Inflation

Let’s face it. This inflation thing is eating our lunch. Sometimes literally! I’m recommending that in order to fight some of the inflation issue you consider a few behavior changes. Eat real food.…


40 Fast Years

Recently, the 40th anniversary of when my husband and I began our courtship arrived. Did I have it on the calendar and was anxiously awaiting the day? Nope. It was not even on my radar. So, what…


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…


How to Eat French Fries

A low carb instruction manual. When you go low carb, the first thing they tell you to do is to cut out all the white stuff. The pasta, the bread and the potatoes are the first to go. I agree with all…


The Skinny on Sugar Part 1

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…


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…


A Mother. A Leader.

When I was a teenager, I was involved in an organization called The Leaders Club.  The Club was headquartered at the local YMCA.  Gil was our adult supervisor. The Club was designed to give good kids…


We are going HOME!

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!” (In case you haven't heard about Chris' diagnosis you can read…


All Clear

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…


The Little-Known Queen of the Culinary World

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…


Hero Mommy

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…


Life's Curveballs

It all started December 3rd, 2021. My husband Chris (our VP of Anger Management) 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…


7 Reasons To Eat Low Carb

When I was growing up, most people believed that losing weight was all about "calories-in, calories-out." Today, we know it's a lot more complicated than that. The key to successful weight loss is…


Why NOT to Renew Your Gym Membership This Year

As the Chief Dieter and CEO of Plan Z (a food-based diet with no exercise required), I must admit, I'm a little biased about this subject. For the last 10 years, I've been helping dieters all over…


Strategies for Success at Holiday Gatherings

Are you going to be faced with small holiday gatherings this season? Plan Z dieters want to know how to keep from gaining the 6 – 7 pounds many do at the holidays. Some of these ideas are meant to be…


Sloppy Christmas

When I was a little girl, our Christmas was a bit different than what most families experience. My mother would save having the big dinner for the weekend after Christmas. She was a generous woman;…


The 10 Minute Cleanup

My husband invented one of the best kitchen innovations of all time. It’s called The 10 Minute Cleanup. I’m going to tell you all about it. This works magically at the end of any dinner party. Any…


The Menu

Traditionally, my menu for Thanksgiving gets set this week. Here’s a little bit of the history of Thanksgiving in my family. I always tell people it was my mom who taught me not to be intimidated by…


The Art of the Antipasti Tray

The definition of Antipasti:  An appetizer usually consisting of an assortment of foods, such as smoked meats, cheese, fish, and vegetables. Sounds like a low-carb platter of perfection, doesn’t it?…


Store These In the Fridge

From the Fine Folks at Southern Living Magazine a feature on things you should refrigerate (but probably aren’t) popped into my inbox. I found it very interesting. Even as a food writer I was failing…