Sunday, May 31, 2009

Our Obsession With Weight


Every once in a while a client will ask me a very simple question for which I have no answer. How do I stop obsessing with food and my weight? Sometimes they say their obsession has shifted. Before, they were obsessed with feeling fat and now they're obsessed with feeling thin. But still the obsession is there. And it's not just with women. I had a long conversation with one of my male clients yesterday about the pressure he feels to look a certain way. In fact, my graduate school thesis was about the increasing prevalence of eating disorders in males.

Our society is consumed by a fascination with weight, and it's like a virus that's spreading. Do you remember reading about those studies that showed small towns where there was no television? As TV was introduced into the communities, so were eating disorders. We think of girls in adolescence and on into college as being those afflicted with the obsession with their weight, but it doesn't stop there. What about the women who are watching Desperate Housewives? What about the boys who are growing up watching TV and movies replete with men who have six-pack abs and zero body fat? A male coworker is constantly telling me about the drink supplements he takes to help him get bigger muscles. He never gets enough sleep, but he makes time to go to the gym for two hours every day! My clients come in all sizes, ages, races, genders, sexual preferences... It seems there's no escaping the weight fixation.

And it's an obsession that can make you feel bad about yourself, don't you think? How shallow must I be to worry so much about 5 lbs? Shouldn't I just care that I'm healthy and happy? Losing 5 lbs isn't going to make me a better person! I should be above that! I don't need to compare myself to Jessica Biel!

Sigh. So here I am. Sitting in my office facing another client who wants to know how to stop fixating on her (or his) weight. And I feel like a failure for not having the answer. I can tell her to turn off the TV, to put down the US Weekly, to stop reading the celebrity gossip online. And that will probably help. But is it enough? As a weight loss consultant, it's almost my job to be obsessed with weight. I don't know how to answer that question for my clients. So I'm asking you all...how do we stop the obsession?




Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Falling Off The Diet Wagon


Green Power Smoothie

Is this you? You have the best of intentions. You want to eat healthy, work out, look great, and lose 5 lbs. (or 15 or 100). You've been working out at least five times a week and eating perfectly every day. But one day it hits you. That craving for (insert favorite comfort food here). You try to ignore it, but after a long day at work, you give in. And as long as you're giving in, you might as well go crazy and get everything you've been denying yourself all week. And since the day's already messed up, you might as well just keep on going until tomorrow...or the next day...or the next. Before you know it, you've fallen off the diet wagon. Again.

It's a horrible feeling isn't it? You feel like a failure. You fear you have no willpower. If you're one of my clients, you might call and say, "I'm embarassed to come in!" Part of you wants to get back on the diet wagon, and part of you just wants to throw in the towel and resign yourself to being the weight you're at. You start thinking you'll never win this battle...so why try?

Well here's how to win the battle. Don't get back on the diet wagon. It's as simple as that. I know this blog is called The Daily DIETribe, but the truth is, I don't believe in diets. Not the way we think of them. A healthy lifelong diet? Sure. But "going on a diet?" Doesn't work. Because inevitably, you go off the diet and the weight comes back on (usually plus some). Here's how I see it. You can fall off a diet, but you can't fall off a healthy lifestyle.

So throw out the word diet. Don't tell yourself you're going on a diet. Tell yourself that you deserve to have more energy, feel good, and look fantastic. So you're going to make some healthy lifestyle changes that you can stick with. When I was desperately trying and failing to lose weight, I would restrict my calories until about mid-afternoon and then I would eat everything in sight. I didn't understand why I didn't have enough willpower to just eat light all day. Now I know that it had nothing to do with willpower. I was fighting against my own body's natural urge to make up for necessary missed calories.

Now I know to:
  • Eat a healthy breakfast that includes some protein.
  • Eat every 2 to 3 hours so that I never get so hungry I lose control and want to eat everything.
  • Eat small portions and volumize my plate with lots of vegetables so I feel like I'm eating a lot even though I'm not consuming too many calories.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Not worry too much if I overeat or eat something I shouldn't. I know that I'll be eating healthy my whole life, and one bad meal isn't going to screw everything up. I just think about how I can do better in the future and move on.
  • And finally, choose a way of eating that's healthy for me on a long-term basis. For me that means eating lots of vegetables, lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits, healthy fats, and dairy (or other sources of calcium).
If you've already found a healthy eating plan that works for you, stick with it! If you're still trying to figure it out, try picking one thing this week that you can work on changing. If you don't normally eat breakfast, start planning a healthy breakfast every day. If you don't eat enough vegetables, start adding vegetables to your lunch and dinner. This can be as simple as bringing carrot sticks to work and roasting some vegetables for dinner. If you don't drink enough water, work on getting in 8 glasses a day. Whatever it is, find a way to make it work with your lifestyle.

Here's a delicious breakfast to start your day off right. The almonds provide you with a healthy source of protein to begin your day, and it tastes delicious on a mild spring morning.


Green Power Smoothie
2 fruits, 1 fat, 1 vegetable

Ingredients:
1/8 cup raw almonds
1 small banana
1 cup frozen mango (or fruit of your choice)
1 cup fresh spinach

Prepare for your smoothie the night before by soaking the almonds in 1/2 cup of water in a tightly closed glass jar in the fridge (if not all night, then at least for 6 hours). When the almonds have soaked, put them in the blender with the soaking liquid, the banana, mango, and spinach. Add 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Detox For A Day



New Yorkers earn their reputation for being fast-paced. Perhaps this is why I feel so at home here. I'm not the only one walking at such a fast clip on the street. Time is of the essence, and if you're going somewhere, you might as well get there as quickly as possible. At least that's always my way of thinking. But there are times when our need to always go go go can be too much. I listen to my clients talk about how busy they are at work and how they're too tired by the time they get home to even throw some frozen vegetables in a pan and cook them. Everyone's working 70, 80, 90 hours a week, and everyone's exhausted. When they're not working, they're doing the laundry, going grocery shopping, taking care of everyone else, basically doing everything but relaxing.

This is how my days off go also. Buy groceries, go to the gym, do the laundry (Okay that's a lie, my boyfriend does that for me now, for which I cannot thank him enough), try to cook my lunches for the rest of the week, pay the bills, clean the bathroom (my chore since I don't do laundry). There's no end in sight. There's always something else that needs to be done, and there's never enough time to just breathe. Sometimes all I can think about is how much I want to lie on my bed, listen to music, and stare at the wall. Nothing else. Just zone out and forget about all the thoughts running around in my head.

So today, I decided to detox. My boyfriend is gone for the weekend, so I took a day for myself and tuned out the static. I went vegan for the day in the hope that my digestive system would chill out a bit (that rib pain's been acting up). I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge with an old friend, sat in the park and talked to another friend, and in between, breathed deeply and enjoyed my day off. Made a frothy blueberry smoothie for breakfast, and had a tasty lunch of brown rice with sauteed green peppers and mushrooms, red kidney beans, cherry tomatoes, and avocado. I didn't stress about food or overeat at all, and I savored my meals while watching people walk by outside. Oh yeah, and I didn't turn the TV on once all day. Perhaps the biggest cause of static in my brain, I ignored the big box staring at me and remembered how nice it is not to have constant noise in the background.

Right now I'm waiting for my sweet potato to finish baking (if you let it bake until it starts to ooze and almost caramelize, it tastes practically like a dessert), and then I'm going to roast some veggies in garlic and olive oil for dinner. Maybe I'll read my book after.

It's been a good day off.


Blueberry Smoothie
2 fruits, 1/2 fat, 1 vegetable

Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 small banana or 1/2 of a medium banana

Blend everything together until smooth and enjoy. You can experiment with adding more or less spinach. I've found that even 2 cups will still taste great in a smoothie. And you get the added benefit of feeling proud of yourself for eating so healthy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

32 Days Gluten-Free

The last 32 days have gone by surprisingly quickly. I say surprising because I expected this gluten-free thing to be really hard. Yet it's been relatively easy and in many ways, a lot of fun. Turns out it's not that big a deal at all. Anyone could do it.

Yeah right. I would eat those words if I wasn't afraid they might be contaminated with gluten.

This weekend was the first time my gluten-free diet became difficult for me. It was my little sister's college graduation and I had to travel to Minnesota. I thought I was prepared. I brought my own little breakfast baggies (Barbara's Puffin cereal with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds), assuming my sister wouldn't have gluten-free cereal miraculously on hand. I brought some extra sunflower seeds in case I needed a snack. I almost bought some gluten-free snack bars, but I was turned away by the price. I don't need you, expensive bars, I told them huffily. (And silently. I wouldn't want the other shoppers to see me talking to the food.) I had everything I needed, right? I could figure out a way to eat at every meal without making things difficult for anyone else, right?

Uh huh....not so much.

First of all, my flight was delayed. Instead of arriving in Minnesota at 11:30pm, I got there at 2:30am. By that point I had eaten my first little breakfast baggie, and spent a long time staring forlornly at the vending machine. I remembered seeing online somewhere that M&Ms are gluten-free, so I thought about buying some. But I don't really like M&Ms that much, and I decided the temporary reprieve from boredom wasn't worth the calories. I couldn't be sure if anything else was gluten-free so I sadly walked back to my chair, and waited for the plane to finally arrive.

Okay, so not a big deal. We ended up going out for breakfast one day anyway, so it didn't matter that I had eaten my breakfast early. More difficult were all the get-togethers where I really wasn't sure what I could eat, if anything. My forays into gluten-free internet research have made me aware that gluten can hide in pretty much anything. Salad dressing? Yep. Ketchup? Sometimes. Tea? That too. My gluten-free lifestyle suddenly felt very overwhelming. Especially considering that I wasn't necessarily eating as often as I'm used to, so I wasn't able to regulate myself that well when I did eat.

Thankfully my family was supportive (although my older sister didn't seem pleased at the thought that I might not be able to eat her wedding cake in July). My little sis took me to a grocery store so I could buy some gluten-free cookies for her BBQ. I'm not going to lie. They weren't very good. They were filled with sugar though, and since I was hungry and tired from flying, I ate two boxes of cookies in two days. By myself since no one else wanted the gluten-free cookies when they could have the scrumptious looking chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter. I was proud of myself though. I looked at those cookies, I might even have smelled them, but I didn't touch.

On my last night, my sister's soccer coach cooked us dinner. He laid out a beautiful table and slaved away while we drank wine and chatted. Nervously, I pulled my mom aside. "I think he's making spaghetti," I whispered. What should I do? I didn't want to break my gluten-free diet, but I didn't want to be rude either. I decided I would eat it because I just couldn't bear the thought of being impolite to someone who was being so nice. It's not like I could say, I'm allergic to gluten, because as far as I know, I'm not. It's just something I've decided to try to see if it makes me feel better. Luckily, there was a nice salad and shepherd's pie to go along with the spaghetti and fresh bread. So I ate the pie and the salad, and considered myself well saved. Crisis averted.

So my thoughts on this weekend? I probably unknowingly ate a lot of food that was contaminated with gluten. So maybe I'm only 90% gluten-free. And traveling was much harder than I thought it would be. I expected this to be the easy trip for the summer. Next month I have a wedding in Ohio, and after that I'm going to San Diego for two weeks for my older sister's wedding. I'll try harder to prepare for those, and maybe this time I'll buy some of those expensive gluten-free bars. But it's not going to be easy, and I'm finding I'm a little less gung ho about being gluten-free.

I have to be honest with you. I'm considering eating my sister's wedding cake.

In the meantime though, I'll continue to eat gluten-free, continue to monitor how I feel to determine if a gluten-free diet is better for me, and continue to experiment with gluten-free cooking. I had a simple lunch today. A quick and easy thai noodle soup. It takes less than 10 minutes to make. Seriously.


Easy Thai Noodle Soup
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2 starches, 2 vegetables, 1 protein, 1 fat

Ingredients:
1 package Thai Kitchen Instant Rice Noodle Soup (any flavor)
1/4 onion, cut in big pieces
2 cups green beans, fresh or frozen
1 egg

Directions:
Using the oil packet from the noodle soup, saute the onion and green beans until tender. Add the noodles, the spice packet, and enough water to just cover the vegetables. The noodles will cook down into the water. Allow the water to come to a simmer and cook 2-3 minutes, until the noodles are soft. Pour into a big bowl.
Scramble the egg and mix into the soup. Enjoy!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hearty Leftover Pasta Soup



I am the Leftover Queen. I think I inherited this title from my mom, who probably inherited it from her mother. There is no such thing as throwing food away in my house. Truly, I can't stand to see anything go to waste. I even have a container of mixed bread crumbs in the freezer. Whenever I get to the bottom of the bread loaf or have a bunch of crumbs from bagels or english muffins, I throw them in the container in the freezer...later I can use them on top of a creamy homemade macaroni and cheese or bake chicken with them (Of course, now that I'm eating gluten-free, I guess I'll just have to make a dish for someone else since I can't eat those bread crumbs).

Sometimes my inability to throw anything away can be a bit much. I'll admit it. I can't seem to help it though, so I embrace it. One of the benefits is that I'm also really good at saving money, which is great with the economy being the way it is right now.

This week, I ended up with a couple of items in the fridge that I didn't like, but couldn't throw away.
  • Item #1: leftover rice pasta from my dinner a few nights ago. Rice pasta apparently gets dry and kind of grainy after a day or two in the fridge. I wasn't looking forward to eating it.
  • Item #2: Trader Joe's Organic Low-Sodium Butternut Squash soup. I bought it because their Creamy Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soups are amazing (the low-sodium versions are gluten-free). The Butternut Soup? Not so amazing. Eating it as is was not an option.
So what to do? I took two "meh" dishes and created a delicious and hearty pasta soup. Soups and chilis are a go-to for me when I have leftover soup, broth, vegetables, or beans. I rarely use recipes; I just saute whatever vegetables I have on hand and add broth or leftover soup, some canned tomatoes, and whatever type of beans I have handy. Add some herbs and spices, and voila! Simple, easy, cheap.



For my hearty pasta soup, I sauteed a cup of zucchini, green peppers, and mushrooms, then stirred in a cup of canned black beans. To this I added the leftover Butternut Squash Soup (there were probably three cups left) and a 20-oz can of diced tomatoes, and let it all simmer for about twenty minutes. I mixed in a good dash of cumin, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Then I stirred in a big spoonful of homemade pesto (because who doesn't like pesto?). And finally, the rice pasta. Letting it sit in the soup restored it's creamy texture, and I was pleasantly surprised to have a delicious dinner. And now I know what to do the next time I have leftover gluten-free pasta.

Monday, May 11, 2009

All Calories Are Not Equal



One of the first things I usually have to tell my clients is that all calories are not equal. More often than not, I hear, "Well I knew I was going to go out and have a glass of wine so I skipped my fruit servings for the day." Or, "I wanted to splurge on pizza and cake for dinner so I skipped my lunch." Are they still having the right amount of calories throughout the day? Maybe. Are they losing weight? Probably not.

So why not? We hear all the time that weight loss is a simple matter of calories in, calories out. If you want to lose weight, you just have to expend more calories throughout the day than you take in. So by that logic, you could eat wine and candy bars every day as long as you limit your intake to 1200 calories (or whatever calorie level you are at). Then go to the gym and run on the treadmill for a while. Weight loss problems solved.

Yet if it's as simple as that, most of my clients wouldn't have to come to me in the first place. There's a misconception, I think, that everyone who is overweight eats too much. Actually, a lot of my clients don't eat very much at all. It's just that what they do eat has very little nutritional value. When they start eating on my weight-loss plan, they realize they're eating more than they ever have. Sometimes people tell me it's too much food! (In my head, I usually think, too much food!? There's no such thing in my world!) Yet suddenly, they're eating more than ever and the number on the scale starts creeping down.

Why? Because a candy bar does not a piece of fruit make. Nor does a glass of wine. They're both nice to have occasionally, but fruit is great for you every day. And who doesn't enjoy a ripe, juicy piece of fruit? When I cut up a pear or have a big apple, I love to think about all the good nutrients I'm putting into my body. Call me a nutrition nerd, but I often run to my computer and google whatever food I'm having to see what the nutritional information is. Did you know that pears are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, copper, and vitamin K? Can't say that about a candy bar, can you?



So here's my suggestion. You already know my formula. Each day I try to eat:

5 starches
5 proteins
3+ non-starchy vegetables
3 dairy servings
2 fats
2 fruits

So keep track, and if you find yourself hungry, ask yourself what you haven't eaten today. If it's mid-afternoon and you're in a slump and want to munch, check out your list. Haven't eaten any fruit today? Go grab a banana. Haven't had any vegetables yet? Get some baby carrots. Only had one dairy serving for the day? Get a low fat mozzarella stick or some delicious fat free Greek yogurt. Skimping on the protein? Have a couple of slices of turkey. If you still feel like you're going to die if you don't get a candy bar after that, then go ahead and eat it. But at least you'll know that you put something good into your body first. And your body will thank you for it later.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bingeing and Secrecy

Have you ever watched someone binge? I haven't. Aside from myself, of course. But I hear about it a lot at work, and I usually ask my clients what the situation was when it happened. They always tell me they were alone. This isn't surprising. There's a shameful feeling in bingeing, an embarassment that we aren't able to control ourselves, that something as silly as food has more power over us than we do. So we hide it, and even sometimes plan for binges, knowing when we'll be alone to do it. Most of the time, of course, it's not planned, but sometimes you just know it's going to happen, and you feel that inevitably there's nothing you can do but give in. In which case, you might as well enjoy it, right? Go out and find the worst, most unhealthy, yet decadent and satisfyingly binge worthy food you can. And then wait until you're alone to destroy yourself, one guilty bite at a time.

So wrong. So very very wrong, and yet an easy trap to fall into.

I've been in a horrible mood all day. Just rotten. Mopey and grumpy, snappy and agitated. I'm Cruella de Vil without the fur coat and cigarette. And what goes along wonderfully with a bad mood? Bingeing.

I've been on such a roll. It's been weeks since my last binge, and I've been feeling healthy and happy with food. But today I knew that urge was there. The binge monster was hiding behind the couch, waiting for my boyfriend to leave so I could binge in secrecy. I wasn't planning on it. In fact, I was hoping to avoid it, and thinking guiltily of this blog and how well I've been doing. But I knew there was a good chance it would happen. I bought gluten free english muffins at Trader Joe's today, and peanut butter and apricot preserves. Not a big deal really, but a recipe for disaster if you know my bingeing history. Bread can easily be a trigger for me, and I had to ban peanut butter from my apartment for a long time. My worst bingeing memory ever is of eating seven peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a row. So while on the surface I was thinking, I can make some healthy snacks/meals with these, there was also a part of me that was afraid I was setting myself up for later.

So what happened? My secret was blown. Before he left for class, my boyfriend turned to me and asked point blank, "Are you going to binge when I leave?" He's never asked me this before. But I guess he's learned the signs over time, and I admitted it was in my mind. He asked me to please not do it and to read my anti-bingeing list on the fridge first. And something unexpected happened. With the secret out, the binge monster crept away, his tail between his legs. I knew right then and there that I would be okay tonight. Not that I didn't still want to eat everything in sight. But I didn't do it. I'm sitting here with my anti-bingeing list in front of me, but I haven't really needed it. I guess because I was forced to do the hardest thing on the list. #13. Fess up before you binge. It's the hardest thing to do because you know that if you do it, you won't get to binge. But I never realized that admitting that you want to do it might also take away the need to binge.

I hope I can use this knowledge the next time the binge monster's creeping around.


Penne Pasta with Tuna and Pesto

Instead of bingeing, I made myself a lovely and healthy dinner of gluten-free penne pasta with tuna and pesto. It was my first foray into gluten-free pasta, and the difference was negligible. I used Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice Penne Pasta. I give it a thumbs up.

How does this fall into my eating plan?
  • 1/2 cup cooked gluten-free pasta (1 starch)
  • 2 oz. canned tuna in water (2 proteins)
  • 1 cup sauteed green peppers and carrots (2 vegetables)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (1/2 vegetable)
  • 1 Tbs. pesto (1 fat)
Overall, the day turned out well. Let's hope Cruella de Vil follows the binge monster out the door.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Accountability Update

Well, the day's practically over. I'm playing Scrabble and losing horribly. My boyfriend's already played three seven letter words, and I'm starting to feel like a sore loser. When did he become so good!? According to him, the memory of being beaten by my aunt with the word ADIPOSE has been eating at him, and he's practicing so he can best her the next time. I have no chance at winning at this point, but I'm trying to at least make a good showing.

But more importantly, my teeth are brushed and I can proudly say I kept my promise. Score 1 for accountability, 0 for the binge monster! I thoroughly enjoyed my slice of cheesecake today, and am ready for bed with no feelings of guilt. It wasn't easy, and I came really close to having to write something entirely different in this post. I was about to eat another half a slice about an hour ago, but my boyfriend shamed me out of it. He actually threatened to throw the cheesecake away! Has he no respect for homemade cheesecake!? I glared at him and muttered for a moment, but dutifully put the cheesecake in the fridge.

I'll thank him for it tomorrow when I get to enjoy that last slice of creamy, delicious cheesecake. And for now, I thank you all for holding me accountable. It's like having my own weight loss counselor.

Raspberry Lime Cheesecake

It's Sunday morning. I live on a residential street in Brooklyn, and my window is right at the street level, so I can always hear everyone's conversations as they walk by. But it's 8am and most people are still sleeping, so it's relatively quiet right now. This is my favorite time of day, when the silence of the morning hasn't yet been intruded upon by TV, cars, and the hustle and bustle of NYC life. I wish the time would slow down. Sundays never last long enough.

I'm going to a friend's house for brunch, and I'm excitedly bringing my first gluten-free cheesecake. (Don't worry, I remember my promise to you all...one piece only!) This is also the first recipe I'm posting on here, but my plan is for every recipe to be gluten-free unless specified otherwise. And for those of you who are wondering how this fits into my eating plan...it doesn't really. When I have a treat like this, I count it as a splurge and just try not to do it too often.


Raspberry Lime Cheesecake (adapted from my grandma's amazing key lime cheesecake)
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Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free gingersnap crumbs (I used Trader Joe's but I think this would work equally well with any type of gluten-free cookie)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 5 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
Filling:
  • 1 1/2 lbs. light cream cheese (as with everything, be sure the brand you're getting is gluten-free)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. lime zest
Topping:
  • 1/2 cup low fat sour cream (again, double check about gluten)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. raspberry sauce (reserve the rest for later)
Raspberry Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. freshly squeezed orange juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together crust ingredients; press firmly in bottom and up the sides of a 9 in. spring pan.

For the filling, beat the cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at at time and continue to beat. Blend in lime juice and zest.

Pour filling into pan. Set on the middle oven rack and bake for 40 minutes (edges should start to brown; the middle will still be slightly unset).

While the cake is baking, puree the raspberries, 2 Tbs. sugar, and orange juice in a food processor or blender until smooth. Reserve 1 Tbs. and put the rest in the fridge for later. For the topping, whisk together the sour cream, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbs. raspberry sauce. Once the cheesecake is done, remove it from the oven and spoon the topping over it, smoothing it evenly over the cheesecake. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate at least 4 hours. Drizzle with the raspberry sauce before serving.


Serves 8

This post is linked to Friday Foodie Fix and Seasonal Sundays.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Accountability

I've got a hankering for baked goods. Since I've begun my gluten-free journey, I've been enjoying countless gluten-free blogs and websites, and all of the delicious looking pictures have got me inspired. Plus it's getting warm out, and when the weather is nice, I'm happy. And when I'm happy, I want to put music on and spend the afternoons cooking and baking away in my little kitchen (And I do mean little; I live in NYC after all!).

There are only two problems.

The first is that some of these gluten-free recipes are a bit intimidating, since they require more than one type of flour, xantham gum, and other items I don't have stocked. That's easily solved. I'll find a simple recipe and work up to the more complex ones later.

Problem two? Every time I bake sweets, I eat too much. Then I feel sick. Until the next day when I do it again. By day three, everything's gone and my boyfriend's complaining that I didn't leave any for him. So this is where we get to the point...accountability. Weight loss counselors are a great support system for many reasons, but probably the most important thing we provide is a feeling of accountability. Did you see Kirstie Alley on Oprah this week? She said that as soon as she ended her contract with Jenny Craig, she started eating what she wanted and stopped exercising. Why? Because when she was on Jenny Craig, her consultant came to her house every week to weigh her in. Without someone to hold her accountable, she did what she wanted. And the great thing about having a weight loss counselor is that it's someone outside of your circle. You can't ask someone you're close with to monitor you and keep you on track. That's not fair to them and it's going to end up irritating you. Believe me... You might get irritated with your weight loss counselor, but it's her job and you're paying her to do it.

So today I'm holding myself accountable, and I'm using you to do it. This is my promise to myself and to all of you that I'll enjoy the cheesecake currently baking in my oven, but won't go overboard. I'll cut it into slices and have no more than one slice each day, and there will be plenty left over for others to enjoy too! So there it is. Once I post this, I can't go back. Can I? I'll let you know...

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