The Ultimate Key to Loving the Self You’re In


“The way out is in. The path to freedom from dieting, or anything that weighs you down, is to return to your source- to love the self you’re already in.”

—from The French Twist

In dieting we resist our true nature—our tastes and preferences, right alongside the food we are craving. We become as frightened of food as we are of our dark thoughts and emotions. That’s why we spend most of our time distracting ourselves with addictions like shopping, eating, working, social media and dieting. We are afraid that our hunger is bottomless, that we’re unworthy of love, a healthy body and a happy life. And even if we do summon the courage to take a look, that door is slammed shut. We have lost the key and just don’t know how to get inside. There’s no reason to live behind closed doors anymore. It’s not working anyway, is it?

The way in is as easy as knowing how to pick the lock. With a little practice and some patience you’ll crack the bolt and ease the door open. Gradually and softly you’ll take a look inside. Instead of binge eating you’ll be breathing. Meditation—this is the path to freedom and self-love I’m talking about.

Meditation! It’s a scary thought, and doing it is really hard, you’ve heard. You have to be Hindu or something to grasp it. Plus, there are rules. Sit straight for twenty minutes, legs crossed, head high and breathe through one nostril at a time. Learn a mantra, sit in front of an alter, follow a light, and don’t think. It’s foreign, that’s for sure. And uncomfortable.

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By |July 27th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Rough Night? Foods to Ease a Hangover


The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after, is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But after Fat Tuesday, that’s easier said than done!

If you still wind up with a celebratory hangover, you may be tempted to try the hair of the dog that bit you. But you’ll be better off feeding your way back to happiness with these foods that give your body what it desperately needs.


  • Asparagus eaten just before you drink or with your meal may prevent a hangover. It’s enzymes help to break down alcohol.
  • Honey has antioxidants and concentrated fructose that flush out alcohol.
  • Salty soup will help replace salt stores lost in the frequent urination that comes with drinking too much.
  • A banana can improve potassium levels caused by excessive drinking.
  • Eggs are my secret hangover cure. They provide energy and contain cysteine—the substance that breaks down a hangover-causing toxin, acetaldehyde, into the liver’s depleted glutathione.
  • Quinoa has amino acids that are depleted through alcohol.
  • Water. Your body needs to replenish and rehydrate.

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By |March 5th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

It’s a New Year! Ready-Set-Go!

Ready Set GoMeet my nutritionist, Lisa Corrado.  Why do I, a practicing nutritionist, need a nutritionist?

When I first met Lisa I was thrilled to learn that we were of like-mind—neither of us subscribe to gimmicks or diet schemes.  Lisa is a smart, real world, solid practitioner. My first thought upon meeting her was that if I needed a nutritionist, it would be Lisa.

A few months ago, I did. I wasn’t feeling well after a run in with an antibiotic I took for a simple bacterial infection.  Finally after a few weeks of misery—wondering what the antidote to this toxicity could be, I asked myself what advice and help I would offer a client struggling with the same problem.  The thing is, when you’re not feeling well it’s hard to think clearly and make good decisions.  I thought about Lisa- knowing that I would be meeting with her within a few days provided me comfort…she would understand.  She would have the answers that just weren’t available to me in my weakened state.

Plus, after publishing my book, The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Weight Management I found my schedule filled with book signings and PR events, leaving a lot less time to actually see clients and practice nutrition.  I’d been searching to find just the right person to refer to those seeking my help. Since Lisa is my go-to nutritionist, the answer was clear.

I want you to know what makes Lisa so special—we sat down for a few hours together over a cappuccino and talked, comparing notes and sharing ideas friend-to-friend, colleague-to-colleague.  Here’s a little bit of what we talked about that day.  I [...]

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Leave the Stuffing to the Turkey

Stuffing TurkeyHow can you make sure that the turkey is the only one stuffed during the holiday season?

Choose the best and pass on the rest

Take a peek at all the foods being offered at your holiday feast and choose your absolute favorites. Sticking to the foods you prefer and savoring every bite will allow you to celebrate the occasion without feeling deprived.

Eat slowly and naturally downsize your portions

Serve yourself half of what you typically eat.  Then take a breath and slow down before you dig in.  Eating mindfully will allow you a bit of time to recognize your internal cues—to know when you’re beginning to feel full.  The idea is to put your fork down before you’re stuffed.

Spend more time socializing

If you’re focusing on mingling and catching up with family and friends, you’re surely eating in a more relaxed state, which aids in assimilation and metabolism of your meal.  Plus you’ll enjoy the company as much as the food!

Seconds are not mandatory

I know this will come as a shock but…a typical meal is one serving, not two, no matter what day of the year it may be.


But just a little.  If you really, really won’t feel satisfied until you have a bite of that pumpkin cheesecake, then have a bite or two. Resisting a treat that you truly crave will only lead to overeating later.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

So what happens if you can’t resist and eat with reckless abandon during a holiday event? Don’t be too hard on yourself.  Shake it off!  Don’t let one incident define the rest of your holiday eating behavior.

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