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…


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…


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…


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?…


Halloween Treats

My husband and I have always enjoyed Halloween. Years ago I declared it my favorite holiday. I like Halloween more than Christmas. Early in our relationship my husband and I decided to celebrate the…


Sugar Rule #1: 15 Grams or Less

Snacking has become a mindless activity. No wonder we have an obesity crisis. I never once saw my dad snacking on a bag of chips. My mom, either. They ate their meals at the prescribed time and that…


The Legend of "Stingy Jack"

Many of you already know I am Irish. My “23 and Me Report” says I’m 92.6% Irish. Now, THAT is a LOT of Irish. As an adult my favorite holiday became Halloween. My husband and I used to have huge…


Someone’s in the Kitchen with Zola

Guest Contributor Chris is married to Zola. They are celebrating their 37th wedding anniversary this month.  "No one is born a great cook," said Julia Child. "One learns by doing." One of the…