Stop Dieting!

Use this commonsense approach to weight loss and eat delicious foods without painfully counting calories and measuring food portions.


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How many times have you just wanted to lose weight and not follow a restrictive diet? Most of us can say a loud YES!

Instead of being a slave to the numbers on the scale, you can learn to focus on what matters -- you and living your life! The Smart Diet offers recipes and ideas to help you make peace with food, yourself, and your weight.

Better Breakfasts

Italian Baked Eggs Individual crustless quiches -- with zucchini, garlic, basil, and mozzarella -- give a weekend brunch panache.

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Lemon Breakfast Parfaits Serve these lively, layered parfaits of fruits and couscous for a smart start in the morning.

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Wise Entrees

Asian Primavera Stir-fry fettuccine, ginger, and sugar snap peas come together for a satisfying meal that delivers on taste and nutrition.

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Ratatouille Over Polenta Purchased polenta complements this entree. Look for it in the produce section of your supermarket or with the refrigerated tortillas.

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No-Guilt Desserts

Lemon-Phyllo Fruit Tart Combine a light lemon filling with a crisp phyllo dough crust for an ethereal dessert.

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Raspberry Custard Brulee Layers of raspberries and custard topped with lacy caramelized sugar form this elegant yet easy-to-make dessert.

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Principles:

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1. Focus on your total health and well-being, including mind, body, and spirit, instead of focusing on weight loss or striving to reach an unrealistic weight.

2. Respect and accept the diversity of the physical attributes of your own body as well as the bodies of others.

3. Develop a true awareness of the pleasures of eating -- rely on internal hunger cues.

4. Enjoy a variety of foods rather than relying on limiting diets or strict meal plans.

5. Celebrate the joy of physical activity. Include a wide array of activities, rather than follow rigid routines or regimented exercises.

6. Honor and love yourself fully and authentically.

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Get acquainted with your internal caretaker, the inner part of you that nurtures you, loves you unconditionally, and always treats you with kindness and respect. Listen carefully. Your internal caretaker gently coaxes you to eat when you're hungry and to stop when you're satisfied.

Respond to your small needs, such as putting on hand lotion when your hands feel dry, getting a drink of water when you're thirsty, or taking a moment for time alone, rather than waiting until you finish one more task.

A Dozen Little Luxuries for Self-Care

  • Buy yourself a luxurious new robe.
  • Read a novel or one of your favorite magazines.
  • Meditate or take a meditation class.
  • Paint your toenails or give yourself a foot massage.
  • Buy a new cookbook and treat yourself to a gourmet meal. (Yes, it's OK!)
  • Take a nap in the middle of the day.
  • Take the afternoon off and rent a favorite movie.
  • Slip out of the office for a manicure.
  • Treat yourself to some exquisite new undergarments.
  • Meet a dear friend for cappuccino.
  • Play with a child or a pet.
  • Sit and do nothing.
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