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Healthy Eating Horoscopes
Your Perfect Diet is in the Stars
-- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer


When it comes to cooking and eating healthy foods, you might not reach your goals if you're following a plan that goes against your true nature and personality. If you're spontaneous, then meal plans might make you feel stifled, while an outgoing personality won't stick to a diet plan that involves cooking a lot of meals solo, for example. If you're struggling to make a healthy diet work for you, then reach for the stars! Check out these healthy eating horoscopes that will give you pointers based on the nature of your astrological sign.

Aries: March 21 – April 20
Aries are known for taking initiative. So don’t wait any longer! Learn more about proper nutrition and craft the perfect plan for you. If you’re craving pomegranates but your local produce section is sorely lacking, talk to the manager. If you want them, lots of other people probably want them too. As an idea person, you can take a little bit of this and a little bit of that that from your cupboard to create a new recipe. You may discover a new family favorite! You are all about inspiration and imagination, so if your meals are getting a little boring, mix things up by adding some new, exotic ingredients to your menu. Experiment with ethnic spices, instead of relying on the same meals week after week. You might find you’re satisfied with less on your plate if what you eat is extra flavorful.

Taurus: April 21 – May 21
The physical, sensual side of life is very important to the Taurus, and meals are one way to express that sensuality. Good food and good wine are as essential as air to you, but don’t let yourself get stuck in the high-fat trap. Wean yourself off full-fat milk and cheeses to save hundreds of calories without sacrificing flavor. Nurture your earthy side by planting your own vegetable garden and enjoying fresh, homemade soups and salads, with ingredients grown with your own hands. While some people might find you bull-headed, your reputation for being stubborn can be a good thing—you won’t give up on your weight loss goals, even if they’re taking longer than you expected.

Gemini: May 22 – June 23
As a Gemini, you value the thought process, so put on your thinking cap this week and design a meal plan you can stick with. Let go of your need to follow a diet perfectly—adjust it to suit your palette. Satisfy your analytical side by keeping a food journal to assess your dietary habits. If you're eating more calories than you thought, switch to a smaller plate for instant portion control and stop reading at the table—you need to pay attention while you’re eating. You’re interested in people around the world, so indulge your curiosity by learning about French cuisine and then whip up a meal fit for a king!

Cancer: June 24 – July 23
Home and family are very important to the Cancer sign. And nothing says family like sitting down for dinner together every night. Trying to juggle preferences can be difficult, so have everyone choose a day of the week to plan the menu themselves. You might discover some great meal ideas that you never would have considered on your own. Security is also important to you, so keep your freezer stocked in case you can’t make it out to the grocery store. Your love of the water comes out in your preference for seafood. Be careful about dipping everything in melted butter and other high-cal sauces. A little lemon juice makes your catch both calorie-friendly and flavorful at the same time.

Leo: July 24 – August 22
A natural-born leader, the Leo can be a bit of a bully in the kitchen. Put down that wok and let someone else make dinner tonight. If you can’t relinquish control of the stove, at least let your family have a say in what you cook. Your charisma will come in handy the next time you’re at a busy restaurant—your server will be happy to keep your sauces on the side after you flash that charming smile. If you’re thinking about starting a weight loss challenge or group, your magnetism will draw lots of friends to come along too. While you pride yourself on being an individual, the team approach will help you keep your eating habits in check—it will be easier to resist that cake when you know others are expecting you to keep your diet resolutions.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Virgos are the analysts of the Zodiac, so use your ability to look at the big picture and figure out what’s holding you back from your weight loss goals. If you see a harmful pattern in your eating habits, make the effort to change. Instead of concentrating on losing that last ten pounds, focus on increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat every day. You might find that the weight comes off when you’re not thinking about it all the time, so cut yourself a bit of slack and learn to love yourself just the way you are. Since you absorb information easily, take the knowledge you already have in your head and apply it to your life. You know cookies aren’t going to help you reach your weight loss goals so develop an organized diet plan. Spend some time this weekend with a cookbook and plan your meals for the week so you won’t be tempted to order takeout again when you’re rushed for time.



Libra: September 23 – October 23
Because Libras need balance, you start to feel edgy and anxious when one part of life is taking over. Instead of trying to diet and exercise perfectly, lower your expectations a bit. Having an extra dessert once in a while is okay as long as it doesn’t become a habit. You instinctively know how to look at a complex situation and simplify it—why not use this ability to help your friends navigate the food label jungle? They could use your help deciphering how much fat is too much. You like to have your own way, so make sure you use this trait when you go out for meals. Don’t be afraid to ask for broiled chicken without sauce—you’re paying for the meal, so have it the way you want!

Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
As a Scorpio, you tend to feel guilty about not being perfect. It pains you to realize your diet is not as good as it should be. Remember that you’re human and everyone makes diet mistakes sometimes. Take it one meal at a time and realize that one slip up doesn’t mean your whole diet is ruined. If you ate too much chocolate today, forgive yourself and move on. Take satisfaction in knowing that you are working hard to achieve you diet goals. Remember that self-love is the first step towards happiness and you deserve the best in life--even if you never lose those last five pounds.

Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21
If you’re a Sagittarius, you get real satisfaction by doing. So cook your own meals as often as possible. Combine that trait with your social side by trying a meal assembly kitchen, where you chop, blend and prep several recipes (along with other food lovers) for future use. An organized cooking class will make you feel claustrophobic however, so check out a new cookbook and learn how to make the meal of your dreams on your own. You’ll revel in a real sense of accomplishment when you taste the delectable recipe you prepared all by yourself. You love to broaden your horizons, so don’t limit yourself to eating the same meals every week. Herbs and spices are your friends, so visit an ethnic grocery store and stock up on some new ingredients for your culinary adventures.



Capricorn: December 22 – January 20
As a Capricorn, you hate to be like everybody else—you want to stand out as an individual. So why do you think a one-size-fits-all diet plan is going to work for you? You’ll do better if you listen to your body and eat the pure, fresh foods that make you feel alive. You love to try new things, so experiment with some of the exotic fruits in the produce aisle. You’ve always wanted to try star fruit, so what’s holding you back? You are naturally drawn to the extreme side of life, so spice up your meals with the hottest peppers you can find. Spicy can even raise your metabolism, making it easier to reach your diet goals. Losing weight never tasted so good!

Aquarius: January 21 – February 19
If you are an Aquarius, you thrive in social settings. Take advantage of your friendly nature and sign up for a French cooking class. You might even meet someone special (or at least a few new friends) over some wine and cheese! Your open mind makes it easy for you to try new foods. You’re always the first one to try a new recipe or cooking gadget. So when you find something that’s really great, spread the word. Why not have a Sunday afternoon cooking party and share some recipes with your friends? Everyone can prepare their favorite meal and you’ll have a freezer full of meals for the week when it's over. You have a strong social conscience, so buy organic whenever possible. You’ll feel better knowing you’ve done your part to keep the earth healthy.

Pisces: February 20 – March 20
The Pisces sign is naturally drawn to the arts and this applies to cooking as well. A meal becomes a work of art in your hands. Food has to taste good and look good in your book, so you give each meal a little flourish to make it extra special. You love to show off your cooking skills and nothing makes you happier than hosting a dinner party. The more the merrier in your opinion! You appreciate the mystical side of life, and that comes across as deep gratitude. Your heart is genuinely filled with appreciation every time you sit down to eat, so take a little time before each meal to be thankful. You'll also enjoy sharing your blessings by volunteering at a food bank or community garden so that you can help others who aren't as fortunate.

Marj .... Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down.

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