When Snacks are FOOD

Snacks are important. They sate the hungries in between meals, particularly important for that mid-afternoon sprint. Good snacks prevent the big blood sugar dips and peaks during the day and help us avoid the sugar-laden Snickers temptations that really don't do much for us nutritionally and just make us hungrier in a short time. Good... Continue Reading →

Veggie Creep

Veggies are not at the top of my Favorite Foods list. I can honestly say I know of no one for whom they are. Doesn't mean I don't like any vegetables - there are some I love but as a side to/part of other stuff that really are favorites. For instance, I love tomatoes and... Continue Reading →

Eating Out

Mindset: Calories don't count when you eat out with friends (or family on special occasions). Lunch, dinner, or at the movie grill - eat what you love, live... make a memory. Enjoy it to the max. It's all GOOD! That said, it doesn't hurt one bit to at least explore the "lighter fare" section of... Continue Reading →

Love on a Plate

My mom was born in 1924 on a family dairy farm near Rolla, MO. She and her identical twin sister were numbers 3 and 4 of what would become a family of 9 surviving children during the depression years. When my mom talked about scratch cooking it had little resemblance to what we call scratch... Continue Reading →

Planning and Organization

Included recipes: Barbie Taters, Southwest Chicken Salad I hear you groan. Admit it. "Planning and Organization" sounds like the dreaded four-letter word that starts with 'w'. In reality, planning and organization will save you a ton of time and w*** while making it easy day-to-day in keeping with your positive eating plan. It allows you... Continue Reading →

Have it Your Way

Included Recipe: Pasta Pomodoro When you cook your own meals you can make choices that serve your taste buds and calorie requirements. You don't have to settle for what's in the grocery freezer department. One of my complaints about prepared entrees such as Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine is that they are too small to... Continue Reading →

I Can Has Cheezburger?

Included recipes: Swiss Cheese & Mushroom/Onion Burgers, Horseradish Sauce (In case you don't understand the title, go to LOLcats.com right now. Come back after a laugh or 3. Never enough of those.) This post isn't about cats, though. It could be. But it isn't. It's about cheeseburgers. Right at the top of my Favorite Foods list... Continue Reading →

Why Calorie Counting?

In my long experience, calorie counting the only thing that works to keep me aware and in control. I see promises all the time about just count carbs or fat grams, just eliminate sugar and white foods, just don’t eat after 2PM, on and on. Tried ‘em all, well not the don’t eat after 2PM... Continue Reading →

Make it Once, Count it Once

Included recipes: Tuna Salad, Instant Pot Mini Frittatas The problem with calorie counting is having to figure out the calories for everything in every meal. It’s measuring and/or weighing every damn thing. Tedious and just not sustainable over the long haul. But it’s essential to know what you are consuming if you want to lose... Continue Reading →

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