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Detox? Cleanse? Jumpstart? Where to start?

January 2, 2012

I'm upset by my holiday bloat! But I’m thankful I've already lost 3 pounds. How did I do it? Here are some things to consider when deciding how you should lose your “2011 pounds” to help you get 2012 off to a healthy start…

A new client shared a familiar story with me. Sarah, who has struggled with her weight for years, had just spent a week at a health spa, successfully losing three pounds. But within a few days of returning home, she had gained all of her hard-earned weight loss back – and more. She felt so desperate, she was considering a 21-day “cleanse,” but was fearful severe dieting would backfire again and wanted my advice.

Her fears were well-founded and illustrated the most frustrating dilemma of dieting: Weight loss is exhilarating, but too often the results are fleeting.

This struggle has been going on as long as people have been looking for quick-fix, formulaic diets. In the 1970s, it was carb-counting with Atkins or Scarsdale. The 80s brought us liquid diets (remember Oprah and Optifast?). In the 90s, low-fat diets were the rage. Then we came full circle with low-carb diets returning in the 2000s and the modern equivalent of liquid diets – “cleanses” and “detoxes” – back today.

But the challenge remains the same: You cannot “diet” forever. At some point, you must transition from the “diet” to an eating plan and lifestyle which maintains your weight and health.

A “Cleanse”:

Sarah said it would be such a relief not to have to think, or make choices, and so rewarding to lose weight quickly. I completely understand the temptation here. And these factors do make weight loss with a liquid diet easier for many people. But I encouraged Sarah, “Ask yourself: Will the weight loss stick? Yo-yoing can be demoralizing.” Though I agree it is better to try something than to stay overweight, unhealthy and feeling miserable.

If you decide to go all the way and try a “cleanse” or very low calorie diet plan, you probably will lose weight. It’s a fact: when you eat fewer calories than you burn, weight loss is a consequence. And even a liquid cleanse, if short term, shouldn’t be harmful. (Though some people experience constipation, nutritional deficiencies, headaches, depression/irritability, hair loss.)

But since by definition this is temporary, be prepared to transition slowly to healthy eating (go too fast and you’re liable to gain a lot of water weight).

The Transition:

A second option would be to start with the healthy lifestyle that you would be transitioning to. Lose weight in a sustainable way so that when you’ve lost it, the good habits are in place. I probably don’t need to tell you this is my choice, and it’s successful for the majority of people.

Based on studies of successful weight loss maintainers, here is what you should do to keep weight off once it is lost:

Live at a spa. Not practical? Okay, create a “Home Spa” to jump-start 2012 and feel as good, if not better, than you would being on a liquid “cleanse.” Do…

·      Minesweep for Calorie Bombs– Banish any “risky,” fattening or unhealthy foods from the house,

·      Control Your Environment- Stock your home (and office) with delicious, healthy foods, and piles of clean, chopped, ready-to-grab fruit and veggie snacks,

·      Start Every Day with Physical Activity– Don’t even think about it! Before checking email, taking phone calls, or applying make-up (I know – I’m horrible!), get out the door for a walk, jump on your home treadmill, go to boot camp or to the gym,

·      Eat Breakfast Every Morning – Preferably at home, so you’re not tempted by the bagel the size of your head at the office,

·      Eat Light at Night – Soup is ideal for feeling satisfied with fewer calories so you don’t go to bed feeling too full.  Wake up hungry for a good breakfast in the morning,

·      Sleep at least 7 to 8 Hours – Sleep disturbances are correlated with weight problems

For more information, contact Katherine Tallmadge.


Katherine’s “Cleansing” Veggie Soup

(excerpted from “Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations,” LifeLine Press, 2011)

This may not be considered a genuine “cleanse” but that’s good! It contains real food you can actually chew! It’s delicious, satisfying, loaded with nutrients and is naturally fiber-rich for natural "cleansing!"


10 to 12 - 100 calorie servings

4 Quarts Defatted Chicken Stock

1 Large Can of Tomatoes with Juice

2 Parsnips

1 Large Potato

5 Carrots

1/4 Large Cabbage

2 Stalks Celery

1 Medium peeled Onion

1/2 tsp butter or light margarine per serving (optional)

Bouquet Garni:
1 Large Clove Garlic

4 Sprigs of Fresh Parsley

2 Sprigs of Fresh Dill

Cut all of the vegetables into bite size pieces.  To make the “bouquet garni,” place the garlic, parsley and dill in a cheese cloth, tie with a string.  Put vegetables and bouquet garni in the chicken stock and simmer until potatoes and carrots are soft  - about 40 minutes.

When serving, garnish each bowl with 1/2 tsp of butter or light margarine.


Written by Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, LD

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Georgetown University hosts community Holiday Party

December 8, 2011

Georgetown University opened its doors Wednesday evening spreading warmth and cheer during their annual community holiday party hosted by President John DeGioia and his wife in conjunction with The Office of External Relations and The Office of Student Affairs. 

David Dunn with Mayor Vincent Gray (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) David Dunn with Mayor Vincent Gray

Rokas Beresniovas, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said and Dorothy Brown (Photo by: Janine Schoonver) Rokas Beresniovas, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said and Dorothy Brown

(Photo by: Janine Schoonover)

Associate Vice President of External Relations, Linda Greenan led the hospitality by welcoming guests, including Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilman-at-Large Vincent Orange, ANC2E Commissioners Ed Solomon and Bill Starrels, Commander Michael Reese of Metropolitan Police Department, Britt Swan, Ray Danieli, Beth Webster, Rokas Beresniovas and many others packing the historic Riggs Library. 

The architectural details of the room added to the cozy feeling, along with gingerbread houses, hot chocolate and decorated holiday cookies.

Britt Swan, Elizabeth Webster and Ray Danieli (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) Britt Swan, Elizabeth Webster and Ray Danieli

Mayor Gray commended Linda Greenan for her dedication to the community and its respect for her work.  He jokingly recalled that he went to the other University.  Councilman Orange wished everyone a happy holiday and Linda Greenan thanked everyone for coming out. 

Tom, Sarah, Ryan, Jordan and Katelyn Strike enjoying the decorated holiday cookies (Photo by: Janine Schoonover) Tom, Sarah, Ryan, Jordan and Katelyn Strike enjoying the decorated holiday cookies

The Gospel Choir, as well as the Holy Trinity School Choir, sang Christmas carols putting everyone in a festive mood. 

A good time and a good night was had by all.


Written by Janine Schoonover

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A Georgetown resident speaks out against proposed East Banc expansion

December 5, 2011

This past Monday, Nov. 28,  2011, at the ANC meeting, local residents near the public alley behind 3200 M St. and Prospect Street voiced their strong objections to plans by EastBanc, Inc. to add a mezzanine level and rear alley access to the Coach store at 3259 M Street.  At the OGB meeting on Dec. 1, EastBanc representatives stated that they planned to make changes to the existing building because the Coach store lease was almost up and they wanted to make the renovations before the next tenant moved in. EastBanc, Inc. owns five properties along the alley.  EastBanc representatives indicated that the modifications to the Coach store were only the beginning of their planned development of the alley behind M St. According to The Patch, Phillipe Lanier, a principal at EastBanc, said in a phone interview “it is our intent to make this a version of another Cady’s Alley.”

(Photo by: Maria Kinnane)

I am a resident on Potomac Street, with my private parking spaces on this alley.  I wish to bring to the public’s attention that the proposed changes in the alley, as apparently envisioned by EastBanc, would significantly compromise the usability of the alley for residents, impeding their access to their homes and businesses, due to the increased traffic, pedestrian and vehicular,  brought by the commercial development of the alley.  Several businesses also have private parking spaces  in the alley.  These spaces would also become unusable with the additional foot and commercial traffic. It is very important to note that the alley access on Potomac Street is only 7 feet wide, due to a railing along one wall.  Further down this dead end public alley, the width is only ten feet.

I also have grave concerns about the increased noise and disruption which would be brought by the conversion of this small space into commercial use, greatly affecting the quality of life of the residents and businesses along the alley.  We also expect that our property values will decline with the proposed development.

(Even for any new businesses that EastBanc may bring in, the existing space in the alley would be extremely difficult to navigate, even if primary access would be through Prospect Street.)

 It is clear that the rights of the existing residents and businesses in this alley would be significantly compromised by the planned development.

I believe that the point of view of the residents and businesses in this small area need to be presented to the public, otherwise, commercial interests may continue to slowly infiltrate and change the nature of our community, concomitantly violating the rights and interests of its residents. 

I do not believe that Georgetown residents wish to cede their lifestyle and community to commercial interests.  However, I do believe that Georgetowners would be strongly supportive  of commercial enterprises that would work to integrate the needs and welfare of the community in their proposed development plans. 

I do not believe that EastBanc is working in a constructive way with the community in their development plans on the alley behind M St. and Prospect Street.

Written by Maria Kinnane

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