With the beginning of yet another year, many people made resolutions to live healthier and happier in 2009 by making lasting changes.
My personal resolution is to make your journey easier – by giving you the tools, the knowledge and the step-by-step instructions on how to incorporate small changes into your lifestyle.
Easy changes that will lead to big results!
January is weight loss month – and I am sure you’ve all been hearing about it from the steady stream of infomercials to Oprah’s coverage of the topic and Joy Bauer’s launch of her wonderful new program “LIFE Diet”.
On SkinnyChef.com, several extensive articles also focused on weight issues, but I want to emphasize that it’s not only about weight loss: it’s also about maintaining weight more easily and being rid of yo-yoing weight gain forever. Even if you’re happy with your current weight, be sure to peruse all the resources featured on SkinnyChef.com, so that you can continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still having fun in the kitchen.
My second resolution is to help more people: I am counting on you to spread the word in 2009, and tell your friends and colleagues about the Skinny Chef. One way to do this is to forward this newsletter and/or tell them to subscribe to it. I am also happy to announce that I will join AOL as their new healthy cooking expert – so stay tuned for more content.
Making New Year’s Resolutions Last
Who doesn’t like to make their New Year’s resolutions last throughout the year? In a recent TV appearance, which aired this month on Better TV, I share easy “Skinny” tricks that allow you to ditch the diet and still lose (or maintain) weight!
In my discussion with Audra Lowe, I touched on many aspects that I cover in more depth in my free Ditch the Diet email course, including why radical fad diets can be harmful or why resisting your guilty pleasures may actually put on the pounds.
Eating Healthy All Week
Eating right just got easier! In the November 2008 issue of Self Magazine, I share delicious suggestions for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and dessert – for each day of the week!
What’s more, I’ve included a handy shopping list that really saves you time: Simply buy what’s on the shopping list to make a week’s worth of tasty, low-calorie meals. Bonus: Wherever there’s a star, I’ve made the plan even more convenient with precooked ingredients to use in later dishes. You’ll gain time and may even lose a pound or two!
Is It Harder for Women to Ignore Hunger?
A study entitled “Women less able to suppress hunger than men” recently caught my eye. It speculates that women have a harder time resisting foods they love because of brain signals that send “hunger” messages to the stomach – messsages that are stronger and more prevalant in women compared to men.
In my article, I discuss the study’s main conclusions and the link between hunger and health – then share some safe ways to suppress hunger.
Do You Know What’s In Your Food?
Are processed foods to blame for the sharp rise in obesity? This is a question I’ve encountered from many of my readers, so I thought I’d start out by shedding light on what additives are commonly found in processed foods, before discussing the link between fast food and obesity, and how to change over to a healthier diet.
The main concept behind “Fast Foods” is that they can be mass-produced, and are cheaply, readily and quickly available when you walk into that burger joint or reach for that prepared food in the supermarket isle. In order to deliver on that promise of affordability, food manufacturers have to make certain choices: preservatives, food coloring, saturated fats, flavor enhancers, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, or fillers. All ingredients you would not encounter in a home-cooked meal.
What Really Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup?
Triggered by a TV commercial that described high-fructose corn syrup as a healthy, all-natural food additive, I decided to give my readers a close-up look why high fructose corn syrup is so prevalent in our diet and what health implications its use has brought on.
The article sparked several comments, including medical professionals that called “this […] an excellent post. Succinct and to the point.”
Sneak in Exercise?
A recent blog entry by my friend Maridel Reyes talked about a very real dilemma that many of us “health focused” folks face: There are times when we simply can’t do what we are used to doing, that is exercise during busy times in our lives.
Check out my own five simple ways to keep the momentum going, even when you don’t have time to do your complete exercise routine.
Happy & Healthy Cooking in 2009!
P.S. – Check out what others are saying about my brandnew 14-Day Kick Start Weight Loss Program – it shows you how to maintain your weight more easily while still including all your favorite foods. Enroll today, and get several bonus audio segments!