Reason #99 to Never Enter the Grocery Store Without Your Grocery List

The grocery store. Fraught with pitfalls. Even if you eschew the inner aisles and their processed pseudofoods in favor of the whole foods found around the outside of the store, you must still contend with the bakery and its temptations.

This is why all the experts advise us to come with shopping list in hand. Stick to the list! No inpulse purchases. It’s good advice, but the list serves another purpose as well. It turns out that we’re more likely to make emotional, impulsive choices when our rational brains are busy… [Read More]

The Easiest Fat-Busting Strategy That You’re Probably Not Using

You’ve probably heard or read news articles during the past couple of years about how excessive sitting is bad for your health.

Scientists are increasingly warning that sitting for prolonged periods – even if you also exercise regularly – could be bad for your health. And it doesn’t matter where the sitting takes place – at the office, at school, in the car or before a computer or TV – just the overall number of hours it occurs.

It’s frustrating to hear. Even if you bust your butt at the gym five days a week, “it may not be enough to counteract ... [Read more]

Surprise — an award!

I’m honored to receive my first ever blog award. Totally unexpected! Thanks so much to Bobbi at Up the Creek Without a Paddle for thinking of me… [Read More]

Top Strategies for Watching Calories When Dining Out

Eating out. Sometimes it seems impossible to make good choices. Restaurants sell more food when it tastes good, and the easiest way to make it taste good is to add fattening sauces or unhealthy amounts of salt or mounds of sugar.

Mmmmmm. Delish.

So what’s a girl to do? That skinny girl is screaming to get out, so you could grab some chocolate to shut her up before ordering a plate of fried chicken. Or you could buck up and devise a strategy to make sure your meal doesn’t turn into a dieting disaster.

Here are some of my top dieting strategies ... [Read more]

Vacation Calories Are Free: How to bounce back from a dieting disaster

Tell me if this has ever happened to you before. You’re on vacation, say… camping. So you’re camping, and for breakfast you have pancakes, some potatoes (cheesy potatoes? Okay), and Spam.

For lunch, you’re in a hurry because the cruise for the shoreline tour is leaving soon, so you opt for the only fast-food joint in town – Hardee’s.

Your husband likes to call them “Hardly’s,” as in “hardly ever the right choice.” There are not many diet-friendly items on the menu.

There’s no Hardee’s where you live, and you discover that they still have your favoritist thing on the menu, a Frisco ... [Read more]

Pay at the Pump

To lose weight, I try to incorporate a lot of little strategies. One strategy is to pay at the pump.

Not a strategy, you say? I respectfully disagree. The gas station convenience store is fraught with dieting pitfalls. Take this glorious, thigh-expanding, artery clogging example of heavenly goodness. I love love love these things. All 450 calories of them.

I'm pretty sure I've been in gas stations that sold nothing but Little Debbie chocolate pies.

In fact, whatever your dieting weakness, the convenience store seems to stock more of it than anything else.

Why put yourself through it?* Don’t go inside. Pay at ... [Read more]

Healthy Living: One Change at a Time

I saw this great article at zenhabits.com called Get Started: From Overweight to Healthy and wanted to share.

Make one change today.

If you’re overweight and unmotivated to change your life drastically, just make a tiny change.

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But how do you start getting healthier and fitter? How do you change a whole slew of habits, from eating too much to eating fried and sweet and fatty foods to drinking sodas and sweet coffee drinks to being sedentary?

You make one change. A tiny little one.

I love this. One tiny change is all it takes to get the ball rolling. After the first tiny change ... [Read more]

Your iPhone Means You Never Have to Count Calories Again

I hate tracking calories. If I had an iPhone, it’d apparently be a thing of the past.

Well, that’s what the makers of Meal Snap would have us believe. Sit down for a meal, snap a photo, and Meal Snap will give you a calorie range:

Bacon, eggs and hashbrowns? You’ll be taking in between 290 to 436 calories. Mixed salad with goat cheese? That’ll cost you 330 to 495 calories. You may be better off with roasted red peppers and toast for 111 to 166 calories.”

Quite a range on some of these dishes. Okay, so it might not have the accuracy ... [Read more]

Food Journals: You Don’t Need to Track Calories to Lose Weight

Seems counterintuitive, right? Everyone knows that food journaling is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off. A well-known study in 2008 showed that people who kept a food journal lost twice as much weight as people who didn’t.

Food journaling is even more effective when you share your journal with others. That extra bit of accountability makes a real difference. I recommend reading the whole article, but if you’re pressed for time, just read this part:

“You’re accountable to yourself when you’re writing it down and you’re accountable to other people who are looking at your ... [Read more]