Women know that unless you are in great shape or very young, there will be wobbly bits to compress. But who expected shapewear for men to be the next big thing? And why not? Everyone wants to look good - at least in their clothes. The new contour undies are not like girdles and waste-cinchers before them and, for guys, they are flying off the shelves.Continue reading...
I used to think chocolate was a rich and sweet treat best enjoyed from fancy packages with European names. While by no means an expert, I thought I knew a thing or two about this dark and delicious food so many of us adore. However, after traveling directly to the source in Mexico and Central America, I now realize chocolate and cocoa is a much more interesting and diverse product, with a fascinating history.Continue reading...
It was no big surprise that last week, more than 6 million viewers, hungry for drama, entertainment, and perhaps a little motivation to forever change their food and fitness behaviors, tuned in to watch Losing It With Jillian. On her new reality show, the famed Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels berates, belittles, breaks down, occasionally consoles, and ultimately builds up overweight and overburdened families.Continue reading...
I’ve always considered myself a fan of hot and spicy foods. Often, while others complain of burning throats and tingling lips, I’ll be found reaching for the nearest chili-infused condiment to add a little extra heat. Naturally, I was very excited to arrive in Mexico and sample the huge variety of hot sauces offered with each meal. In addition to acting as a spicy boost to everyday meals, I was surprised to find Mexicans add chili powder and hot sauce to things I never even imagined.Continue reading...
Geneen Roth’s new book, “Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything” has held the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller advice list for the past 10 weeks. Roth is an expert on compulsive eating and, over the past twenty eight years, has written seven other books. Last month, she was on Oprah and after reading “Women, Food and God,” Oprah said she’s never going to diet again!Continue reading...
The city of Puebla is often considered one of Mexico’s culinary centers. It is the birthplace of classic dishes such as the spicy mole poblano sauce and colorful chiles en nogada and has a rich tradition of turning out highly-skilled chefs. Puebla is also the home to some more exotic delicacies. Spicy grasshoppers, ant eggs, and worms can be found in markets or on menus during certain times of the year. While these items are unlikely to be found back home, another unusual specialty has recently been gaining popularity outside Mexico, prized for its taste and nutritional properties.Continue reading...
Bride-to-Be Beauty Check List:
The bride is ready for the red carpet! It's a fact: Brides-to-Be are highly motivated to lose weight.Continue reading...
During my travels in Mexico, I’ve taken a number of trips to local supermarkets in order to stock up on healthy meals and snacks. Large and modern supermarket complexes can be found everywhere, including some familiar huge U.S. chains; however there are some interesting differences to be found once you step inside and start exploring the aisles.Continue reading...
Have you ever finished a candy bar and wished you had just one more bite? Are you surprised when your hand hits the bottom of the popcorn box? Do you ever feel lethargic or miserably stuffed after you eat?
I’m sorry to report that phony exercise equipment, herbal supplements, and other weight-loss scams are not just a US-phenomenon. Here in Mexico, where I’ve been traveling for the past few weeks, television commercials with ridiculous claims saturate the airwaves day and night. On many cable-TV channels, it would appear weight-loss products make up more than 50% of all commercials. Here are some of my favorites:Continue reading...
It’s that unsung hero that has myriad functions in the body. Potassium helps balance fluid and mineral levels, supports muscle contraction (it helps the heart beat steadily), and transmits nerve impulses. It also helps blunt the blood pressure-raising effects of a high sodium diet, and may even help prevent future bone loss. While it may not inspire water-cooler conversation, potassium—a key mineral found most notably in leafy greens, fruits from vines, and root vegetables—truly deserves star status in our diets.Continue reading...
In Jamie Oliver’s TV series, Food Revolution, he visits an elementary school in Huntington, West Virginia and encourages schoolchildren to expand their culinary palates and enjoy more nutritious, healthy foods. Kids that try new foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are given a sticker that says “I tried something new today” and learn to love (or at least tolerate) items they originally shunned.Continue reading...
If you’re like most dieters you sometimes use food to cope with difficult feelings. Instead of only eating when physically hungry, you may turn to food when emotionally vulnerable. Understanding what emotional eating means is a great first step! The next step is to ask yourself, “What am I feeling?” and instead of turning to food, ask, “What do I need?” Here’s a guideline to help you identify and manage your feelings so they’re not managing you.Continue reading...
Last week, a magazine writer interviewed me for an article about "cheating". I know that “cheating” is a concern of Calorie Counters because it is often discussed in the Community Forums. And so, with that in mind, I thought you might be interested in my notes from the exchange.
Do you sometimes confuse “head hunger” with physical hunger? Sometimes I want a brownie really means I want pleasure, I need comfort, I deserve a reward, or I wish I could tell you how I really feel.Continue reading...
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