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Diets

My 5 New Year Health Resolutions

My 5 New Year Health Resolutions

Starting a diet is a January ritual and I’m here to tell you to do something different: Don’t “go on a diet”. Just make healthful choices. Permanently, most of the time. This is what I do. Permanently. Most of the time. It works. The term 

Holiday Food Judgement

Holiday Food Judgement

When it comes to food and weight: ‘Tis the season for judgment, guilt and shaming. Don’t eat fat Don’t eat sugar Don’t eat once-a-year holiday treats Don’t drink. Especially don’t drink eggnog unless it’s non-fat and artificially sweetened with fake whipped topping (Ugh, why bother?) 

Winter squash for my favorite risotto

Winter squash for my favorite risotto

When a craving for cold weather comfort food hits, some people do mac and cheese. I do risotto. It’s easy to put together on short notice, filling, and delicious. Add a green salad or some chopped raw vegetables and you’ve got a meal. Cooking risotto 

Stuffed Pumpkin for Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Stuffed Pumpkin for Vegetarian Thanksgiving

What’s a vegetarian to do? Thanksgiving dinner is built around the turkey. Roast turkey is a showpiece food, plus it smells wonderful. The side dishes are typically vegetarian: green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberries and green vegetables. Even dessert is OK; pie 

I love peanuts

I love peanuts

Some people love ice cream. Some people love chocolate. Some people can’t stop eating chips. My secret food addiction: homemade bread + a touch of unsalted butter + a generous dollop of so-called ‘old fashioned’ creamy peanut butter. I love peanuts, but old fashioned style 

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners, even the so-called “natural” ones. They’ve been hyped as the solution to weight loss. Substituting artificial sweeteners for real sugar was supposed to reduce obesity by cutting calorie intake. If only. Instead, the obesity epidemic exploded. So, not 

5 reasons to include soy foods in your diet

5 reasons to include soy foods in your diet

Last year I did a webinar on vegetarian diets. I talked a bit about the convenience and nutritional benefits of soy foods like tofu and tempeh. Some attendees expressed fears about soy safety, because soy contains isoflavones that are chemically related to estrogenic hormones. There 

Red lentil chickpea zucchini soup

Red lentil chickpea zucchini soup

At some point every summer, there’s just too much zucchini.  Gardeners can’t give it away.  Another problem: zucchinis quickly balloon in size and become inedible.  I pick zucchini small, assuming I can find them in time.  The small ones are slightly sweet, with a distinctive