chocolate-pieceOver the years it has been helpful to remember certain tips to help me stay on track with my weight. Over 32 years ago, I lost 30 lbs. and became a Lifetime Weight Watchers member. I would go back to meetings every few years if I gained 5-7 lbs. to stay within my healthy range. I tried to take away at least one tip from each meeting. Most of these are simple and easy to implement such as to drink more water and move (exercise) more. 30 years ago, if you wanted to eat something that was not “on plan”, it meant you were cheating. A number of years ago, WW changed their food plans to include one that did not count calories or WW points. It was a plan that I could stick to for life. Unlimited vegetables, reasonable amounts of lean protein, low-fat dairy, MUFA fats, fresh fruit and small amounts of complex carbs like brown rice and sweet potatoes. My favorite “take away” was to make sure your special treat was a “10” on your scale of 1-10. If I was to eat French fries, they must be hot and delicious, not cold or soggy. Peach pie?  Warm and homemade with lots of fresh peaches. With all the exercise and food choices today, it’s fun to workout and can be truly delicious eating! Start by making something homemade and get away from all the packaged foods loaded with ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Summer is here! My favorite inexpensive dessert is homemade dark chocolate:
  1. Liquify ¾ cup organic coconut oil
  2. Add ¾ cup organic dark cocoa powder
  3. Whisk together in a glass measuring cup
  4. Add a few drops of stevia to taste
  5. Line a tray with foil. Spread raw walnuts, almonds or pecans on the tray
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture over the nuts
  7. Freeze on a level surface for about 15 minutes then break up into pieces

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