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Fitbit Mania

When the “10,000 steps a day” craze started, my husband and I bought in. We strapped pedometers to our waistbands and got hoofing it.

Over our lunch break, we’d tie up our athletic shoes and head to the dog park around the corner. It’s a big park. Two blocks long on each side. We’d walk at a brisk pace around the ...Read more

Frozen Yogurt Bark

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Everyone wants to know if they should eat early. My first experience with that was back in the early 80’s when I used to jump around in front of my TV following Jane Fonda’s exercise tapes. What a waste of time that was.

I did that routine just about every day but it never helped me lose weight. Maybe it toned me a bit but I never peeled ...Read more

Italian Burgers

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Clean Grillin'

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 ...Read more

Roasted Red Potatoes with Onions and Balsamic Vinegar

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Resistant Carbs

I have to admit. I’ve been keeping a secret.

I have had good reason to keep the secret, and that is, there wasn’t much data out, and I didn’t want to send you down a rabbit hole unprepared for the results.

I’ve been harping over the years on how bad for you the “white stuff is.” Bread, pasta, potatoes and ...Read more

What Margarine Does To Your Body

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Pop Quiz: If you put a lump of margarine by an ant hole, the ants will:

A) Ignore it.
B) Bury it.
C) Close up shop and move away.


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Zucchini Carrot Saute

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Is Eating Gluten Free More Healthy>

Going gluten-free is all the rage right now with urban and rural hipsters. Many people are jumping on the bandwagon; especially young adults in their 20s and 30s. They do it for good reasons, but they don’t realize how they are being manipulated.

Step back to the 80s and I was in the same boat. I ...Read more

Braised Swiss Chard with Pine Nuts

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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

Zolafied Berghoff Spinach

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Why Do Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women?

It’s a fact. Men lose weight faster than women.

I hear about it every day. When a husband and wife go on Plan Z together, the wife will invariably complain at some point that her husband is ahead of her in the weight loss battle.

There’s no one to blame except Mother Nature. Here’s some ...Read more

White Chocolate Crème Brulee (custard) with Strawberry Coulis (sauce)

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Fat Tuesday in the Old French Quarter

Fat Tuesday is here folks. The end of Mardi Gras, and for many, the beginning of periodic fasting or giving up something special for Lent. The party’s over for those who follow these traditions; at least until Easter.

People go all out on Fat Tuesday. New Orleans is the city most famous for their ...Read more

Sunday Chicken

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A Sharp Knife Can Save A Finger

My father was an engineer; a smart and precise man who had his weekend rituals. About once a month, I’d find my father at the kitchen table on a weekend afternoon sharpening the kitchen knives.

He’d have a sharpening stone in front of him set on a spread of newspaper print. He had a little can of oil that ...Read more

Plan Z Fudge Cake

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Can chocolate possibly be good for you? YES. A resounding yes.

Here’s what you have to remember, though:

You need to eat GOOD Chocolate. That means DARK chocolate that is 72 percent cacao or higher. Good news is the number is front and center now on many packaged chocolate bars.

You need to eat it in moderation. You don’t buy one of those...Read more

Ham and Broccoli Casserole

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The football game is over. The score is in the record books. The bets are paid off.

Interesting fact: more than $4.2 billion is bet on the Super Bowl worldwide. Most of that is illegal betting; the kind that happens in the office pool, the corner bar, or even a house party.

I can make a bet too and have pretty good odds. I bet whatever ...Read more

My Best-Ever Stuffed Mushrooms

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The question is: How fast can you lose weight and stay healthy?

I’m not sure anyone knows the answer for sure. In my experience with dieting I’ve heard everything.

Those who say you can only lose one to two pounds a week and diet safely are using methodologies that generally can only produce one to two pounds of weight loss per week. That ...Read more

Zucchini Lasagna

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The weather was awful. The party was a blast!

2016 was the second warmest year on record according to the National Weather Service. That warmth translated into a ridiculous rain on my 2017 birthday.

I bring this up because I have tracked the weather on my birthday since I was a kid. Almost every year we’ve had snow on my birthday; not just ...Read more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

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For months I have been dreading turning 60. I hated turning 40 too, so my solution for that was to party in New York City and then head off to Bermuda.

At this juncture, my business needs my attention so no opportunity to fly off and look the other way. I must keep my feet firmly planted right here.

I have to admit that just recently I’m ...Read more

Chicken Verde

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Dateline: January 3rd
Time: Late afternoon

Goal: I’m in my car headed to the grocery store to buy fresh food for dinner. That’s what I do. I buy fresh food. I eat very little processed food so I buy food fairly often to make my meals.

On this particular day it was a madhouse. The grocery store parking lot shares spaces with the ...Read more

The Top 10 Reasons to Resolve to Eat Low Carb

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1.) It lowers your cholesterol. Since 2002 over 20 human studies have been done that prove low carb eaters lose more weight and that it actually leads to improved cholesterol results. Has your doctor been barking at you to get your cholesterol down? This can help – a lot.

2.) You’ll lose weight. Low carb diets are more effective in losing ...Read more

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