Savoring the Season: The Gift of Good Eating

It’s probably no surprise that this season when Christmas trees get trimmed is also the time when waistlines get expanded. But by following a few guidelines, it is not too difficult to enjoy the celebrations of the season without packing on the pounds. Enjoying holiday cheer is good. Repeatedly saying “Cheers” and knocking back cocktails…

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Celebrity Corner

Chef Denise is helping her friend Stacy Francis, finalist on The X Factor, lose weight. Watch Wednesday and Thursday and vote for Stacy! http://www.thexfactorusa.com/vote

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Beat the Heat with Mango Salsa

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here, but that’s just the way things go: When I’m too crazy-busy in the kitchen, the blog just doesn’t make the cut. This time, however, I’ve decided to just bite the bullet because I couldn’t let the scorching heat wave of last week wreak…

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Spring into Summer

I’m just now thawing out from my winter’s hiatus from blogging, and I have the perfect recipe for anyone looking for a tasty way to celebrate spring. I’m not crazy about salads in cold weather, but when things start to heat up, there’s nothing better. I find this Red, White, & Green Salad recipe that…

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Chef on a Diet—Year-End Review

So, here we are with 3 days left til the new year, and it seems like the perfect time to evaluate my weight-loss progress for 2010. On February 1st, I started following California Chef’s Weight Loss program, and I have to say, even I was surprised how easy it was. By July 11th (the date…

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Chef on a Diet—Down 25 lbs: 3 weeks left!

What happened to June?! What a crazy month it was, and July is also whizzing right by. With my work schedule, exercise continues to be a challenge for me. I have started swimming a few times a week, but I am hoping to really take it up a notch in these next 3 weeks. I…

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Chef on a Diet—Down 20!

All I can say today is hooray! Well, I guess there are two things I can say: Hooray, and here’s a recipe for a great panini: Jalapeño Turkey Club Panini 2 pieces whole wheat bread 1 ½ slices fat-free Swiss cheese 8 slices shaved turkey 1 T chopped tomato 1 slice turkey bacon, cooked and…

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Chef on a Diet—Midway Maintenance: Holding at 17

After I hit the 17-lb. mark, I had to make a decision on how to handle the upcoming 3 weeks. I had a number of events that were definitely going to make dieting a challenge: a wedding and 3-day weekend in Rancho Mirage; Connecticut cousins coming to visit the next week; and then Mother’s day…

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Chef on a Diet—After 11 Weeks: Down 17

The last 2 weeks have been incredibly busy both at work and at home, so I was actually shocked to see the scale saying I have now lost 17 pounds! I have to say, it has been challenging. While dieting these last two weeks, I have celebrated my 18th wedding anniversary, spent a weekend with…

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Chef on a Diet—After 9 Weeks: Down 14

A visit from my parents this weekend made it another challenging week. At least I’m going in the right direction, losing 1 lb. since my last weigh-in. More out of town visitors are coming this weekend, so I am keeping this short so I can go Zumba!

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Chef on a Diet—After 8 Weeks: Down 13

My first week without weight loss—Ugh! But, as I’ve said before, I need to be able to live with this plan, so if it takes me a little longer to lose, I’ll deal with it. And, I didn’t do as well balancing out my fun activities w/ increased exercise as planned. Moreover, I didn’t expect…

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Chef on a Diet—After 7 Weeks: Down 13

Almost half way there! I think it’s time to kick up the exercise a notch. Although I know that exercise is really important for general good health and weight loss, I have been holding off on joining the gym or going gung-ho on Zumba (an exercise DVD that I purchased 1 ½ yrs ago). I…

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