Tips for the Lazy Dieter Part IV – Making Quick Healthy Meals From Frozen Foods

You don't have to cook everything from scratch to make a healthy meal.  With a little help from your grocer's frozen food section, you can have a healthy, tasty and satisfying meal on the table in minutes - and I'm not talking about frozen dinners. For example. I recently discovered Gorton's Grilled Tilapia Fillets.  Some of you might roll your eyes and call me Christopher Columbus.  You might...

Figure-Friendly Lunch Ideas Part II: Making the Most of Leftovers

Taking leftovers to work is hardly a novel idea.  In fact, there are very few novel ideas in the world  - whether we're talking about writing or food.  However, from time to time, I find myself rediscovering and getting inspired by old ideas that really work.  For example, for dinner tonight, I had a turkey meatloaf sandwich.  It sounds like I consumed a million calories in a diner,...

Open Your Mind and Your Palate to Succeed at Weight Loss

When I was a small child, my family often took  the train to Chicago to visit family members.  We would have meals in the dining car during the long trips.  One day, my mother bought us breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, toast and bacon.  I don't know if it was the movement of the train or if I was coming down with the flu or what, but I got very sick and I associated the illness...

Tips for the Lazy Dieter Part I

I probably should change the title for fear of offending someone.  "Tips for the Busy Dieter" or "Tips for the Dieter Who is Short on Time" (aren't we all?) would probably have worked just as well.   But, to me, the phrase "lazy dieter" had a ring to it. I once got an e-mail from a friend who said that she admired the fact that I found time to write and diet.  Time to diet?  That phrase...

Secret Weapons For Weight Loss

When we think of dieting, we think of being hungry and having to eat boring, bland food.  Just the idea is enough to send us to the refrigerator to eat everything in sight.  One of the tricks to being successful on a diet is to find ways to satisfy our appetites (physical and emotional) without overeating.  Some ways to do that include practicing portion control, substituting healthier...

Get Inspired

One evening, after a particularly grueling day at work, I dragged myself home, warmed up some food and had dinner sitting on the couch in front of a TV tray while I watched cooking shows.  I wasn't in the mood to write a blog post.  I certainly was not in the mood to write fiction.  In fact, I wanted nothing more than to just mindlessly veg in front of the TV set.  There wasn't much of me...

Learning to Cook Healthy Dishes Leads to Weight Loss

I was never known as the cook in my family.  My mother is a fantastic cook.  She can "burn" in at least five different cultures.  She learned to cook from her mother and from spending summers on a farm in Tennessee.  Later, she made friends of different nationalities and took a little from each culture.  She learned to cook Haitian food from her Haitian friends, Jamaican specialties from...