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Do It Now! New Years Resolutions Really Work

January 6, 2015

The GOOD news: According to the author of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, "You are ten times more likely to change by making a New Year's resolution." The study showed that 50 percent of people who seized the New Year as an opportunity for change met their goals.

The BAD news: It's not that simple. There are some basic steps you need to follow to turn a wish for change into reality. Here's what the study shows will work:

7 Steps to Making Your New Year's Resolution Stick 

1.  Set Your Positive Long Term Goal. Have an exciting vision of yourself having achieved your goal. See yourself – how you look and feel - crossing a goal line, as professional athletes do; envision how great you’ll look in those upcoming wedding photos; see your doctor congratulating you for your success

2. Develop a Specific Action Plan for the Year. “In one year I will achieve a 50-pound weight loss.” Develop a sense of urgency about your goal by pondering the negative consequences of not making your goal, “How would it feel to be the same weight next year?”

3. Break up your Goal into Bite-Size Pieces. It’s more gratifying to achieve your goals every day or every week. For instance, instead of thinking about your year's goal, say, “I will lose 1 pound per week,” or “daily I will eat fruit and/or veggie snacks.” Again, remind yourself of the consequences of your actions, "Should I stay in bed another 1/2 hour or get up to exercise? Do I want to feel good today or crummy today?"

4. Reward yourself for your Successes. The latest research finds financial rewards can be very successful. But daily pats on the back are important, too.

5. Don't Make a Backup Plan, as you are less likely to work toward your main goal and may more readily accept failure

6. Develop Genuine Confidence. It’s a potent predictor of who succeeds.

7. Expect Occasional Slips. Studies of successful weight losers show they experience similar stressors and slips as relapsers, they just react differently to them: They pick themselves up, dust themselves off and start all over again.

The battle of the bulge is won at the margins. Sweeping dietary overhauls are impractical and don’t work over time. Shrewd, small, concrete, positive changes which can be easily incorporated into your daily routine lead to success


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Meet Carla Hall & Top Chefs Dec. 14

December 11, 2014

Les Dames d'Escoffier is hosting the first annual CULINARY WOMEN IN WORDS Holiday Book Party in Georgetown Sunday, December 14th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Salon Ilo.
Sixteen of the region’s esteemed women leaders in food, beverage, nutrition and hospitality put pen to paper in more than twenty highly-regarded cookbooks, healthy-eating guides, real-food for children, quick dinner ideas and more.

Savor flavors of Italy, Mexico, Persia, Thailand, Jewish heritage, Southern fare, Mediterranean cuisine and more. Preserve nature’s bounty, bake pastries, eat octopus, find secrets to tasty meals for weight-loss and diabetes, and travel through wine country.

Meet each author at this signature holiday book-signing party. Enjoy tasty morsels from the cookbook-author recipes, and festive beverages. Delight the epicureans in your life with the gift of autographed books, signed specially to them.

Cost is a $25 donation to Les Dames DC in advance or $35 at the door. RSVP here.

Salon Ilo is located at 1637 Wisconsin Avenue.

For more information about the celebrity chef authors, click here.

(Photo by: Les Dames d'Escoffier DC)

Les Dames DC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) invitational organization of women leaders in the food, beverage, hospitality and related industries who use their talents and influence for community outreach and through grants and scholarships,4 mentoring, and educational programs, help to support women to succeed in these industries. Les Dames d’Escoffier was founded in 1973 in New York City.Les Dames DC was established in 1981.

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Surprise: The Fat-Burning Superfood That's Cheap and Everywhere

November 3, 2014

Over the years, I've noticed that clients who added a certain item to their diet seemed more likely to lose weight. And this happened even when their calorie intake remained the same. What is this superfood? It's nothing weird, it's not a supplement, it's cheap and everywhere — and it's a product that may go back to Neolithic times. What is this superfood? yogurt.

For years, I've wondered why this versatile food worked so well, and now, new scientific research is backing my observations. It turns out that the bacterial organisms in the digestive tract — about 100 million of them (10 times the number of human cells), collectively called the microbiome — are akin to a fully functioning organ, and can have a positive or negative effect on human health, according to nutrition scientists at a National Institutes of Health conference entitled: "The Human Microbiome: Implications for Nutrition and Clinical Practice."

But, to achieve maximum benefit, you must eat probiotics together with prebiotics

Yogurt contains a class of bacteria called probiotics that "remain alive during processing and shelf life, survive digestion and then cause health benefits," said Jo Ann Hattner, a registered dietitian, consultant at the Stanford University School of Medicine and co-author of "Gut Insight." She added that together with certain foods known as prebiotics, probiotics create a symbiotic relationship that profoundly benefit your microbiome and your health. Read More..

RECIPES IN PHOTO: "Cool Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Cilantro," "Seared Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Vinaigrette," and "Melon Chunks with Crumbled Feta and Fresh Mint," from "Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!"  (photo by Viggy Parr)

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