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Apple Chips

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While developing Plan Z, I never really thought much about what I now call the Crunch Factor. I was never the kid in our family that face-planted in the bag of potato chips. I left that to my brothers. I went for the donuts.

I never wanted to eat the hard candy. I’d rather have a brownie or ice cream for my treat.

After designing ...Read more

Crunchy Ginger Chicken Salad

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My move to the South has opened up a whole new world to me.

Things big and small that I never saw or experienced in the North pop up all time.

My lesson today is about bugs.

The first bug I was introduced to this summer was the Stink Bug. My husband and I started seeing what seemed like GIANT bugs to us. They are about the size of a quarter ...Read more

Tipsy Plums with Sweet Cream

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Remember that jingle?

When the cravings get tough, I think some people DO scream!

The good news is there is a way to have your ice cream, eat it too, and not gain weight.

Food companies are getting a clue that we want to have it all, but we know we can’t eat it all. So, they are making ...Read more

Grilled Mexican Chicken "Boats"

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My mother used to carry a big purse with her in the car. She had all that stuff in that bag that moms with small children do. The interesting thing was when she went into a store she usually just grabbed her wallet and ran in. She’d leave us kids in the car (when it was deemed okay to do that sort of thing). As a child, I thought that purse ...Read more

Chocolate Ganache

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We survey Plan Z dieters on occasion and ask them all kinds of questions. In a recent survey, we asked them the biggest reason they decided to go on a diet and chose Plan Z. You know what the most popular answer was?

I, for one, was surprised by the answer.

The most popular answer was, “I could not stand the pain any longer.”

My hips hurt...Read more

BBQ Ranch Burgers

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One of the tricks to making good burgers when you’re dieting on Plan Z is to find a way to keep the burgers as moist and juicy as possible. Usually, the secret to a good burger is the fat content. The higher the fat content, the juicier the burger will be. I ask dieters to use 93 percent...Read more

Baked Kale Chips

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My mom never had trouble getting me to eat my vegetables; except those times when she served lima beans. I hated lima beans. They were my "vegetable to avoid." I thought they were so disgusting to chew, that I’d swallow them like pills. I flushed them down with milk.

My family believed in the “Clean Plate Club.” You didn’t leave the ...Read more

Asian Chicken with Veggie Slaw

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You’ve probably noticed that I'm regularly trying to convince you to eat whole, unprocessed foods. Every recipe I write uses what I consider unprocessed foods (with minor exceptions).

To keep it simple, let’s start off with some definitions:

What are processed foods? Processed foods are anything you buy in a package in a grocery ...Read more

Easy Enchiladas

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When you were in grade school did you have to write a paper each year about your summer vacation?

I always dreaded the “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” report. It was not that I hated to write. I liked that part. I just felt like my summer vacations were a bit dull. I didn’t do a very good job of highlighting what happened at the City ...Read more

The Perfect Tenderloin Steak

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For years I had a love-hate relationship with cast iron cookware. Now that I have more cooking experience, I adore cast iron.

I have to tell you my cast iron story.

Not long after I moved into my first apartment, my mother gave me two of her Lodge heavy-duty cast iron fry pans. She was getting new cookware and there was no room for them in her...Read more

Melon Mandarin Salad

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Since the second set of stimulus checks went out, I have been trying to be observant of how that money is being spent.

Sure seems like a whole lot of people have decided they need to get away. Vacation travel is way up. I have even heard of some hotels that are getting difficult to book. My husband and I had a similar experience. We decided to ...Read more

Beef Enchiladas

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When I was a young girl of 12, I became obsessed with weight. Twiggy was the super model at the time and she was rail thin. I thought I needed to be like that. I wasn’t obese by any means. Turns out I was a normal 12 year old, but I was worried I was too fat to be in my sister’s wedding so I started trying to diet.

The first thing I did was...Read more

Pumpkin Pancakes

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Even if you never touch dessert it’s still easy to have too much sugar in your diet. We all know now that sugar is virtually everywhere in our food system. Plan Z dieters know to stay away from things like bread, pasta, pancakes, baked goods, sodas, fruit drinks, and virtually every processed food. When you include HFCS (high fructose corn ...Read more

Collagen Fruit Smoothie

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I went to my naturopathic doctor a couple of months back. I have been dealing with an infection in my digestive tract that I contracted after a series of antibiotic prescriptions. It’s been a nightmare. She had some new test results for me. One of the first things she told me was I am not getting enough protein. I squealed at her, “I eat ...Read more

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



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