The Most Beautiful– and Trying —Time of the Year!

Coming Out Ahead of the Game by January 1st.

TNY 2015 32942377_shis is the best time of the year. Everyone says so. The truth is, if you’re trying to lose weight and/or eat healthy, this is also a very trying time of the year. We’re surrounded by food and beverages and more food and beverages.

Stop for a second–no, make that a minute–and think just what it would mean to you if you could handle the holiday temptations like a rockstar! It’s not impossible, you know. In fact, all it takes is a little planning and a lot of focus on what you want your January 1st and beyond to look like.

So many of us go into the new year with the resolution, “I’m really going to do something about my weight this year.” That’s all good, but imagine if YOU went into the new year with a different resolution because you’re already working on getting to a healthy weight.

If you haven’t yet started to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors, especially as it applies to eating better, my advice is to start now. If you’ve already started, but are contemplating blowing off the month, please think again. December is what heroes are made of. If you can improve your relationship with food at this time of the year, you got the other 11 months in the palm of your hands. Continue reading

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The Poor Artichoke: Shunned, Dissed & So Misunderstood! (by Chef Isabella)

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My heart aches for the artichoke. This edible thistle plant is shunned, dissed and misunderstand.  I get it. Besides being a little on the ugly-side, a lot of people push their carts right past them in the produce section for two other reasons: 1) they don’t know how to clean and prep them and 2) they don’t know how to prepare or use them. If you’re one that strolls on by with your nose in the air,  quit hating! You’ll thank me!

First off, purchase some. (easy enough, right?

Secondly, once you get them home, prep them. With a sharp knife, begin by cutting the a good bit of the end off (not the stem). Then trim off the first couple of layers of leaves because they’re just way too tough to eat. Continue reading

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The Why Files

(why cabinet)14342225_slow resKnowing what you eat and when you eat are important pieces of the weight-loss puzzle. I don’t care if you keep track in a Dollar Store notebook, on eTools or in a Weight Watchers weekly Tracker (members can pick up Trackers free in the Weight Watchers meeting room), if you want to gain control over your eating habits, you have to write it or type it, somehow, somewhere and consistently!

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