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sweets for my sweetie

A bit ironic with yesterday’s post on high fructose corn syrup that this email pops in to my Blackberry at 7:22am while I’m on my way to work:

You want to make some brownies or cookies tonight for the bake sale? If not, I should probably pick something up at the store.

Love,

Me

That would be my husband. Less than 24 hours notice for a bake sale at his work. Isn’t Mr. P one lucky guy that I responded happily with a, “Sure! No problem!” And I think his co-workers are lucky he asked, too. Store bought baked goods can’t hold a candle to homemade! 😀

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies adapted from My Wellnest and originally from Cooks.com

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend
1 cup sugar
1/4 skim milk
1/8 cup cocoa
1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
1 1/2 cups quick oats or old fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Combine butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa in saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla until thick. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cookies will harden as they cool. Yield: 16 large no-bake cookies.

Nutrition Information (per cookie): 146 calories; 7.6 g. fat; 10 mg. cholesterol; 58 mg. sodium; 18.4 g. carbohydrate; 1.5 g. fiber; 2.9 g. protein

Result: Ohhhh my! I should’ve stayed a no-bake virgin…these things are DANGEROUS!!! They taste so rich and just melt in your mouth. For that reason, I find the nutrition stats to be pretty wonderful. The fat in the cookies is primarily heart healthy MUFA’s and PUFA’s from the Smart Balance and trans fat-free peanut butter and they contain fiber from oats. And calorie-wise, I think they’re a great bargain for the size of the cookie. YUM! Added bonus: most people have every ingredient on hand, so when your hubby or kid pulls a bake sale out of left field, you don’t have to add grocery shopping to your to-do list, too 😉

Since the kitchen was already messy, I decided to make another recipe for the bake sale…

Basic Cookie Dough Recipe from Kitchen Daily

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.

With the mixer on low speed, beat in the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in any goodies (i.e. chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, etc.). Tear off two sheets of waxed paper, each about 12 inches. Spoon half the dough lengthwise down the center of each sheet of paper forming a strip about 8 inches long. With your hands, roll each strip into a log about 2 inches wide, and 1 inch thick. Wrap the logs up in the paper. Freeze several hours until firm or freeze up to 3 months.

To bake: Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap frozen dough and with a sharp knife, slice 1/4-inch thick. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden around the edges, rotating baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back. With a wide, thin metal spatula, remove from baking sheets to wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Nutrition Information (per cookie, dough without goodies): 54 calories; 2.2 g. fat; 8 mg. cholesterol; 51 mg. sodium; 8 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 0.6 g. protein

Result: I made 1/2 of the batch into standard chocolate chip cookies by adding 1/3 cup chocolate chips and the other half into white chocolate chip cranberry cookies by adding 1/3 cup white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup dried cranberries. I love the versatility of having a simple dough recipe, especially since you can stash a batch in the freezer for up to 3 months! This was your classic, yummy cookie!

OIAJ or LTIAJ (Lily’s tongue in a jar)? LTIAJ sure occupies her, so I went with that… 😉

Other than baking last night, I dragged my tush through a 3 mile run on the treadmill. I don’t know why, but my legs felt like lead…certainly one of my worst runs in awhile. However, after watching Biggest Loser last night, I don’t think I can complain!! Jillian is MEAN!!

Question: Are you going to be watching The Biggest Loser this season?

Half way to Friday,

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Eat, Pray, Love: Finding the balance.

If you haven’t read the book Eat, Pray, Love, I recommend you do so. I can only attest to the greatness of the book as I am yet to see the movie, but the book will have you smiling with every turn of a page…especially during the first section which takes place in Italy. The author writes of her adventures during trips to Italy, India, and Indonesia. And not shockingly, while in Italy she enjoys plentiful amounts of gelato and pizza while packing on pounds.

When I read the book, I could totally relate. In the summer of 2008 when I lived in Italy with Mr. Prevention, I found it hard to exercise portion control. Italian food is indescribable…DELICIOUS!

An article that popped into my in-box yesterday interviewed dietitians after reading Eat, Pray, Love as to how it related to  their work in educating on the importance of balance. Carolyn O’Niel wrote in the article, “…the message throughout seemed to be about finding balance in life, love, work, thoughts and deeds.” I loved that summary — it’s spot on.

After reading the article and the comments from dietitians, it got me thinking that balance is the “main street” approach among nutrition professionals. There are very few dietitians that “lay down the LAW”, so to speak, without any room for “balance”. Most dietitians find that balance in their own diet and lifestyle brings them maintainable health and happiness, and so it’s only natural they share that philosophy with patients.

A fun, easy read on a great book, balance, and dietitians!

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Speaking of, I’ve been enjoying my work-life balance. While yesterday was a long, 13-hour day I have been enjoying my 30-hour weeks! And it looks as though things will be staying fairly calm for awhile — I did not get the job in pediatric endocrinology 😦 I found out on Monday and had to process the disappointment for a few days, but I exited the interview having given it my all. I knew I was a long-shot candidate with only 1 year of experience and no previous work in pediatrics, but completely bummed because I miss having my hands in diabetes on a regular basis!!

I think everything happens for a reason, and so I’ve turned my frown upside down and I’ve been using the afternoons to walk with Lily and get in great workouts. Miss Lily can walk about 0.6 miles in the 80 degree heat before she has to chug a bowl of water and plop down on TOP of the air-conditioning vent. Exhibit A:

And of course, I use my time to make Mr. Prevention a home-cooked meal every night!

Last night: Twice-baked potato and Biggest Loser Faux Fried Chicken!!

Biggest Loser “Fried Chicken”

2 pounds chicken tenders
1 quart 1% buttermilk
2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons paprika
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon organic seasoning Salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
Large pinch cayenne pepper
4 egg whites, beaten to very soft peaks
Pam cooking spray or olive oil

Directions:

Soak chicken tenders in refrigerator, in buttermilk, for 6 hours or overnight.

Drain and blot with paper towels to remove excess buttermilk. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325° F. Lay bread crumbs out on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes. Cool.

Increase oven heat to 450º F. Combine cornstarch, paprika, seasoning salt, black pepper, and cayenne in a large Pyrex dish – mix well.

Dredge drained and blotted chicken tenders in seasoned starch. Next, coat dredged tenders thoroughly with beaten egg whites. Last, dip tenders in toasted panko to fully coat. Place chicken tenders on a foil-lined baking sheet, fitted with a baking rack. Lightly spray chicken on both sides with Pam and season lightly with salt, if desired. Bake for about 12 – 15 minutes or until outside is crispy and chicken is just cooked through and juicy. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 270 calories; 4 g. fat (1 g. saturated fat); 65 mg. cholesterol; 210 mg. sodium; 27 g. carbohydrate; 2 g. fiber; 28 g. protein

Result: I rave about this recipe every time I make it…which is a lot, because Mr. Prevention LOVES it!!!! This is, hands down, one of his favorite meals.

Question: Did you read Eat, Pray, Love, or see the movie? Opinions? Do you think your nutritional “balance” is in check? Do you think you need to loosen the reins, or tighten them?

It’s all about balance and keeping balanced.

Be well,

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A whirl wind kind of day…

Yesterday. Phew, it’s over.

Miss Lily went in for surgery yesterday morning. They ended up not operating on her knee as the x-ray had shown improvement, but they did complete her vulvoplasty. I never knew they did plastic surgery on dogs…but, alas, they do. I have the drugged up puppy and lofty vet bill to prove it! Hopefully this will help decrease or eliminate her infections. Do ladies always have the short end of the stick or what?! 😉

I know Lily has a lot of fans out there, so if you think of it, please do send wishes for a speedy recovery her way. Poor pooch!! She spent most of the evening whimpering and it just about broke my heart.

THEN we found out we had a stray kitten living in our garage — it was hiding in the undersides of our cars. I wonder how many days the kitty has gone to work and back with Mr. Prevention or I!? We coaxed the kitty out with milk and I hope it found its mommy. The kitty was not friendly or socialized, so it was likely a barn cat that wandered too far away.

THEN I watered my booming garden! Check out its growth in the past week or so!

More cherry tomatoes!

THEN I made dinner. I had grocery shopped on my lunch break because I knew my last patient of the day would likely run over. At 10am I was craving taco salad, and so that’s what we had!

deer meat seasoned with taco seasoning
1 home grown cherry tomato
lettuce
corn
Biz’s homemade salsa
2% cheddar cheese
1/2 avocado

Delicious!

THEN I decided I needed to squeeze in a workout while watching American Idol.

Note to self: Running on a full stomach is NOT a good idea.

I made it a whopping 2 3/4 miles before deciding that was enough of that. Bleck!

THEN we watched The Biggest Loser. I had predicted O’Neal to win the at-home prize and Ashley to win it all. I was wrong on both predictions, but it was still a great finale! Darrel looked AWESOME, as did Sherry and Michael…and all the others! It’s amazing what these contestants accomplish in just a few short months.

While in theory I completely oppose the rate at which the contestants lose weight, the alternative is not preferred. The health problems these people face are life-threatening…most of them are a ticking time bomb. Drastic times call for drastic measures and I think the Biggest Loser does do good in helping contestants regain health in a very speedy fashion. It’s easy for those who don’t weight 484 pounds to sit back and disagree with the methods of the Biggest Loser. While I have my qualms as well (lots of them, trust me!), the seemingly insurmountable task set before these individuals is quickly minimized with rapid success at the scale. It’s frustrating to not see results, and a weight loss jump start is what keeps many of these contestants losing weight at home; they find some success at the ranch and began acquiring the tools they need to succeed in their life-long weight loss journey.

Biggest Loser Fans: Who did you want to win the at-home prize? Who did you want to win the grand prize?

American Idol Fans: Team Lee or Team Crystal?

Half way to Friday,

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An RD is the way to be!

Can I get a what-what from all the Registered Dietitians and RD’s-to-be out there?

I have received a lot of emails from readers wanting to know more about becoming a dietitian and the job outlook for dietitians (which are great questions, by the way!). I figured what better place to pimp my profession other than my nutrition blog?

First things first, the correct spelling is, in fact, dietitian…not dietician. I personally don’t get worked up over this minor detail, but many RD’s do 😉 Another thing – there IS a difference between “dietitians” and “nutritionists”. Basically, dietitians have the education and credentialing to practice in dietetics, while anyone can be considered a nutritionist. Most states require licensing for their dietitians and thus the title “Licensed Nutritionist” (LN) or “Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist” (LDN) is often used. In Oklahoma, “Licensed Dietitian” is the title assigned to licensed dietitians.

So, what does one need to do in order to become a dietitian? Several things.

  1. Obtain a bachelor’s degree from a CADE-accredited nutrition/dietetics program
  2. Complete a CADE-approved dietetic internship (ranging between 6 and 12 months, on average)
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  4. Obtain state licensure and/or registration, where applicable
  5. Complete continuing professional educational requirements (CPE’s) to maintain registration

Most importantly, what is the job outlook for dietitians?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, average employment growth is projected for dietitians. While that doesn’t sound impressive, it’s great news! The job outlook rate is anticipated to increase by 9% during the 2008-2018 projection decade. This is sound information in support of the continued growth and demand of dietetics and dietitians in the US.

And days like yesterday make being a dietitian one of the most rewarding jobs. I met a patient this fall that had just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He was distraught, absolutely torn-up over his diagnosis. I met with him a week later after he had time to digest the news, and he begrudgingly listened with open ears to the information and insight I provided. We created a diabetic meal plan for him. Three months later, he’s looking to get off his ONE Biguanide drug. WOW! And his lipids? Astonishing! He’s LDL, triglycerides, and total cholesterol were elevated 3 months ago, and yesterday his labs all fell within reference range. I had to bite.

“So, what was the biggest change you’ve made since we met back in October?”

His response: “Vegetables and exercise.”

There is a God. 😉

*Patient details changed for confidentiality and HIPPA compliance.

The sweet Stef over at More To Life Than Lettuce (what an awesome blog name, by the way!) awarded me the Happy 101 award! Thank you, Stef! ❤ The instructions are to: list 10 things that make me happy, do at least one of them today (I’ll highlight the ones I did!), and pass it along to 10 bloggies. So, here we are…

  1. Lily (probably not all that shocking to “Prevention Regulars”!)
  2. Looking at wedding pictures
  3. King size beds laden with thick, down comforters
  4. A kick-butt run where you feel like you could run forever and ever
  5. Waking up and knowing that you have NOTHING you need to accomplish that day
  6. Cuddling with my husband (cliche, but true!)
  7. Cooking, eat, restaurants, and all things food-related
  8. Helping others reach their health and nutrition goals
  9. Having a clean house (so…one might think it’d BE clean, right? Wrong!)
  10. Complimenting others

I would like to pass the Happy 101 Award on to…

Gina of The Candid RD
Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes
Karla of Foodologie
Georgie of Ask Georgie
Barbara of Barbara Bakes
Amanda of Fake Ginger
Holly of The Balance Broad
Paige of Running Around Normal
Leslie of Leslie Lifting Life
Jessica of How Sweet It Is

I’m trying to spread the love some!! I read a TON of blogs each day (too many, probably!), and I enjoy each and every one!!!

Question: Do you think being an dietitian would be a career path of interest to you? Why or why not?

Who’s watching The Biggest Loser tonight?????

While I am biased, of course, there are a TON of other professions I am really interested in!! 🙂

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A breakfast of champions: turkey meatballs!

Kidding. But I have to fess-up to eating a meatball at 7am this morning!!! Actually 6:56am…

Ew, right? Nooo! I swear, meatballs are typically THE easiest thing for me to zoom by at a cocktail party or array of hors d’oeuvres (I am 99% sure that’s the first time I spelled that French word correctly on my first try…even after 9 years of French classes!). These meatballs, however, are phenom! And…healthy! Spicy, too! Mmmm!

Juuuuicay!!

Sweet ‘n Sassy Meatballs

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp + 1 cup chipotle sauce, divided

1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 Tbsp dried, minced onion

1 tsp dried oregano

3/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 lb lean ground turkey breast

1 lb Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed

1/2 cup reduced-sugar, all-natural apricot preserves

Directions

In a large bowl, combine eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tablespoons chili sauce. Stir in bread crumbs, onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Crumble turkey sausage and ground turkey breast over mixture and mix well (hands may be required!). Shape into 1-inch balls.

Place on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

In a large bowl, combine apricot preserves and remaining chili sauce. Add meatballs and toss gently to coat. Place in a 15-inch x 10-inch x 1 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until glazed, stirring every 3 minutes*.

*I omitted this last step as I transferred my meatballs to a crock pot for buffet serving.

Yield: 4 dozen

Serving size: 1 meatball

Nutrition Information (per serving): 42 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 179 mg sodium, 3 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fiber, 3 grams protein

And another great appetizer recipe which is also very colorful and fun…

Cold Chicken-Cheese Kabobs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp pepper

1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tsp olive oil

5 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cubed

16 cherry tomatoes

Combine salt, pepper, and chili powder; rub into chicken cubes. Transfer to a large bowl and add vinegar. Cover and refridgerate 3-4 hours or overnight.

In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil until no longer pink. Cool slightly. Alternately tread chicken, cheese, and tomatoes onto wooden toothpicks. Serve cold.

Yield: 16 servings

Serving size: 1 skewer

Nutrition information (per serving): 48 calories, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 2 grams carbohydrate, 0 grams fiber, 6 grams protein

With the holidays coming up, these are 2 hors d’oeuvres worth some serious consideration in adding to or changing in your line-up!

Well, I’ve played hookie all morning from work cooking away for this afternoon’s holiday party for our patients. Considering the circumstances, I am opting out of wearing scrubs to work for the second time this week…gasp! I know, right. So, off I go to put effort into myself. Have a wonderful weekend…

…anyone have any exciting weekend plans? Do tell! I’ve got nuttin’!

And if you had to choose TWO favorite TV shows currently in-season, what would they be? (I can’t choose just one, so that’s why I’m asking for 2!)

Modern Family (highly rec!) and 90210 for me!

Yes, I realize this makes me completely lame!

And for all you Biggest Loser fans…this is a must-see!

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Kellogg’s Owns Up to Un-Fit Fiber

Did you know there has been a 1344% increase in whole grain products since 2000? Common claims surrounding grains, such as “made with whole grain”, “good source of whole grain,” and “whole grain guaranteed” resonate strongly with nearly all adults (87%), indicating an increase in purchase interest in response to whole-grain content claims [1]. Interestingly, however, Americans are STILL not meeting the recommended 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day.

Kellogg’s called out cereal companies including General Mills, Quaker, Malt-O-Meal, Post…and themselves in a recent publication they published entitled, “Whole Grain Half Truths.” A recent survey conducted by Kellogg’s revealed that consumers purchase ‘whole-grain’ products in an effort to intake more fiber and increase the healthfulness of the foods they eat. The majority (73%) of consumers felt that purchasing products made with whole-grains translated into purchasing those products providing good sources of fiber [1].

Sadly, consumers are being lead astray with such beliefs. To aid consumers in choosing higher fiber breakfast cereals, Kellogg’s audited a sample of breakfast cereals used between January 2005 and August 2008. The data was drawn from a syndicated database including the major brands aforementioned. What Kellogg’s revealed was unfavorable for most commonly recognized cereal brands, especially General Mills.

0 grams of fiber
General Mills Rice Chex

1 gram of fiber
General Mills Chocolate Chex
General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch
General Mills Cocoa Puffs
General Mills Cookie Crisps
General Mills Corn Chex
General Mills Golden Grahams
General Mills Lucky Charms
General Mills Reese’s Puffs
Kellogg’s Fruit Harvest Strawberry-Blueberry
Kellogg’s Mini-Swirlz Cinnamon
Malt-O-Meal Honey & Oat Blenders Cereal
Malt-O-Meal Mashmallow Mateys

2 grams of fiber
General Mills Frosted Cheerios
General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios
General Mills Oat Clusters Cheerios
General Mills Oat Clusters Cheerios Crunch
General Mills Yogurt Burst Cheerios
Malt-O-Meal Cinnamon Toasters
Malt-O-Meal Honey Nut Scooters
Post Honey Bunches of Oats
Post Honey-Comb
Quaker Life
Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar Cereal

GOOD sources of fiber (3-4 grams)
General Mills Aspire
General Mills Cheerios
General Mills Kix
General Mills Nature Valley Organic
General Mills Total
General Mills Total Honey Clusters
General Mills Total Whole Grain
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Gold
Kellogg’s Low Fat Granola with Raisins
Kellogg’s Low Fat Granola without Raisins
Kellogg’s Mueslix
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch
Kellogg’s Smart Antioxidant
Kellogg’s Wild Animal Crunch
Quaker Natural Granola
Quaker Oatmeal Squares

EXCELLENT sources of fiber (5-11 grams)
General Mills Curves
General Mills Fiber One (Caramel Delight)
General Mills Fiber One Raisin Bran Clusters
General Mills Total Raisin Bran
Kellogg’s All-Bran Yogurt Bites
Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Frosted Bite Size
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Frosted Bite Size Blueberry Muffin
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Frosted Bite Size Strawberry Delight
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Frosted Bite Size Vanilla Creme
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Frosted Maple & Brown Sugar
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Frosted Original (Big Bite)
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Frosted Bite Size Cinnamon Streusel
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Un-Frosted Bite Site
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran
Kraft Vanilla Almond Crunch Cereal
Malt-O-Meal Frosted Mini Wheats
Malt-O-Meal Lightly Sweetened Whole Grain Cereal
Post Grape-Nuts
Post Healthy Classics Grape-Nuts
Post Honey Maid
Post Raisin Bran
Post Shredded Wheat Cereal
Quaker Oatmeal Squares

What Kellogg’s found:
         At the time of the audit, 72 nationally distributed ready-to-eat cereal products included clearly visible whole-grain claims on their packaging
         Of the cereals containing whole-grain health claims, fiber content ranged from 0 to 11 grams per serving
         Of those cereals touting whole-grain ingredients, 32 (roughly half) were found to provide less than a “good” source of fiber (3 grams per serving)
         Approximately 60% of breakfast cereals provided less than 1 gram of fiber

For more information from Kellogg’s, go here.

Also……………..

I heard back from “The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge”. Here was their email in response:

Hi Nicole!
Thank you for your interest in the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge!  Its great to hear from OK!  (I have family in Broken Arrow/Coweta/Tulsa)  We do have a RD, her name is Emily Fonnesbeck and she is registered with the ADA and is certified for Adult Weight Management through the commission of Dietetic Registration.  She has been with us for many years and teaches several lectures throughout the week so guests can learn about portion management, how to understand calories, and proper eating habits.  Her Bio can be found on our web page under the tab About Us, and Wellness Team. 

You can visit our website at www.biggestloserresort.com and under the “Our Program” tab, you can download our brochure for more information about us! Please call or email me and let me know how I can further assist you!


Best,
Matthew Arrington
The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge
Toll Free 888-870-2639
Local 435-673-6600
www.biggestloserresort.com

 

And last, but not least, my diabetic meal pattern for yesterday:

Breakfast:
2 whole wheat waffles (2)
2 Tbsp peanut butter (0)
Banana (2)
     Total: 4 carbs

Lunch:
1 small serving leftover squash/goat cheese fettuccine (3 carbs)
1 cup Waldorf salad (1 carb)
     Total: 4 carbs

Snack:
4 wafer cookies (1 carb)

Dinner:
Tomato basil tortilla (2 carbs)
4 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast (0 carbs)
Lettuce, tomato, and light ranch dressing (0 carbs)
20 oven baked fries (2 carbs)
     Total: 4 carbs

Snack:
5 Triscuits (1 carb)
1 ounce 2% cheese (0 carbs)

Exercise:
90-minute hockey game

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You can be a “Biggest Loser”, too!

Were you one of probable millions sitting on your tushie last night thinking, “If only I had a Bob or Jillian to whip me into shape…”? If so, your dream (or worst nightmare) can come true for a mere $2,000 per week during an extended stay at Utah’s Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge.
At the Biggest Loser Resort, people live a life mimicking that of NBC’s Biggest Loser contestants –- 1,200 calories a day and 8-9 hours a day spent exercising.
Just for $hits and giggles, I called toll-free number for the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge on my lunch hour today. A very pleasant (and clueless) woman answered my call, eager to take down my contact information, how I had heard about the resort, and of course, if I was interested in making a reservation. I cautiously explained my interest in calling…something along the lines of, “I am interested in learning more about the nutrition counseling offered at the resort after reading the available resort services on your website.” After learning that I was 1) a dietitian, and 2) not interested in making a reservation, she put me on hold to find out whether or not their “nutrition professional” was, in fact, a registered dietitian. She returned only to ask that I put my request into writing and the inquiry would be forwarded to the appropriate party.

So, what do YOU think of such a weight-loss experience? It leaves me speechless as to how ANY medical professional would deem it appropriate to have any Biggest Loser participants on a 1,200 calorie diet. Anyways, any OTHER opinions out there? I do think the concept is great, but the execution needs some alterations.

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