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Review by Debbie Mazo


When it comes to healthy eating, there's enough mixed messages around to make anyone confused. Stroll through your local bookstore and you'll see dozens of titles praising the virtues of everything from fat-free to low-carbohydrate eating regimens. If you're looking for some straight talk on healthy living and nutrition, surf on over to for a no-nonsense approach to eating well.

FoodFit.comFounded by Ellen Haas, former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, is overflowing with nutritional and fitness resources for creating a balanced lifestyle. Don't know where to begin? leads the way with the Get Started section. Answer a short quiz and you can build a personal profile, plan healthy meals, and calculate how many calories you burn daily. With your profile, you'll get a customized lifestyle analysis including food groups you need to improve on, specially designed recipes, and links to other parts of the site that can help get you on the right track. Sign up as a member, and new recipes and tips will be emailed to you throughout the year.

The Getting Started section is just the tip of the iceberg. Exercise addicts will love the Fitness section full of pointers on how to maximize your workout. From fitness trends to staying motivated, shows you how regular exercise can enhance your life. Going beyond regular fitness information, also offers guidelines on how to keep your mind in shape. According to the site, the most precious gift you can give yourself is to celebrate the qualities about yourself that help you to control your own performance.

If it's healthy recipes you're looking for, is definitely the right site. Click on Healthy Cooking and you'll find menus for the week, recipe reviews, and a chef's network with access to food samplings and tips from some of the best chefs in the country. For hundreds of healthy recipes, search through the recipe database by typing in a keyword or selecting from a category. Dessert fans can have their cake and eat it too with healthy choices like Carrot Walnut Cake sweetened with crushed pineapple. If you're looking for meat-free alternatives, offers unique choices like Polenta with Wild Mushroom Ragout or Grilled Eggplant Roll-Ups Stuffed with Goat Cheese. All recipes on the site include serving suggestions, nutritional content, and preparation time.

With more consumers turning to the Internet for online grocery shopping, has jumped on the bandwagon. Shop the marketplace for specialty foods that will complement your personal profile, as well as kitchen gear, books, and food gift baskets. Whether you're shopping or just browsing, takes the guesswork out of keeping you and your family healthy and happy.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2000, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.



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