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Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 159: Thursday Nights Are Not For Fasting

Start eating smaller meals through out the day. Include at least a healthy fat, lean protein and a cupful of produce for every meal!

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 156: Do Birthday Week Pounds Count?

it's just salt and bloat....continue to eat right...this will go away.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 140: Can Dried Fruit Be Diet Food?

I would pre portion this out in little you're not over eating on the dried fruit.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 138: The Book Will Not Defeat Me!

ha...@Monsieur_Ghislain that's what I thought, but it's really the flesh colored what thingamig in the background!

My Serious Diet

i know you are busy with course work and all, but i would suggest taking a couple of hours out of your day once a week and make a couple of big meals and portion them out and and freeze them for meals during the week. this way you can easily have your own 'tv dinner' or 'frozen meal' which can be healthy and preservative free. i usually make three different dishes on a sunday, then portion these out for lunches/dinners through out the week. breakfasts i grab a greek yogurt and some grape nuts and mix them up with a little honey. you can also make a batch of egg muffins. also, always keep healthy snacks on hand: almonds, kashi bars, apples, bananas...etc. ive also had such a struggle with this topic, but am doing really well with these tips. i also have many quick and easy recipes on my blog: . i hope this has helped you.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 131: In Need of Helpful Travel Eating Tips

Carry HEALTHY, portable snacks with you:
string cheese
raw nuts
Kashi granola bars

Have a snack before you eat so you do not over eat and will feel full. Also, always carry a water bottle with you.

You can eat a whole box of _______in one sitting!! :-)

You can eat a whole box of _______in one sitting!!

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 117: Getting Back to What Works for Me

sorry, hit post too quick! What i meant to say was YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 117: Getting Back to What Works for Me

Great job, Ed! Use this 3lb weight loss as motivation. YO

Bizarre Foods: Andrew Zimmern Meets His Match in Thailand

I think this is great article if you are on a diet. You'll totally lose your apetite :-p

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 116: A Bite-by-Bite Rundown of My Calorie Intake

Also there are many other things to take into consideration. Have you been exercising this much recently? If all this exercise started happening this week than its also very likely that your muscles have swollen which is why you gained a couple of pounds this week. Also, look at what your eating the carbs in pizza will convert differently than carbs brown rice...this is the whole eating complex carbs vs. simple carbs.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 116: A Bite-by-Bite Rundown of My Calorie Intake

Ed, how tall are you? We know how much you weigh, but how tall are you? we can do a calorie assessment and find out how many calories you should take in to lose atleast 1-2lbs a week.

Work Snacks

1. Try a simple trail mix:
2. Celery with peanutbutter
3. String Chesse or Baby Bel cheese
4. Yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit
5. Make fruit skewers using diced apples, strawberries, melons, etc.

Mmmm...Ricotta Cheese...

oh, these are great suggestions and sound oh so yummy!!!! ive also been throwing a couple of spoonfuls of ricotta in my fruit smoothies for extra richness and thickness! Yum!!

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 112: I Cannot Have One Malted Milk Ball!

Hi Ed,

This sounds like a serious crave issure more than anything. I know you said you restrained yourself twice earlier, but maybe w hen you felt the crave the second time, and bought them you would have eaten less? I always think you cannot get rid of a craving. Instead have what you crave at the moment, but see if you can have a little bit. Worse comes to will either overly indulge, which is what happened anway. So next time, I suggest you have a bit of what you want, if you crave it.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 109: Do I Eat Sensibly?

Hi Ed,

It sounds like you have hit a plateau. Have you tried swimming yet or even lifting weights? This may help you get out of the plateau rut.

Keep up the good work, no weight gain is still a plus!

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 107: The Iowa Diet

awesome!! keep the biting up!!!

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 103: The Good News and the Bad News

The closer you get to your goal weight, the harder it is to lose the weight! Have you tried varying things up with the exercise part? Maybe lifting a few weights? Maybe you need to get on somethign like Weight Watchers, I'm on it and love it. Atleast this way you can track everything you eat and how much of it, along with all your exercise...just a thought.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 102: Can Knees Weigh You Down?

No lose is still good lose :-)...atleast you didn't gain any weight!!


@BananaMonkey: Im sorry, I didnt realize.

@KarynMC: when I'm sick, all I crave is salty food...especially saltines and chicken noodle soup!!


@cassaendra: im craving your cornbread!!!



Amazing how cravings come and go...I hope this spice thing ends soon though. I don't want it to get to the point where I'll get so sick of it that I will not want jalapeno's anymore :-(


The Food Network- Contact Info?

I was very sneaky once and wanted to send an email to bob tuschman, so i tried every combo email address, btuschman..etc. maybe it worked, maybe it didnt :-p i never heard back.

Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

I want to know...what does everyone's perfect Thanksgiving meal consist of? Mine starts off with butternut squash soup, salad and bread, followed by the main course, turkey, stuffing, sides (gratin, string beans, roasted veggies), then followed by a few desserts such as pumpkin pie, apple pie and pumpkin mousse :-)

Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts

Hello Everyone,

So, lately I've been thinking about a career change, but really don't want to spend years in school anymore. I always wanted to go towards Food and Nutrition. I LOVE blogging about healthy food and nutrition but I"d like to do more.
After doing some research online I found the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. Has anyone gone here? Anyone know what the job placement is like? This is a $26,000 program and I wanted to know if anyone has experienced this and what is was like. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thank you so much!!

Kozy Shack: Ready Grains in Maple Brown Sugar

I found this oatmeal/pudding from Kozy Shack and fell in love with it! First of all, it's made mostly from natural ingredients (I'm iffy on the inulin -it's suppose to be a safe fiber additive). Any who, with less than 20 grams of sugars and 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of fat and for only 180 calories this stuff is delish!! I was wondering if anyone had a homemade recipe for this. The ingredients are as follows: low fat milk, water, rolled oats, sugar, inulin, eggs, brown rice, barely, oats, brown sugar, modified corn starch, natural flavors, citric acid, carrageenan. Anyone have a method to this madness? Thank you!!

Mmmm...Ricotta Cheese...

Lately I've taken a big liking to ricotta cheese! I've been eating it for breakfast mixed with nuts and cinnamon, as a snack with celery, etc. I'm sure my affection with ricotta will dwindle off soon as I'm going into ricotta overload, but I want to know what interesting snacks/meals you guys do with ricotta....spill it ppls!


What do you crave...believe it or not, I've been on a jalapeno binge this whole week! I can't help it, I just want spice!!!

HELP: Chocolate Cake challenge (Need Flourless Vegan recipe)

My friends bday is in a couple of days and I want to make her a chocolate cake. However, I have a few challenges.

First off, she is allergic to eggs, secondly, she is allergic to
gluten, thirdly, she is allergic to soy, and fourthly, she is allergic to nuts, so no almond flour or any other type of nut flour can be used.

I found out it is very hard to make a cake with these restrictions, but it's not impossible.

Would you happen to know of a recipe without these ingredients OR a site or anyone you would know that would have some insight on this?

I do know the cake would be very dense...but it's still worth a shot!

Thank you all!!

Cook the Book: Kashmiri Chicken

Anjum Anand is on a crusade to change the way we look at Indian food. Her mission is to familiarize Western cooks with ingredients and techniques as well as lightening up classic dishes to make for a more healthful eating experience. This Kashmiri Chicken from her recently released Anjum's New Indian does both by creating a simple to put together dish that relies on an array of spices and vegetables for flavor instead of fat. More