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Italian Green Bean Salad

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The Skinny on Sugar Part 2

In our last installment, I talked about how there are a lot of myths and misinformation still floating around that relate to how we get sick and whether it has anything to do with sugar.

I covered the topics of Heart, Brain, and Teeth.

Today we will tackle 3 more, starting with Gut Health.

(Once again, my ...Read more

Quick Grilled Chicken and Veggies

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I’m planning on this being a two-part series. I want to give you the skinny on the newest science related to sugar. I want to dispel some serious myths and set the record straight.

This information was shared in a publication called Cut the Sugar by Better Homes & Gardens. I could call it a book, but it was more like a thick magazine.

I ...Read more

Chicken and Chili Casserole

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Editor's Note: We think you will enjoy this previously published Zola classic.

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 ...Read more

Sugar Cookie Wedges

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Cookie Mission

When I was just a tween there was another war going on. That one was the Vietnam War.

My brother-in-law was in the navy. He was stationed on the aircraft carrier named after John F. Kennedy; our slain President. The “JFK” (as they called it) was sent to the Mediterranean Sea so it would be closer to Vietnam if it was ...Read more

Celery Apple Salad

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Enjoy this previously published Zola classic!

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...Read more

Veggie Stir Fry

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Enjoy this previously published Zola recipe!

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.  ...Read more

Going Home!

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Now for the news we have all been waiting for...
We are going HOME!
We got the approval.

The cardiologist said, “Fly, Fly, fly away!”

The urology surgeon said, “I’m so proud. You were so brave. You have come so far. You are cancer-free. Go home.”

Now for some details:

We will pack up and leave here soon. We are not ...Read more

Pork Chops with Thyme and Mustard

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Intermittent Fasting

There’s a new buzz phrase 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 as two full meals, or two ...Read more

Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Zucchini, Baby Bok Choy and Cherry Tomatoes

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The Update on Chris Lytle, VP Anger Management

So many of you dieters have been concerned about Chris and keeping tabs on his progress. I thought I’d offer this major update.

On St Patrick’s Day Chris was released from the hospital. I fed him and his brother meatloaf made with my mom’s recipe, mashed potatoes and corn. If you’re...Read more

Mushroom Steak Sauce

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Editor's Note: We think you will enjoy this previously published Zola classic!

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 ...Read more

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

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I worked for a woman named Marilyn Lewis in 1980. I only met her in person once, but she made a lifelong impression on me.

Marilyn and her husband Harry lived in LA. He was an actor. Actors are not always working constantly and some fall on harder times. Harry knew that and had experienced that himself.

Besides acting, Harry dreamed of opening...Read more

Baked Salmon with Bragg's Sauce

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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 seven years old. The moms were maybe in their late 30s.

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

Sweet and Spicy Acorn Squash

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Editor's Note: Please enjoy this previously published Zola classic!

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 seven years old. The moms were maybe in their late 30s.

We were all in the ...Read more

Famous Burger Meatloaf

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Editor's Note: Enjoy this previously published classic from the Zola archives!

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 ...Read more

Cognac Truffles

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Many diet gurus will tell you that chocolate is high in fat and calories and to stay away. But there’s more to it than that. I’m here to tell you that when you are finished dieting, chocolate can be part of your eating plan on a fairly regular basis.

As president and “Chief Dieter” of Plan Z, I get chocolate-related questions fairly ...Read more

Caramelized Pears

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Life's Curveballs

It all started December 3rd.

My husband was wheezing so I talked him into going to the walk-in clinic. He’s not crazy about doctors and getting him to the ER during a pandemic was unthinkable. He hasn’t been sick in so long I can’t remember.

The clinic diagnosed pneumonia because of fluid in his lungs and sent ...Read more

The Chili Championships

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Editor's Note: Kick off Super Bowl season with this Zola classic!

One of my favorite Super Bowl parties was one I called the Chili Championship

Here’s how it works:

You set up a chili buffet with all the fixins. This works really well because people can get up from the TV viewing area and do self-service on the chili. At my previous...Read more

Chicken Under A Brick

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Is Natural Really Natual?

Coming out of college my first job was working for one of the Big Food companies. I was assigned to the Marketing Department.

Can I just say it? I loved my job! LOVED it.

I loved it so much I enrolled at Northwestern University to take more courses on marketing. I worked all day at marketing and I absorbed ...Read more

 

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