Brain Gunk

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…


My Independence Day

I’m calling this My Independence Day.  I’m not talking about our country and the 4th of July.  I’m focused on myself. Today’s the day I have completed getting both of my vaccine injections and…


How your waistline can expose your health risk

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…


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…


It’s Been a Rough Ride

Hold onto your seat folks! You are in for a dose of some bumpy data! A year to the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic a study came out. 3000 people were surveyed. The…


Hopeful 2021

The best advice I’ve gotten on COVID. The most hopeful and helpful thing I’ve read so far on the virus came from my naturopathic doctor in Chicago, Dr. Terese. I miss her. She’s a brilliant woman.…


Time to Start Digging Out

I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten into a rut since this whole COVID thing started. Really, I've gotten into a bunch of ruts. As things start to loosen, it’s time to start brainstorming how to…


The Best of the Pandemic

365 days ago, our town went into lockdown. Restaurants closed. Pubs that served food closed. Heck, everything closed. I haven’t been to a restaurant since. It’s super sad. One time we ordered a pizza…


COVID 1 Year Later

People ask me all the time how we are coping with the pandemic. It has its positives and negatives for sure. Now that we are one year into this, I thought I’d give you some insight into our world.…


Your Support

Your support means the world to me. As I look back over the past year I have so much to be thankful for. A year ago this week I was battling COVID. The doctors didn’t know I had it at the time…


7 Reasons to Diet with a Buddy

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…


Why Resolutions Fail

The football game is over. The score is in the record books. The bets are paid off. Interesting fact: over $6 billion is bet on the Super Bowl worldwide. Most of that is illegal betting; the kind…


How to Zolafy a Dessert Recipe

I’m one of the lucky people who can read a recipe and taste it in my head. I hope you are one too, but if you’re not, with a few guiding steps you can still learn how to turn an unhealthy dessert…


The only chocolate you should eat

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…


Kitchen Hacks for Enjoying Lower Carb Pasta Meals

I’ve been low carb for a long time now. That doesn’t mean I don’t like pasta. Most restaurants just serve too much of it. What you get at most Italian restaurants in the US is a huge portion – dare I…


Diet Advice Gone Wrong

When I was a young teen in the early ’70s, I can remember coming to breakfast one morning and my father was sitting at the end of the table crabbing about his breakfast. My father had eaten the same…


The Sweet Smell of Garlic

The first time I tasted roasted, whole garlic was in a restaurant called Bistro 110. This was about 1983. My best friend had ordered it for us to share. I sat stunned, staring at it when it arrived…


Enjoy the Super Bowl Without Gaining Weight

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…


How Fast Can You Lose Weight and Stay Healthy?

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 1…


A Holiday Chat with Zola

We sat down recently to chat with Zola and learned all “merry” of things holiday-related: Do you go “all-out” with your holiday decorating?  I used to. Now I do what I call “holiday lite.” This year…