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Mexican Dinner Salad

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There’s a new buzzphrase in the dieting community that is getting lots of coverage. It’s called intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is the concept of going 12 to 18 hours without food. Some research is showing it’s a great idea.

When I first developed Plan Z, I designed it ...Read more

Italian Sausage and Zucchini Bake

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My trainer was on her way to my place to work out with me when she spotted something in the middle of a very busy street. She thought it might be a light-colored rat at first and realized it was a kitten frozen in fear in the middle of the road. She risked her own safety and stopped the car to grab the tiny kitten. Because she was meeting with ...Read more

Lemon Curd

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Memorial Day was always a fun holiday at my house. As a kid, I remember the day to be sunny and not too cold. I’m sure that was not the case every year, but my memory holds that weather report on record anyway. One of the other things I will remember about Memorial Day is kittens. Spring always brought a fresh batch of furry babies into our ...Read more

Celery Apple Salad

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We were all taught the same thing. Calories in. Calories out. It’s all about the calories.

When I was a young teenager, I bought one of those pocket-sized calorie counting books they sold at the grocery store. They were prominently displayed by the check out. I took it home and it didn’t take me long to memorize it. I was obsessed with ...Read more

Veggie Stir Fry

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As a youngster, I attended a Catholic grade school.  In those days we gathered for morning Mass every day.  When I was in second grade I was allowed to receive Communion, but that meant I had to fast for three hours in advance.  So no breakfast at home for me before I hopped on the bus.  Instead, I took my breakfast to school with me. Just ...Read more

Juicy Tomato Pesto Tart

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I’m calling this My Independence Day. I’m not talking about our country and the 4th of July. I’m focused on myself. Today’s the day I have completed getting both of my vaccine injections and fulfilled my waiting period to get my immunity under full force. I feel like I graduated or something. It’s not changing my behavior a ton, but ...Read more

Chicken and Chili Casserole

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It’s that time of year. You go to your doctor for the annual physical. The nurse has weighed you on the way in. Now you’re sitting on the exam table in the horrible paper gown waiting for the doctor to appear.

The doc walks in the door and declares that you're officially obese. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) has been calculated and it’s over ...Read more

Mushroom Steak Sauce

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I’ve never been that fond of the grill. I think I can trace it back to when I was about 20 years old. I bought a charcoal grill that came in a box. I had to put it together. Even with perfectly clear directions, it still took me five hours to get that thing ready to cook a hotdog. It wasn’t the most expensive grill so it didn’t last more ...Read more

Lobster Rolls

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Hold onto your seat folks! You are in for a dose of some bumpy data!

A year to the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic a study came out. Three thousand people were surveyed. The questions were about weight gain. Before the pandemic, 93 million adults in the US were already obese according to the CDC.

Forty-two ...Read more

Blueberry Sauce

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The Best Advice I’ve gotten on COVID. The most hopeful and helpful thing I’ve read so far on the virus came from my naturopathic doctor in Chicago, Dr. Terese. I miss her. She’s a brilliant woman. Good thing I am still on her mailing list. I am revisiting what she sent to me one year into this saga because I still feel this is the best ...Read more

Pecan Crusted Fish Fillet with Lemon Sauce

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten into a rut since this whole COVID thing started. Really, I've gotten into a bunch of ruts. As things start to loosen, it’s time to start brainstorming how to get out of the ruts without endangering our recovery.

The topics of what kind of ruts we’ve gotten into vary and can be really personal. I, ...Read more

Chicken Scallopini

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A year ago to this day, our town went into lockdown. Restaurants closed. Pubs that served food closed. Heck, everything closed.

I haven’t been to a restaurant since. It’s super sad. One time we ordered a pizza for a weekend lunch and my husband picked it up. Another time we ordered a batch of burgers so our staff could have lunch on the day...Read more

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

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People ask me all the time how we are coping with the pandemic. It has its positives and negatives for sure. Now that we are one year into this, I thought I’d give you some insight into our world.

Our New Offices are Open

For the first 7 months of the pandemic, our shipping department operated out of our garage. We had to leave our ...Read more

French Onion Soup Dish

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Your support means the world to me.

As I look back over the past year I have so much to be thankful for.

A year ago this week I was battling COVID. The doctors didn’t know I had it at the time because it was so early in the pandemic. They gave me antibiotics and steroids for the horrible respiratory infection they thought I had. COVID didn�...Read more

Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash

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It was late afternoon. I was at the grocery store picking up a few items to make dinner.

I passed two women greeting each other. One of them had a young daughter in tow. The girl was maybe 7 years old. The moms were maybe in their late 30’s.

We were all in the dairy section; the area with the big refrigerators full of milk and cream. The ...Read more

Famous Burger Meatloaf

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When you’re on a diet, having a strong weight loss support system can mean the difference between success and failure. We have a major league support team at Plan Z, but if you can add a personal support network to that and buddy up with a partner, the benefits are even greater.

A weight loss buddy (or an accountabilibuddy) can be a spouse or...Read more



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