The contents in this blog are the expressed opinions of the author, and in no way replace the advice of your physician. Always consult a physician prior to starting any weight loss program.

Friday, May 30, 2014


Well I don't know about the French women, but I do know about the Italian. I come from a huge Italian family who all love to cook and of course always gather together around food.
My mother was one of nine children with her parents who immigrated to America in the early 1900's from San Giovanni Italy in Calabria. I grew up surrounded by many Aunts and Uncles and cousins, the Italian language and the smell of good Italian food. Yet not one of my Aunts or Uncles were overweight. They were all in fact quite thin, and this is the reason why...PORTION SIZE!
Because they grew up in such a large family, no one ever ate more than their share even though there was always enough for left overs the next day. The other reason is they all did manual work on the farm. And of course everyone always saved room for dessert, which may have been a chocolate from a box of chocolates or a cookie. Gradually as all the Aunts and Uncles married we became more Americanized.
As a nurse I am always getting pitches from pharmaceutical reps, and on one occassion this young man was pitching a new wound dressing for coccyx wounds( your butt). He politely explained that there were American sizes and Euorpean sizes. The American size was twice as big as the Euorpean size. My point exactly!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Setting a weight loss goal seems like a no brainer...right? However if you are here it must be because you have set them and not met them and are discourgared and disgusted. Well you have landed in the right place. Try these 3 easy steps.

  1. Set a reasonable goal and build on it, not pounds lost, but rather, I will drink 8 glasses of ice water each day.
  2. Celebrate each small victory. Yay I drank 6 glasses of water, or Yay I walked for 10 minutes today.
  3. Keep starting over each day, as if it is your first day. This does not give you a license to go crazy off course everyday, but just know that you can and will start over the next day. Sooner or later your goal will seem more like the norm than the other crazy place and you will be ready to set your next reasonable goal.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


There really isn't such a bean/pill, but you already knew that right? If you look at the internet informericals, you wouldnt know it though, because everyday there is a new celebrity promoting the latest "magic pill". What is it now Garcinia Cambogia? Can you list all the previous miracles...green tea, acai berry, raspberry ketones, irvingia, and do you remember Hoodia?
Wouldn't it be great if there were such a pill/bean. But alas there is not. Truth is there is only one way to lose weight. Believe in yourself and the one principal that is 100% true and pure...Eat less... and exercise more. I know it's not what you want to hear and oh by the way, it's not easy. It's hard work, it's a lifestyle change, but together we can do this thing.  We are bombarded with empty weight loss promises daily. As well as  so many myths, my favorite ( that I love to hate) is if you don't eat samll meals constantly throughout the day you will gain weight because your body goes into starvation mode. Sound familiar weight watchers?? I have seen these people lose and gain and lose and gain, time and time again, all the while meticulously counting calories and eating eating eating. OMG...STOP THE MADDNESS. Please join me.  I want to hear your story. How do you lose weight?.
ps. there are many more myths we will be dispelling along the way.