Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Helping Make a Change

No one chooses to be obese. But you have a C.H.O.I.C.E. to make a difference.

If you haven't already heard about the C.H.O.I.C.E campaign and petition, then I urge you to read more about it here.

The voices of 250,000 can influence the dialogue on the obesity epidemic and help shape policies that can make a real difference in the efforts to reduce the obesity epidemic. The CHOICE campaign has made a $250,000 donation to the cause, now we can help them reach their goal of 250,000 signatures.Sign their petition and help urge Congress to elevate the need to address the obesity epidemic.

Urging Congress to Make a Choice

This year, the C.H.O.I.C.E. Campaign will be working hard to make sure Congress gets our message that in order to effectively overcome the obesity epidemic, we need to focus on both prevention and treatment. We are urging Congress to keep the following in mind when creating obesity-related policies:

  • Focus on both prevention and treatment to address the obesity epidemic and accept all treatment options.
  • More than 70 million American adults are obese, of whom 15 million are severely obese (100 pounds or more overweight).1,2
  • Obesity is a disease that requires medical treatment just like any other disease. Obesity can correlate to life-threatening diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and others.3
  • Obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable death in this country.4
  • Those who are severely obese have often tried diet and exercise programs for years without success and the research proves it – for those 100 pounds or more overweight, diet and exercise alone fail 95% of the time after five years.5
  • Annual costs of overweight and obesity are estimated at $147 billion per year, representing 10% of all U.S. medical expenses.6
  • Medical research has shown that significant weight loss may improve – or even resolve – diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions.7,8
  • Weight-loss surgery, like gastric banding, is safe and proven more effective than diet and exercise alone in people 100 pounds or more overweight and has the potential to be the key to improving the health of the severely obese and reducing obesity-related healthcare costs.5,9
See all sources here.

In order to change the way obesity is viewed and addressed in this country, Congress also needs to encourage Americans and their physicians to talk about obesity and all treatment options that are proven to help all Americans reach their life's potential of good health.

Please read more and sign the petition.

Banded together we can help America's growing obesity epidemic.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Chicken Salad Tacos

Chicken Salad Tacos

1/3 cup mayonnaise or yogurt

2 tsp taco seasoning

1/3 cup fat free sour cream

2 cups cooked chicken

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

1 Tbsp lime juice

Combined everything together and mix well. Chill. Serve on warn tortillas or hard taco shells with lettuce, tomato, onions, olives or shredded cheese.

Chicken Salad (without tortilla) serves 4 at 116 calories and 16 grams protein

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

1/2lb ground turkey

1 can diced tomatoes w/ green chiles

1 onion, chopped

1 can of pinto beans

1/2 pkg dry ranch style dressing mix

1 can black beans

1 small can cream corn

1/2 pkg taco seasoning mix

Brown beef with onion. Add seasoning mixes and water. Then tomatoes, corn and beans. Simmer for 20 minutes

Makes 6 generous servings at 295 calories, 9 grams fat, and 15 grams protein.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Holy Guacamole


1 avocado
1/2 lime
salt to taste

Mash and mix well.

Serves 4 at 73 calories and 1 gram of protein.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Broiled Eggplant Parmesan

Looks good, huh? It tastes even better.
Original Recipe found in All You Magazine May Edition

Broiled Eggplant Parmesan

1 15oz can diced Italian tomatoes
2 medium eggplants
salt and pepper
6 oz part-skim mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/3 cup Italian- seasoned bread crumbs

Preheat broiler to high; place a rack about 8 inches from heat source. Line a baking sheet with foil and mist with cooking spray. Drain tomatoes and puree in a blender or food processor. Set aside.
Slice eggplant into 1/3 inch thick slices. Mist both sides of eggplant slices with cooking spray and sprinkle salt and pepper. Broil eggplant until golden brown, turning once, 10- 12 minutes total.
Remove baking sheet from oven. Spoon on some tomato puree, sprinkle with both cheeses, and top with bread crumbs. Place back into oven and broil until cheese is melted and bread crumbs are toasted, 1- 2 minutes. Serve immediately

266 calories, 11 g. fat and 18 g. protein

Note: This makes a ton. Two eggplants is a lot. I split the recipe except for the can of tomatoes. Plus, the skins of the egg plant were a little hard to eat. Next time, I think I might peel the skin off before cooking.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Prosciutto/Muenster Quesadilla

This made a pretty tasty lunch today!
Sorry, no picture.

Prosciutto/Muenster Quesadilla
1/3 cup diced Prosciutto
1 slice Muenster Cheese
1 tortilla

240 calories & 13 grams protein


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