Tips for the Lazy Dieter Part III: Healthy Frozen Meals

Too tired or lazy to cook?  The answer to your dilemma might be healthy frozen meals.  The term "healthy frozen meals" might sound like an oxymoron because a lot of frozen meals are high in sodium, saturated and trans fat and other unhealthy ingredients.  In researching this post, however, I have discovered tasty and satisfying frozen meals that are not so high in sodium, have little or no...

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...

Eating Breakfast Can Help With Weight Loss

Did you know that eating breakfast can help you lose weight?  Recent studies suggest that eating breakfast helps us to jumpstart our metabolisms in the morning and avoid overeating throughout the day.  They also suggest that skipping breakfast makes us more likely to overeat later to make up for that skipped meal.  My go to breakfast on weekday mornings is usually a packet of high fiber...

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...

Easy Ways to Get in 7+ Fruit and Vegetable Servings Per Day

In my quest to lose weight, I started seeing a doctor of Chinese medicine referred to me  by a friend.  During my first visit, she told me, among other things,  that I had to start eating 7 to 11 fruit and vegetable servings per day.  I looked at her as if she had two heads, but I decided to give it a try.  What did I have to lose but weight and years of not so healthy eating habits? At...