Stimulus Strategies

Since the second set of stimulus checks went out, I have been trying to be observant of how that money is being spent. Sure seems like a whole lot of people have decided they need to get away.…


How I Read a Label

When I was a young girl of 12, I became obsessed with weight. Twiggy was the supermodel at the time and she was rail thin. I thought I needed to be like that. I wasn’t obese by any means. Turns out I…


6 Wonderful Sweeteners Better For You Than Sugar

Even if you never touch dessert it’s still easy to have too much sugar in your diet. We all know now that sugar is virtually everywhere in our food system. Plan Z dieters know to stay away from…


The Miracle of Collagen

I went to my naturopathic doctor a couple of months back. I have been dealing with an infection in my digestive tract that I contracted after a series of antibiotic prescriptions. It’s been a…


The Hair-Raising Rescue

My trainer was on her way to my place to work out with me when she spotted something in the middle of a very busy street. She thought it might be a light-colored rat at first and realized it was a…


Memories of Memorial Day

Memorial Day was always a fun holiday at my house. As a kid, I remember the day to be sunny and not too cold. I’m sure that was not the case every year, but my memory holds that weather report on…


Intermittent Fasting

There’s a new buzzphrase in the dieting community that is getting lots of coverage. It’s called intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is the concept of going 12 – 18 hours without food. Some…


Counting Calories

We were all taught the same thing. Calories in. Calories out. It’s all about the calories. When I was a young teenager, I bought one of those pocket-sized calorie counting books they sold at the…


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…