The piggy bank

It’s hard to explain how my mind works on any given day. I once tried to explain how I thought about calories to my mom, and I don’t know if she understood, but I still think of a piggy bank when I ask myself why I am restricting. All right. So, imagine you are an anorexic. You know you really need to eat more, but for some reason unidentifiable to you, your brain enjoys making you think that every calorie that passes your lips could be the one that makes you pack on the pounds....more

Avoiding New Year's Resolution Regret

This week, I was all in my head, once again, wrestling with the mounting responsibilities of life, concerns, and to-dos—not to mention the personal goals I’d set for myself. And with talk of New Year’s resolutions rearing its ugly head, the thought of doing anything just seemed overwhelming. As I considered the size and weight of these personal challenges—those I accumulated over this last year as well as those on the horizon of a new year—I could feel my facial expression contorting into a mixture of visual frustration, fatigue and fear....more

Recipes That Will Keep You Fit during the Holiday Season

Recipes That Will Keep You Fit during the Holiday Season...more

Christmas tree diet report

“Tell me something good,” I said, curled up next to Mr. T on the couch after dinner last week.“Cold Stone,” he replied.“RUDE!”This set off a discussion about how I desperately wanted Cold Stone but couldn’t have it thanks to myChristmas tree wager. In August I (foolishly) gambled that I could lose 13 pounds by December 1. If I win, I get a long-coveted Vitamix. If I lose, no Christmas tree. (No. Christmas. Tree.)...more

Maintaining My 6-Pack After 4 Kids: What I Eat

Are you ready? This is what I like to call a “Matrix” moment. You know in the movie, “The Matrix” where Neo (Keanu Reeve, aka Johnny Utah) is about to learn the dealio of life and he’s given one last chance to turn back? Well, this is one of those moments, because what I’m about to tell you, you can’t come back from. Once you’ve learned the truth there is no turning back....more

Change the Way You Look at Carbs

Raise your hand if carbs stress you out!How many are too many? When should I eat them – before lunch? No carbs after 3pm? Only on odd days when it’s cloudy with a 30% chance of rain? Come on! We are giving carbs WAY too much credit.Check this out:...more
omnivores such as humans can survive medium-term on most anything considered food. food science ...more

No, He Really Can't Have It. Please Don't Sabotage My Child's Special Diet!

My son Leo is on a medically managed diet for a non-autism-related medical condition. Which is easily manageable, as long as we plan ahead. Every so often, though, we find ourselves in social situations with dietary complications, and encounter folks who dismiss our, "I’m sorry, he can't eat that," with, "But why can't he have just one bite? Surely that won't hurt." 

 If you've ever been that causally dismissive person, I'm asking you to please stop. Please stop right there. And listen hard, and then repeat: Do NOT contradict someone who has told you their child can't have a certain food. Don't do it. Just don't. Again, please. ...more
An uncle actually told me once that if I just prayed over my food I could eat it.  I have ...more

Th Great Cheetos Robbery

When trying to lose weight, we are all faced with the same plight ...CRAVINGS! ...more

Navigating Change With Grace, Beauty and Ease

 We’re heading back to school and lots of kids are groaning right now. Some adults are grumpy too. It’s time for change. My household is going through a huge shift. My daughter is leaving home to attend college, and my son is starting high school. Weren’t they just toddlers? ...more