Burn Off That Turkey! 5 Ways to Blast Belly Fat This Holiday Season!

Join me on Monday November 26th at 7:00PM EST for a LIVE interactive discussion.

I have teamed up with Shindig Events to host a live, interactive book talk and discussion to reveal the best ways to beat belly fat over the holidays!

The average person gains 5-7 pounds during the holiday season- don’t let that be you! I will be sharing tips and tricks from my new book, Belly Fat Diet For Dummies, to help you effectively burn belly fat and actually lose weight before the New Year! Participants will also be able to ask their burning belly-fat questions via video chat during this live, interactive event!


RSVP at http://www.shindig.com/event/turkey

Live Chat Beings at 7:00PM EST




Happy (and Healthy!) Thanksgiving Tips!

Sure it’s the season to overindulge, but that doesn’t mean you HAVE to pack on the pounds! Here are some easy tips to have you enjoying Thanksgiving while avoiding that dreaded holiday weight gain! Remember- it’s all about balance!



Cut Calories by Using Low Fat Cooking Techniques:

  • Don’t stuff the turkey with the stuffing, as it absorbs much of the fat. Bake it in a covered casserole instead.
  • Use small amounts of butter and oil; substitute with chicken or turkey broth for additional moisture.
  • Sprinkle hot vegetables with dill for flavor instead of butter.
  • Roast the turkey on a rack so the fat drips away from the bird.


Choose Wisely:

  • Begin the meal with a salad. You’ll eat less during dinner.
  • Use the 1-10 rating system during Thanksgiving dinner. Rate each food that is passed on a 1-10 scale – 1, not appealing – 10, WOW, my favorite! Eat only 9’s and 10’s. Pass up the rest!
  • Don’t skip meals before the big meal that day. You’ll be too hungry and may overeat.


Don’t Let Dessert Be a Dilemma:

  • If more than one choice of pie is offered after the meal, choose ONE, not a bit of each.
  • Eat the filling of the pie and just a bit or none of the high fat crust. Use light or fat free whipped topping.
  • If visiting friends or relatives, bring a low-fat, low-calorie dessert that you would enjoy.


Walk Off That Turkey:

  • Include some form of exercise throughout the day
  • Take a walk with friends and family after dinner.
  •  Get everyone involved in the activity to make it fun and memorable.

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy!

Belly Fat Diet For Dummies is Released Today!

Today is the day!!! My new book “Belly Fat Diet For Dummies” is now available in stores around the country! If you are looking to shrink your waistline and improve your health, look no further- your solution is here! This book incorporates the latest research along with practical advice to help you lose weight quickly and effectively, but most importantly- keep it off for good!

To kick off the book launch we are having a blog tour. Follow the tour over the next two weeks for great recipes, interviews, and even giveaways! And to wrap up the tour, join me live for an interactive web-based video chat at Shindig Events shindigevents.com on November 26th at 7pm to discuss the book and answer all of your belly fat blasting questions and concerns!

November 7th Wednesday- Interview with Chew the Facts
November 8th Thursday- Book Review by Healthy Mom Magazine Blog
November 8th Thursday- Recipe with Fat Fighter TV
November 9th Friday- Review and Giveaway with Appetite for Health
November 12th Monday – Glamour.com 5 Ways to Fight Belly Fat Before Christmas (Vitamin G Blog)
November 13th Tuesday- Interview and Giveaway with Around the Plate
November 26th Monday- 7:00PM EST- Live interactive web-based chat with author at Shindig Events

Belly Fat Diet For Dummies can also be purchased at online retailers here.

Tomatoes- A Stroke Fighter?

Great news for all the ketchup lovers out there- eating more tomato-based foods can actually lower your risk for stroke! A new study found that men who had the highest levels of lycopene, which is an antioxidant found in high levels in tomato products, they reduced their risk of stroke by as much as 55% when compared to men with the lowest levels. That’s a pretty impressive statistic and it just goes to show how important diet is to heart health!

So why are tomatoes such a powerful deterrent against strokes? It may be due to lycopene’s ability to decrease inflammation and prevent against the formation of blood clots. Although there is no set standard on how much lycopene one should consume daily, it is recommended that you consume at least 2 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables per day, since this is the amount shown to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But ideally, when it comes to vegetables and fruit, more is typically better. I like to recommend at least 4 cups per day.

If you love ketchup and marinara sauce, you’re in luck! Just 1 cup of marinara sauce has more than 31,000 mcg of lycopene, 1 cup of tomato juice contains 21,960mcg, and one tablespoon of ketchup has 2,146 mcg! And if you don’t love tomatoes, that’s OK to. Lycopene can also be found in watermelon, grapefruit, mangoes, and papayas.

To help you increase your lycopene intake, try this great recipe from Tomato Products Wellness Council (http://tomatowellness.com)

Artichoke Turkey Pizza

TIME: Hands On: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings:
Makes 4 servings (1/4 pizza each)

· 1 prebaked thin pizza crust (12-inch)
· 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (1-1/2 cups = 6 oz)
· 1 can (14.5 oz each) Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano, drained
· 1 cup chopped cooked turkey
· 1 can (14 oz each) artichoke hearts in water, drained, coarsely chopped
· 1 can (2.25 oz each) sliced ripe olives, drained
· 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450° F. Place crust on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Top with tomatoes, turkey, artichokes, olives and Parmesan cheese. Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
· Nutrition Facts(Amount per Serving)
· Calories 512
· Total fat 18 g
· Saturated fat 9 g
· Carbohydrate 47 g
· Dietary fiber 3 g
· Protein 37 g

Book Review: Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies

I was so excited to be able to review “Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies” written by two terrific dietitians: Rosanne Rust, MS, RD, LDN and Meri Raffetto, RD. As a dietitian who works with clients one-on-one, I know the value of keeping a food record. And I know that keeping a food record in the proper manner is essential for weight loss. In fact, as this book points out, research has actually shown that people who keep food records lose TWICE as much weight as those who don’t! That just shows how important this tool is.

What I love about this book it starts out by helping you determine what you need to do to improve your health and meet your weight loss goals. First, it shows you how to determine what a healthy body weight is for you, so if you are looking to lose weight, you can set a realistic goal. It also shows you how to accurately calculate your calorie needs for the day. And this isn’t just for those who want to lose weight. Knowing your daily calorie needs is essential to anyone looking to lose, gain, or maintain weight and for avid exercisers and athletes who need to fuel their bodies. In fact, this book even includes a section specifically for athletes and how they can fuel their bodies and track their intake to improve performance!

In order to improve health and achieve your desired body weight, you must also set goals for yourself and establish as routine. To help you with this, “Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies” shows you in detail how to create achievable goals by using the SMART method (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) and gives you a step by step guide to forming a routine to help you develop habits that will allow you to not only achieve your goals but to stick with them for the long haul.

My favorite part of the book is of course the food journal. This book provides step-by-step guidance on how to correctly keep a food record. For instance, if you have cereal and milk in the morning, it is not as helpful to just write “cereal and milk” as it would be to write out exactly how much cereal and how much milk you had, such as “1 cup cereal and ½ cup milk.” And throughout this book, the authors stress how weight is not the only way to track your success. Tracking success through improved energy, mood, and even improved health status, such as lowering blood sugar or blood pressure are all ways to measure success. The food journals provided in the book allow you to track this as well. It allows you room to track your energy levels, weight, fluid intake, and even check off how many fruits and vegetables you have had each day. You can even track your mood to see how it impacts your food choices.

“Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies” is a must have for anyone looking to lose weight, improve their health, increase their energy levels, or improve athletic performance. It is also a great tool for health professionals to use to show clients the right way to use a food journal to be successful. Click here to buy this book on Amazon.