What are Your Diet Pitfalls?

If you are trying to lose weight, whether it be ten pounds or one hundred pounds, it is not uncommon to backslide into unhealthy eating and exercise habits. In March 2011, CNN identified “The Moments That Make us Fat” from dinner at a buffet restaurant to resisting dessert at a swanky cocktail party. According to James Hill, executive of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, it can be dangerous to rely solely on willpower to sustain your diet in challenging situations. “Willpower is not inexhaustible, ” Hill told CNN.com. You only have a certain amount of it, and it’s gone.” Instead of relying on willpower, Hill suggests planning ahead. Identify the situations that tempt you to veer away from your healthy habits and plan strategies to keep yourself on track.

Diet Pitfall: Vacation

When you’re on vacation, sipping cocktails by the pool and indulging in new regional cuisine might be appealing but it will quickly result in weight gain if you aren’t careful. When on vacation, enjoy local food and beverages in moderation. Try to get plenty of exercise on vacation to offset indulgences.

Diet Pitfall: After a break-up

Instead of seeking comfort in your favorite flavor of ice cream or a deep-dish pizza, opt for exercise. The endorphins released during a sweat session will improve your mood. If you’re ready to get back out there and mingle, choose a group activity, like training for a 5K, which will help you socialize and meet new people.

Diet Pitfall: A party with fabulous food

Parties can be an easy place to fall off the diet wagon, especially when there is a spread of delicious food and drink. Before you head to your next affair, eat a small, healthy snack and limit alcohol consumption to avoid overindulging.

Diet Pitfall: Watching TV

When you settle in to watch a night of prime time TV, it can be tempting to pair your favorite shows with an unhealthy snack. Instead of eating junk food when you aren’t even hungry, beat mindless eating by becoming more aware of your own hunger cues. If you need to eat a snack, opt for fresh fruit, veggies or low-fat yogurt.

Diet Pitfall: A Buffet

Whether you’re dining out or enjoying a meal in someone’s home, buffets offer endless temptation.  Limit yourself to one plate of food and fill half of it with fruits and vegetables. If a second helping tempts you, drink a glass of water and wait twenty minutes before eating again to decide if you’re actually hungry. The cute diet journal (above) can be found at Cafe Press.  Thanks to Diets in Review and author, Maris Callahan, for sharing this post.

Italy Bound: Marche Region

Today is Sunday, and I am off to Milan and then the Marche Region of Italy. This is a picture of the sea of the Regional park of Monte Conero, where I will be staying for several days. It is considered one of the best views in the adriatic sea. Follow my site this week for more updates. First stop Milan.

Kids Cook it Up: Sausage-Vegetable Pizza

My kids are already out of school for the summer, and they are so excited. They love having friends over, of course, and I like to ask them if they want to help out in the kitchen. My kids (and their friends) love being in the kitchen. It’s the center of our home. Most of their friends know that I’m a Recipe Developer and Cookbook Author and that I’m always taking pictures in the kitchen. We made these Sausage-Vegetable Pizzas the other day, and they had a blast. Making pizzas is a fun kid’s activity. I love to set up an array of toppings, and I let them create their own. Try this for an awesome summer activity.


Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: A Southern Event Like No Other

What a weekend! As you may have seen from my recent post, it was a big one for me. I was in Atlanta attending and speaking at two conferences:  the BlogHer Food Conference 2011 and the first ever Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Friday night at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, I was so excited to have a chance to dine at Miller Union, a wine and food dinner featuring the Lee Brothers. With 6 courses of fabulous food, wine and company, I was in a foodie wonderland. It was such a treat to be able to have dinner with the Editor and Publisher from Oxford American Magazine, an Editor from Southern Living, an Editor of the Nashville Scene, Chef Tyler Brown of Capitol Grill, the Marketing Director from the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, and Chef Chris Hasting of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham.

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was the most incredible event I have ever attended in the South. Food and wine tents, speakers, chef food demos and more in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Truly this was the first ever Aspen Food & Wine Festival of the south. See Warren Brown from Cake Love showing his cake making secrets (below).

More food samples, oh my.

I was honored to be speaking at this festival on Sunday with the talented Food Stylist, Tami Hardeman of Running with Tweezers; Bourbon Expert, Tom Fischer of the Bourbonblog.com; and Dennis Byron of the amazing beer blog, Ale Sharpton (see below) on a food blogger insight panel. We had a full crowd, and our talk actually ran over 3o minutes since no one was leaving. I learned new things from this talented group as well as the questions asked. I can’t thank the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival enough for their incredible hard work on this event. You get a standing ovation and many thanks.

 

My New Cookbook “400 Best Sandwich Recipes from Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments”

When my cookbook Publisher, Robert Rose Books, said that my book will be here on “March 29th,” they meant it. It arrived exactly on that date, and I am so excited to announce the release of “400 Best Sandwich Recipes from Classics & Burgers to Wraps and Condiments”. This is the go-to book on sandwiches with something for everyone. It includes 400 recipes. Yes, I really said, “400”! You will enjoy sandwich recipes for every meal and occasion including appetizers, breakfast, lunch as well as burgers, wraps, international, regional U.S, grilled cheese, condiments and more. I call it the “bible” of sandwiches, and it’s been well received so far. When I spoke at a conference a few months ago, I realized that I have been developing recipes professionally for over 17 years (wow, now that shows my age), so I am so excited about my first internationally published cookbook. Thanks to my wonderful subscribers, followers, family and friends for your awesome and incredible support. I hope you will check out my book, and let me know what you think.