Category Archives: Health and diet

A quick look at Weight Watchers new 360 Plan…

I promise to finish up the last few days of my Venice travelog shortly – the holiday season just throws everything into overdrive and craziness! But I have spent a little time checking out the latest iteration of Weight Watchers’ PointsPlus plan for 2013 called the “360 Plan”.

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Meatless Monday Meal: Stuffed Peppers with Eggplant and Roasted Tomatoes

Let’s be clear – I am an unrepentant and unapologetic omnivore. While I don’t hate on vegetarian and vegans like Anthony Bourdain (“Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans … are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.”), it’s a lifestyle choice I could never make for myself and an idea that actually fills my passionately food-loving heart with dread and horror. Exploring the vast variety of foods available, experiencing various food cultures and traditions around the world…these are sensual pleasures and joys I refuse to impose such severe limitations on in my life. Of course that doesn’t mean I’m not sensitive to the real problems of factory farming and cruelty to animals that pervades the meat industries, and why I support small and ethical animal husbandry as much as possible.

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Living with a Garlic Intolerance

As much as it can give you bad breath, what really stinks about garlic is having an intolerance to it.

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Weight Watchers PointsPlus: Evaluating the New System

Eight years ago when I really decided I needed to lose some weight and it was now-or-never time, I went on Weight Watchers with a friend. At that time, Weight Watchers was a success for me and I really loved the Flex Points system. I kept most of that weight off for quite a few years, but did find it a struggle to go back to the system when I only had 5 or 10 pounds to try to lose, instead of 50 or more.

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Recipe: Winter Warmer Sunny Fish Chowder

Winter Warmer Sunny Fish ChowderYes, I realize the name is kind of goofy. But I was trying to come up with some way to describe my chowder/Italian fish soup mash-up, and since it looked so pretty and bright on a cloudy winter day, that’s what I came up with.

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