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Katherine's Diet Tip #6: Sing in the Shower!

May 8, 2016

Today is Katherine's Diet Tip #6 for your spring awakening and pound shedding. Follow me in The Georgetown Dish every Monday with proven strategies to lose weight, improve your health or just increase your knowledge about nutrition. Through spring, we'll be losing weight together, so you'll be ready for the warmer days to come!

How does singing in the shower help you lose weight? Actually, yelling is more like it. And believe me, when you crank up that cold water, you'll hear some yelling! 

There are bath people and shower people in the world. Some of us (me, for example), are "bi" - I love to relax both ways. I spend so much time submerged in water that I hit upon an intriguing way to lose weight.

When you're finished scrubbing and are ready to exit, crank up the water to as hot a temperature as comfort allows. Luxuriate for a moment, then turn it all the way to cold. (Pause for yelling) Stay under the cold spray for at least ten seconds. You'll actually feel your body temperature change and your body will turn to jelly. 

Why in the world would I suggest such torture? Very simply, it's one of the most relaxing treats imaginable. Regular baths and showers help you relax. But this hot-and-cold finale will give you an unbelievable surge of energy. 

The next time you get the urge to eat, even though you realize you're not hungry (it often happens in the evenings),  you can assume that you're anxious about something. Now's the time for your bath or shower. You'll feel more relaxed and in control, and less likely to binge unnecessarily.

When I was working out my "nervous snacking" problem, some weekends I'd be in the tub five times a day! I felt it was better than indulging in non-hunger, nervous eating.

Use a daily bath or shower to get you over snacking urges, and you could potentially save 250 to 300 calories a day, and lose 26 to 31 pounds over the course of a year!

Excerpted from "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations" (LifeLine Press) by Katherine Tallmadge


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Katherine's Diet Tip #5: Kids in the Kitchen For Mom's Day

May 1, 2016

Follow me in The Georgetown Dish every Monday with proven strategies to lose weight, improve your health or just increase your knowledge about nutrition. Through spring, we'll be losing weight together, so you'll be ready for the warmer days to come!

Asking your family to help you cook meals prepares them for life and gives them quality time with you. This Mothers' Day, ask your kids to help in the kitchen. It could be a lot of fun, and you just may find yourself cooking more often for the sheer enjoyment of it. But will this help you lose weight? Absolutely! Research shows successful weight loss maintainers are more likely to eat meals at home instead of going out to restaurants or buying takeout. So anything you can do to increase home cooking - is good. Asking your children to help or, if they're old enough, giving them the task of fixing a whole meal for the family is a great way to do it, and there's no better time to start than Mothers' Day.

When my client, Lois, asked her son Daniel, ten, what he would like to cook for his first family meal, he chose tacos. Lois was around in case he needed help, but essentially, Daniel did it on his own. Everyone in the family enjoyed it and suggested other meals Daniel could make!

Kids love to make pizza. You can buy pre-cooked or raw dough rounds (try whole wheat). Let the children pick the vegetables, chop and saute them, then spread them around the pizza. Some favorites are mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach, and zucchini. For meat lovers, look for extra lean meats, poultry, or even seafood, such as shrimp - or even vegetarian cured meats such as "ham" and "sausage." Try a variety of cheeses: Mozzarella, Goat Cheese, Provolone. And you can be assured that your own portion is delicious, nutritious, and calorie-controlled.

Save at least 500 calories by eating at home instead of at a greasy spoon - all else being equal - and lose 50 pounds in a year!

Excerpted from "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations" by Katherine Tallmadge (LifeLine Press)


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Katherine's Diet Tip #4: Don't Cook on Weekdays + Addictive Asparagus Recipe

April 25, 2016

Strange advice? Well, I mean it. Life is busy, busy, busy, and if you try to do your weekday cooking on top of everything else, you'll find yourself making reservations at every joint in town.

To take stress out of your life (and calories out of your diet), get in the habit of preparing batch meals ahead of time, preferably on weekends, when you're not as rushed and tired as you are during the week. 

This concept is so important that I've added an extra section of recipes for batch cooking in my book, "Diet Simple," and more in "Diet Simple Farm to Table: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!"

The idea is to prepare quick and easy dinners ahead of time so that you always have something in the freezer or refrigerator that's ready to go on a moment's notice.

Let's say I'm going to make "Veal Stew with Carrots La Boutard" as my main course batch meal and, taking advantage of this seasons most delectable vegetable, my "Chilled Asparagus in a Creamy Tarragon, Shallot and Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette" as my batch side dish. I'll keep enough in the refrigerator for Sunday and Tuesday night dinners; the rest goes in the freezer for dinners on Thursday and Saturday nights. 

Other nights I might have rotisserie chicken from a local supermarket, burritos or pizza - meals that I can whip up in a hurry. Since I do most of the shopping and cooking on weekends, I spend hardly any time on food preparation during the week. That makes life easy!

Let's say you eat out one night during the week, but the other nights you have these delicious and nutritious meals at home. You could save at least 400 calories per meal - and that's 36 pounds in one year!

Excerpted from "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations" (LifeLine Press) by Katherine Tallmadge. Recipe excerpted from "Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!" also by Katherine Tallmadge.


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