Posts Tagged ‘Ellie Krieger’

Got a Family With a Healthy Appetite? You’re in Luck

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Are you a fan of the Food Network? If so, you’ve probably been tempted (like I am) by Paula Deen’s butter-laden Southern goodies.

But given that I’m trying to cook more healthfully for myself and my family these days, I tend to enjoy Paula for the entertainment value (she’s a hoot!) and then turn to “Healthy Appetite With Ellie Krieger” for recipes I’ll actually use.

While I’ve done my share of downloading Ellie’s recipes from the Food Network website, I’m all over her hot-off-the-presses new cookbook, The Food You Crave (Taunton; 2008; $28).

Ellie doesn’t pretend we don’t all have cravings. In fact, she takes the comforting dishes my family adores the most — garlic fries, chocolate pudding — and creates healthy versions that we love.

She also offers tips for things like “building a better muffin” by cutting but not eliminating fat, using heart-healthy canola oil, increasing moistness and tenderness with fruit or vegetable purees and using whole-grain pastry flour.

With recipes for Jerk Chicken with Cool Pineapple Salsa, Jambalaya With Shrimp and Ham and Chocolate Cherry-Almond Biscotti, you may tend to forget that Krieger is a registered dietitian and that these recipes are good for you. Just don’t tell your taste buds — or your kids — and they’ll never know.

Hey Mom — Check Out These Reader Tips for Dropping The Pounds

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Well, gang, apparently I’m not at all alone in getting on the scale, post-holiday, and being a bit taken aback. I received so many great comments so far on this topic that I thought I’d summarize some of the tips for you here (and they’re all tips that busy parents can use, so there go our excuses!):

°    Julie Curtis has found that running with her dog for just 20 minutes a day has helped her lose weight. We can all squeeze in 20 minutes of exercise, right? (OK, on most days.)

°    Fred enjoys listening to Jillian Michaels (fitness coach on “The Biggest Loser”) on her radio show and has started following some of the exercises on her website.

°    Shape magazine writer Dara Chadwick, who blogs at Fit in Real Life, talked about the importance of doing JUST ONE THING — drinking more water, eating more veggies, whatever you feel will make a difference. That I can do. (And check out her blog post about the bag of chocolate chips. Boy, can I relate!)

°    Lisa Iannucci suggested taking older kids with us to the gym as
guests. I didn’t even know you could do that. Her gym allows this for
kids age 13 and older. Definitely something to keep in mind.

°    Heather turned us on to Ellie Krieger’s new website. I’m jazzed about Ellie’s new site for an additional reason: I’m on it! Just saw her site for the first time today — and there was my photo, with the before and after pics taken by my 12-year-old son! Too funny. After I had done my Woman’s Day weight-loss blog, Ellie had asked if I’d write a short testimonial for her about how well the advice in her book worked for me. I was more than happy to do that.

No, I wasn’t paid a dime. This was just something I wanted to do. So there’s no conflict of interest when I say Ellie is the real deal. Her advice has definitely helped me drop the pounds — while still preparing meals that my kid wants to eat. No small task.

Thanks, folks, for these great tips. Please keep ‘em coming!

Scaling Down and Fessing Up — Again!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

The fact that I’m eating chips and salsa as I write this post confirms that I need to be writing this post…

Back in May 2007, Woman’s Day magazine asked me to write a 3-month daily weight-loss blog based on the advice in Ellie Krieger’s wonderful book, Small Changes, Big Results. You can see the entire three-month process unfold at

When I started the blog, I weighed 142 pounds — not too good for a 5’2" chick. My doctor agreed that it was time to drop the pounds. At the end of 12 weeks, I weighed 127.2, almost reaching my tentative goal of 125. I was flying high and committed to staying with my plan.

Then I got "cute" (as my old Weight Watchers leader used to call it). Without the threat of blogging-related public humiliation to keep me on the right path, I started falling back into my old habits: not exercising enough, eating when I was happy, eating when I was sad, eating when I was bored. (And scarfing chips and salsa at my desk…)

Sound familiar?

I’m back up to 131.4 now, and I can see that if I don’t get serious about this I’ll be back to 142 before I know it. I’m not going to let all that work go down the drain! Since this is a parenting blog, I can’t think of a better place to write about the challenges of dropping the weight while juggling the demands of motherhood. So I’ll be weighing in here with my thoughts, my struggles, some great tips and, every Wednesday, a weigh-in report.

Please join me. I want to know what you’re doing, as we start a fresh new year, to get fit, lose weight and inspire your family to live a healthier lifestyle. Let’s scale down and fess up — together!