Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Weight Watcher’s Program

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 28, 2010 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

The Weight Watchers Program has been around for many decades and has been successful in helping people loose weight.  Why?  Because Weight Watchers doesn’t promote a diet as much as a lifestyle change.  When you join Weight Watchers you get a plan that motivates you to eat smarter, move more, develop helpful habits and you receive support from others in weekly meetings.  The plan works on a point system where foods are assigned a point value based upon calories, fiber and fat content.  This helps you learn portion control without worrying about calories.  On this plan, you eat exactly what you want, no food is forbidden and you don’t have to buy any Weight Watcher foods.  However, filling foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains are strongly encouraged which is mostly what you should be eating in the first place.

There are weekly meetings where participants receive motivatonal support from others.  The leader discusses topics such as emotional eating and ways to avoid overeating triggers.  The plan promotes exercise and keeping a daily diary of all food consumed.  Participants are taught to weigh and measure their food so that they learn better portion control.  This helps tremendously when eating in restaurants where portions tend to be oversized.

Renee says that loosing weight is easy; keeping it off is the hard part.  People have to eat and be around food every day unlike an alcoholic or drug addict who can learn to avoid temptation.  People with a weight problem have to learn how to manage it.

If you have been thinking of trying a weight loss program, you may want to check out Weight Watchers.  There is a special joining fee for a limited time so now is a good time to start.

Answer to Anonymous who asked what I thought of Sarah Lee’s Soft Family bread.  While I am no nutritionist, I think that bread is better than the Oroweat I buy.  It has more fiber and protein but does contain high fructose corn syrup.  You really have to pick the the lesser of the two evils.  If your family likes it, great.  Mine didn’t really care for it so I buy the Oroweat.  Hope that helps.

I also hope everyone is ready for a winter storm.  We are bracing for whatever mother nature throws at us.  Interestingly, this storm is coming one day later than the terrible ice storm we had last year which knocked out power for many in this area for weeks.  I have gotten extra bread, milk, cheese and meat plus a fruit tray.  If I think I’m going to have extra kids over, I like to get a veggie or fruit tray.  They always devour it.  (During the last snow I had 11 kids at my house.  I barely survived.)

Upadated on January 28, 2010

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