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

The Skinny on Vitamin D, the Sun, and Weight Loss

With daylight savings time bringing more sunshine into our day (thank goodness!) it reminds me of a question I was recently asked about whether vitamin D can help with weight loss.   Lots of hoo-ha about Vitamin D lately.   Vitamins seem to be taking their turns in the spotlight, eh?   First there was Vitamin C, kicking everything from scurvy to the common cold, even if the latter is more based on wishful thinking than scientific evidence… but hey, look at the market for Vitamin C-laced cough drops, cold-kicking concoctions, and even candy!...more

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This Is Your Body on Stress

“You are a pleaser! You are co-dependent!  You’re stressing right now about letting me down!  You’re anxious!  You’re tense!  And it’s *BLEEPING* you up!” Jillian Michaels...more

Beautiful, Capable, Trustworthy

A few days ago I posted about intuitive eating. My friend Sarah left a comment....more

The "Forget You" Diet

Ahh…  Cee Lo Green … we do think alike…  In a single phrase, his new Top 40 Motown-sounding hit, Forget You, says it all (click link below to listen).  Given my tendency to make just about anything relevant to weight loss (including Top 40 hits), I have composed a list of 10 things that deserve a big Forget You for long lasting weight loss… Forget You......more

Stop overeating and reconnect to your body

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