My Name is Shannon and I am a Petty Bitch

I am a petty bitch. I am putting that out there for all to see. It's the truth. Allow me to explain. About two years ago, I joined Weight Watchers and lost thirty pounds. I felt awesome and confident and attractive and proud and invincible--all emotions I had not encountered in years. I loved it. However, as with all good things, it was not to last. In the past year, I have slowly packed the pounds back on. And then some. I am not sure what happened. I rediscovered a love of ice cream. I learned a new skill--baking....more

11 Natural Treatments For Depression: An MD's Tips For Skipping The Prozac

As an MD, I’ve watched too many of my colleagues yank out anti-depressant samples every time a patient starts to cry. So on behalf of physicians everywhere, let me apologize for our trigger-happy prescription-writing behavior. I don’t mean to diminish the pain someone who is depressed might experience. But tears are healthy. Sadness doesn’t always need treatment. And it’s important to remember that the pain muscle and the joy muscle are the same. If you can’t feel one, you won’t feel the other....more

Lissa, thanks for offering a physician's view on this. Instead of talking about my manipulative, ...more

Get Thee Behind Me, Menopause, Thorn in My Flesh…and Heart

Still grappling with weight loss—shame-faced (and oozing lots of it!)—I admit today that I didn’t lose a single ounce this past week. But I didn’t gain any either! Perhaps it was the package of Honey Ritz crackers I almost finished the other night, and the reaching over, with greed, a few times into my husband’s plate to sample bites on another, and, I’m sure, the one-too-many glasses of wine I felt the need to saturate myself with because of the constant ache I felt in my heart....more

The Temple's Foundation

In my previous post My Body My Temple…Or My Body My Minimally Maintained Shelter???...more

To eat or not to eat

After posting all the things I'm not supposed to eat, I decided to check out some other elimination diets....more

Me and Menopause: Cooking and Eating and Losing Weight!

Living in the persona of “menopausal,” my heart is divided: my love of gourmet foods—cooking and eating—which undoubtedly feeds my soul, and the desire to lose weight and be thin again. The mirror and my eyes are deceitful; what I see is an artifact, a relic worn-down by time, with just remnants of life still left. The life left is a cross between Phyllis Diller and Mama Cass. But I’ll content myself for now with the knowledge that I am losing weight. I’ve lost another 3 pounds!...more

Lose Weight: Break Up With Unhealthy Restaurants

I am a firm believer that you can create a healthy meal almost anywhere you go, whether it be fast food, chain restaurants, or the mom-and-pop diner.  I pride myself on my ability to do this.  I have stood in defense of McDonald’s when in the documentary, Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock tried to illustrate the reality of consuming McDonald’s for every meal for an entire month, only because I could do the same experiment and stay within healthy boundaries.  That being said, some restaurants have let me down in my pursuit to “keep it healthy.”   I’m a f...more

The New Restaurant Menu Sticker Shock: Calories!

Although shocking at times, I am in full support of seeing those calorie numbers on the restaurant menus.  I write this from Panera Foods, and many kudos to you, Panera for posting calories on your menu boards.  A few studies have looked at whether posting calories at restaurants affect what people order and they have found that some people are affected and some are not.  Teens ordering behavior, for example, was found to NOT be affected by the calorie numbers.  One of the reasons speculated for behavior NOT changing as a result of calorie information being posted is t...more

Cheat Sheet: How to Use Coupons for Better Nutrition

What took off when the economy tanked? Coupon clipping. We all eat, we all shop and we all want to get the biggest bang for our bucks and using coupons is one way to accomplish all of the above. Whether you flip through the pages of a Sunday newspaper, check the website of your favorite supermarket or search the circulars of your neighborhood stores, you’ll find a wide range of savings at your fingertips if you use coupons. ...more

I used to do my meal planning based on what we were in the mood for, but now I mostly do it ...more

Groundhog's Day Is the Key To Weight Loss

Ground Hog’s Day is the key to weight loss?  What kind of title is that?  Even the “Cookie Diet” doesn’t sound as ridiculous as this.  Keep reading...   Remember the 90’s Bill Murray movie, Ground Hog’s Day?  This is the one where he plays Phil, the arrogant, crotchety weatherman who wakes up to find out that he is reliving the day before, over and over again....more