Monthly Archive:: December 2011


He Made it to Goal! A Guest Post by “Mr. Second Helpings”

Dear Readers, I have often mentioned my husband and our mutual weight loss success.  On Monday he weighed in at his Weight Watchers goal weight.  Here is his story, in his own words… Reflections on my Journey On Monday (December 26th) I gave myself a great late Christmas present. At our weekly


Time to Celebrate

Saturday at midnight we will be ringing in a brand new year but our family is already celebrating. I am a bit late with this announcement – On Monday my husband weighed in at our Weight Watchers meeting at his goal weight!  Yes, for those playing along at home that was the


An Exception to My Rule

When I write a post for this blog I am speaking from the best resource I have, my own experience.  In my last post, Feeding My Mind Changed My Body, I said that our bodies become our own to care for as we mature into adulthood. I want to go back and


Feeding My Mind Changed My Body

I have one body and it is mine to care for.  My parents were responsible for my first years, but it was their role to teach me how to care for my body myself.  When I entered my teen years, my parents began to fully release their control over my body and


Granola for Giving

There are just two days left until Christmas. I’m confident my readers have finished shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, traveling, etc. and are now relaxing with a cup of tea and a low fat cookie. However I happened to hear in a local news report that twenty five percent of people haven’t begun


Happiest Holidays to All

On This Eve One candle for Advent. One candle for Chanukah. A candle to brighten the longest night. Light a flame to remember, a flame for the future, and a flame to illuminate now. Let a flame glow for peace, unity, and hope. A spark for love. A flare for wonder. A


Grandma’s Nanaimo Bars

Emotional eating during the Holidays is not ALL bad. When I allow myself one (or two) indulgences at a time, I enjoy the experience of the food and better remember it later.  Most of the time I try to mindfully eat only what my body needs for nourishment. I really do enjoy


Ho, Ho, Oh Dear…

Bah Humbug!  Okay that is a little strong, but, I have suffered yet another disappointment in the kitchen.  I was really looking forward to producing an array of slimmed down holiday baked goods to share with all of you and my friends and family.  Unfortunately I am striking out left and right. Yesterday I


Redirecting with Sugar Cookies

I was supposed to go to a cooking class tonight taught by a chef and nutritionist.  The topic was festive holiday treats and desserts that were lightened up and fresh.  I was super excited to see what tricks she uses and get some new techniques.  Not enough people signed up so there


Birthday Smoothies

This morning I was sitting on the floor at a friend’s house watching my son run around the room and two things struck me.  First, I am so grateful that I am now physically able to sit on the floor.  For so many years it only took a minute or so before I lost


Meringue Cookies or The Snowmen Debacle

The other day I got a great idea for a Christmas confection, sort of a cookie, but a light and guiltless one.  I thought it would be super fun to make meringue snowmen.  My hope was to have cute little snowmen with the same crisp and airy texture as the pre-made puffs I have


Pomegranates – Super Delicious Super Food

Maybe it is just me but, I find it hard to get excited about the fresh fruit that is available this time of year.  I feel limited to a rotation of cold storage apples, oranges, or bananas.  This is precisely why I was so motivated to pick and freeze fruit during the

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