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How can I compete with happiness and rainbows?

My youngest child, 15-year-old Connor, spent an evening at a friend’s house this week, working on a project for school. The following conversation happened in the car after I picked him up:

Me: “Did you have dinner?”

Connor: “Yeah, Oreos.”

Me: “Ewwwww, do you know what’s in the cream filling???”

Connor: “Happiness and rainbows?”


Even my own child.

Hopefully you didn’t resort to having Oreos for dinner this week, but you may not be eating as many servings of vegetables every day as you’d like. If you’re not, check out “Have a very veggie life” which is all about how to re-orient your plate to be more veggie-centric.

The biggest news of the week is the first in the Eat Like It Matters weight loss program series. This week I introduced The Transformation Phase, which is geared towards those who have 30+ pounds to lose. Even if that’s not you, it’s worth familiarizing yourself with the concepts because when we get to the subsequent phases you’ll see that there’s an assumption that you’ve mastered all of the skills in The Transformation Phase. Plus, they’re great healthy living skills for all of us to work on!

The Gear Up Phase is next up, for those who want to lose 10-30 lbs., so stay tuned for that!

Have a happy, healthy week (and stay away from the Oreos…)!

– Marilyn

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“Help! My family’s trying to sabotage my success!”

A while ago I was on a panel of “patient success stories” at the clinic where I had my Lab-Band surgery. We were each asked to describe how our families reacted to our decision to lose weight. Read more…


Eat Like It Matters: The Transformation Phase

You may have heard my podcast recently in which I told the story about being on the treadmill – where much good thinking happens – when I realized that my own weight loss journey evolved through three distinct phases. Read more…


Have a very veggie life

There is absolutely no one-size-fits-all in the world of weight loss. What works for your BFF may not work for you. But the beauty of it is human beings are endlessly creative when it comes to problem solving. Read more…

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