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Oscar Snacks


People who are trying to make good food choices keep asking, "What can I snack on while I watch the oscars?"

Here are some suggestions:

Baby carrots with salsa.
Dried apple rings.
Celery filled with low-fat laughing cow cheese.
Grilled chicken skewers.
Apples and Brie wrapped in smoked turkey.
A box of clementines (they're in season now).
Air-popped popcorn.

Just to name a few.

Feel free to add to this list by clicking on comments below.

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The Devil You Know


On Saturday in The Los Angeles Times there was an article about the law that New York is proposing that fast food restaurants post the calorie contents of foods next to them on the menu. If you knew the triple cheeseburger with extra bacon you were about to eat had 1,200 calories would it deter you from eating it? Or would it make you just feel more guilty for eating it?

Prepare for Valentine's Day


Let the Love Begin Today

"When I lose the weight I'll...." fill in the blank. Dress more fashionably, have better sex, flirt, enjoy my own company. We know you have a running list of your own.

Valentine's Day can be a day to dread. If you have a partner, it can be a day of high expectations followed by big disappointments. If you're single the day can exaggerate your loneliness and inflate your longing. If you still haven't lost the weight you want to lose, these feelings can be even worse. And what do all those feelings (coupled with easy access to chocolate) do? They lead you to overeat. So, what's the answer?

You can let the love begin today. This Valentine's Day, be your own valentine (whether or not you have a lover in your life). Everyone hates being told to love themselves first and yet there's some truth to that old cliché. When you remember that you're a unique person then every breath of a cardiovascular workout is a way to nurture your precious heart, a heart that keeps the irreplaceable you alive. Eating healthy food changes from an act of deprivation to an act of adoration—for yourself. These choices become the everyday ways you express love for yourself.

If you can predict the problems of Valentine's Day (or any other feared day), you can prevent them.

If you're partnered:

• Be explicit with your beloved about what you want. Set them up to win and then be thankful (we think it won't feel as good if we have to ask for what we want but you'd be surprised).
• If the day is generally celebrated with decadent food and desserts make plans to do something else instead (a shared bath or a moonlit walk).
• If you've been withholding sex because your weight makes you feel unattractive, conjure up a moment in your mind when you felt good about yourself, and use that memory to ignite a seduction. Remember that voluptuous women from Marilyn Monroe to Camryn Manheim to Queen Latifah simply know how to use their size and sexuality to their advantage.

If you're single:
• Give yourself the gift of a sensual pleasure (a massage, a pedicure, a restorative yoga class).
• Plan something fun with another single friend (for years I went to a fancy restaurant with my best friend followed by a rented movie – in those years I never felt sad to be without a date).
• Make Valentine's cards (for your single friends and one for yourself, too).

In short, don't wait for that someday when you lose the weight to start loving yourself or letting people love you. Start today. When you are full of love, you don't look for food nearly as much. This Valentine's Day we give you permission to binge but let it be a binge on love.