Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day
Roses are red;
Violets are blue.
Sugar is sweet;
Watch how much you eat.
When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of chocolate. Maybe because I am a fan of it. As a professional loser, a person who helps people lose weight, I say that no foods should be excluded from the diet.
For many people, when you tell them that they can’t eat chocolate or pizza or pasta, it’s all they want. And feeling deprived often leads to overeating, even bingeing. This leads to frustration and a reason to quit a “diet”.
So how much is just right?  – Not too little and not too much.
The new USDA Dietary Guidelines take out the guesswork. They recommend limiting calories from added sugars to 10% of the total calories. The average person consumes 2,000 calories a day. Therefore, a sugary treat of 200 calories is reasonable. It’s enough to be satisfying. The festive mini cupcake in the picture is about 200 calories. Let’s just say, the picture below is sugar on steroids.

Limit calories from Added Sugars to 200 calories a day

Tip: If a serving of food contains 5 grams of “added sugars”, multiply 5×4. There are 20 calories from sugar.
It‘s very easy to eat too much, especially when there’s lots of temptations on holidays. For help, check out Day 22 – Rethinking Special Occasions in The Food Is My Friend Diet.

Appearing Now – Marianne Muellerleile!

Marianne Muellerleile

It was a pleasure to meet and talk to the talented and super nice actress, Marianne Muellerleile at CBS Studio Center. Marianne has been there and done that literally! She has been in the biz for over 40 years and has been active in film, television and stage.
She has guest starred in over 150 television series (as a regular on Life with Bonnie as Gloria and on Passions as Norma.) She has a recurring role as Connie on Mike & Molly. As a character actress for comedy and drama, you may have seen her on Parenthood, NCIS, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI, The Mentalist, Anger Management or 3rdRock from the Sun or in movies such as Some Kind of Beautiful, Return to Me, Liar, Liar, and The Terminator to name a few.
Marianne has been in over 80 commercials, including Pizza Hut, 7-Eleven, Frito-Lay, IBM or Sprint. Recently, she performed at the Mark Taper Forum in The School for Scandal and the Hollywood Bowl in The Sound of Music. 
It doesn’t seem like she would have time to volunteer, but Marianne is very active in many organizations. Her number one charity for the last ten years has been Heifer International.
FYI: Marianne’s favorite food is chocolate. She highly recommends the hot chocolate at Angelina’s in Paris. For physical activity (and maybe to work off a few chocolate calories), she goes to Gold’s Gym three days a week.
The next time that you turn on the television to watch a movie, television show, or commercial, you will probably see Marianne!

A Little Too Much Fa La La La this Holiday Season?

I know. Right? Where did the extra weight come from? Well, it might have been from all those candy and cookie food gifts that you said you didn’t want but got anyway. Chances are they may still be lying on a table somewhere. If it’s next to you while you are watching tv, it WILL call out to you after dinner for sure!
Time for New Year’s Resolutions? A resolution is a firm decision to do something. How about a New Year’s Intention? An intention is more of a plan. It might be easier. Decide on only ONE thing to change. Cut out regular soda. Stop eating French fries. No fried food. One adult beverage, not two on weekends. Pick one. These are relatively easy choices. Stick with it. Eating 100 calories less a day will help you lose ten pounds in a year. If you need help, The Food Is My Friend Diet has all the answers. Let’s get started today! I will be here, if you need me.

Were You More Naughty than Nice this Holiday Season?

The holidays are coming to a close. Oops. There may have been more parties than you thought. Even if you were trying to be careful, the goodies were glorious. And the food gifts! Wow. Trying each type of chocolate seemed like a good idea at the time.
If your clothes feel a little tighter and uncomfortable, don’t wait til January to take action. My number one tip is to get moving. Make every effort to go to the gym or get outside to walk or shovel snow. Set a goal to get 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day. No excuses. Physical activity is the best way to burn calories. 1-2 extra pounds every holiday season adds up over the years. Lose the extra weight ASAP.
Most likely, there may be some more holiday calories consumed in the next week or two, but increasing the physical activity will reduce the damage. Get back on track to your usual eating habits ASAP. Start the new year feeling and looking great.