Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating: Not the Usual List

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of reading the re-runs of holiday eating tips this time of year.  Every time I see the teasers on the cover of every magazine in the grocery store rack, I can’t resist looking to see if anyone has come up with something different than “Bring a[…]

Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

We all need them – quick, easy, delicious, healthy, (and YES, pretty!) meals.  I made this last night to go with my baked walleye with almonds.  It took very little active cooking time.  I love creating dishes when inspiration hits! When the air gets crisp, I crave fall vegetables in hearty dishes with rich flavors.  This[…]

I’m Back. Oh the Adventures I Had!

It has been over 2 weeks since my last post, quite unusual for me!  My son got married in Seattle on Sunday, October 6, and I decided to give myself a break from technology during my 2 weeks on the West Coast. Congratulations to Brent and Marina!  May they be this happy for the rest[…]

Don’t Diet – Change Your Lifestyle . . . Do you get it yet?

I couldn’t agree more.  Why do all of the trendy diets work for a while, and then people often gain back what they lost?  The simple reason is:  How you eat is much more important than what you eat.  The “what” usually takes care of itself when people are developing a “peaceful” eating pattern that[…]

Build Strong Mental Skills to Enhance Weight Loss Efforts

I picked up a recent issue of Runner’s World magazine, intrigued by the teaser on the cover:  “Beyond the Mantra – Transform Your Running with Your Mind”.  Hmm, sounds like something I talk about often, but in reference to eating habits and weight loss.  “Transform Your Eating with Your Mind” would be the title I[…]

You like jamoca ice cream? You must be a moral perfectionist.

Does your favorite flavor of ice cream accurately predict your personality?  Check it out here and see.  Baskin Robbins claims that your flavor of choice says something about who you are. Trying to check my favorite brings up a character trait – I hate to choose.  I like them all.  If I had to choose,[…]

What’s wrong with the big picture?

This is an important question, one we are too seldom encouraged to ask when we embark on a weight loss plan.  Eating habits are not easy to change.  They are much harder to change when we forget to ask, “What’s wrong with the big picture?” The approach to obesity and weight loss in the U.S.[…]

Better Light Salad Dressings

I have a confession, not one I am at all ashamed to admit – I really do NOT like bottled light salad dressings.  Most of them just don’t taste good!  Bottled dressings in general will have more chemical additives than home-made – of course – but the light or fat-free ones tend to have even[…]