November 17, 2010

Mayo Clinic Weighs in on Childhood Obesity

This is an excellent article on childhood obesity.  http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/childhood-obesity/FL00058.html

We do have to remember that changing behavior patterns start at home. We must be able to recognize our own ability to control behavior in order to pass good habits on to our children.  I will always remember my daughter telling me the reason she doesn't like to exercise is because she never saw me doing it.  That hit me pretty hard because I thought back to my own childhood and I never saw my mother exercising either, but she was always on my back to loose weight.  How could I lose weight when I had no one to model the tools needed for me to be successful?  

I feel like I am making important steps to become more active by incorporating exercise in my routine, eating small portions (of course), and making sure my kids are introduced to vegetables and whole grains at every meal.  These are small things that I am doing, but once I make them a habit, my kids will have this as a way of life.

3 New Weight Loss Drugs -- Yet Another Magic Pill

CNN.com added this story over the summer -- http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/07/14/new.diet.drugs/index.html.

While I think the thought behind these drugs is admirable, I don't believe in "magic" pills.  Diet drugs can be addictive, and in the past, have been downright dangerous; Redux and Meridia come to mind.

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker Split - WTH Happened Here?

Weren't they just married, like, last week???  The couple just celebrated their third anniversary with an Adriatic cruise and they looked so happy!  This is so sad.

Eva Longoria files for divorce from Tony Parker http://on.cnn.com/diafWI

November 16, 2010

Faith's Vidalia Onion Dip

This would be great with some low fat crackers or veggies!

Ingredients

1 large Vidalia or Walla Walla onion, coarsely chopped
1 pkg. (7 oz.) 2% Milk Shredded Italian Three-Cheese Blend
1/2 cup KRAFT Light Mayo Reduced Fat Mayonnaise (I like Kraft-- not as salty as others)
1/2 cup Non-fat, plain Fage Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp.  freshly grated Parmesan Cheese- get the good stuff
1/2 tsp. white pepper

Make It

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Mix first 4 ingredients together. Spread mixture onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate; sprinkle with Parmesan.Bake dish for 45 minutes or until golden brown.



Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Almonds

Here is another Thanksgiving recipe that is pretty low in fat, and has five grams of protein!
Courtesy of Kraft Recipes


Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Almonds

November 15, 2010

Campbell's Kitchen: Halibut with Beans and Spinach

Campbell's Kitchen: Halibut with Beans and Spinach

I just saw this recipe on the Campbell's Soup site, and it is definitely full of protein, light on the fat, and even has fiber! What more would a good WLS post-op want from a meal?

November 14, 2010

Letting Go


Like so many other women with weight issues, I have been in a state of depression for years.  Some days I don't even want to get out of bed, but I keep going just so I can keep myself and my family going.  I keep up the momentum and try not to get sucked into the muck or the funk that depression can bring.  I have felt this overwhelming sadness for so long that it just became a part of me, and I never really thought of changing my point of view until a friend invited me to her church.  Now, I'd been a baptist forever, so I didn't really think church was going to make me feel any better when most of my church experience often made me feel riddled with guilt and more sad.  This church was different and by the next Sunday, I was a member. 

My Get Together or Cooking for Others after Weight Loss Surgery

I do a lot of couponing, and receive quite a few free offers from various sponsors in exchange for a review.  Sometime before my surgery, I was chosen by Pillsbury to take part in one of their "My Get Together" house parties.  The company provides you with recipes, coupons, and other compensation and you invite your friends, tidy up your place, and create some of the really simple recipes recommended for the party.