He tweaked his WW diet to be lower in calories, plus he cut out added sugar, started drinking his coffee black and ate vegetables “constantly.” His family also went from eating out most nights to eating his home cooking, BEFORE

a newly discovered passion for Daniel. Around the same time he started logging his points, Daniel got hooked on Pinterest, bookmarking hundreds of healthy dinner recipes. Favorite sources include EatingWell and blogger Emily Bites. “I’m always looking for something new to make,” Daniel says. “This week I made tom yum soup for the first time! Last night I made healthy chicken piccata; tonight I’m making salmon burritos.” Since he reached 230 pounds in 2015, portion control is still Daniel’s biggest challenge. He continues to use the WW app as a food diary to stay accountable and weighs himself on Fridays. What keeps him motivated? His family. “We went to Honduras in 2016 and went horseback ridAFTER ing. That’s the first time I was under the weight requirements to be on a horse,” he says. “All those little things keep happening. I’m keeping up my healthy choices, so I can do stuff with the people I love.” —Lucy M. Casale

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: FENSKEY/ADOBESTOCK;ANDERSPHOTO/ADOBESTOCK; COURTESY DANIEL WOLKOW; B44022101 /ADOBESTOCK

Thank you for explaining everything I wanted to know about the animalwelfare impact of my eggbuying dollars. I would love to see a similar article telling me the differences in animal welfare between the many types of ground red meat at the supermarket (cheapest, grassfed, bison, etc.).

 
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