Get In My Belly

How does a junk food junkie and kitchen obsessed wife and mother of 2 young kids diet?

I don't know either. So I'm pretty open to suggestions.

After my first baby, I tried a few things and wasn't serious about the weight loss until I saw pics of myself at his first birthday. It wasn't pretty. So with the help of my mother, I went on Nutrisystem for 4 months and lost about 40lbs. It was AMAZING and I felt great. It was the only prepared food plan that offered a system for Vegetarians. However, it wasn't cheap and I want to find another way to do it this time.

As I approach the 1st birthday of my youngest, I'm feeling pretty dumpy again. In addition to that, I've been having some pretty frequent PVC's (Premature Ventricular Contractions). I used to get them once, maybe twice a year and they have been coming several times a week now for the past month or 2.

Anyone have any healthy cooking website suggestions for me? Or any other wisdom?


  1. I love the recipes on this site,
    they are weight watchers recipes but gina takes really yummy food and converts in into ww recipes.


  2. I love the Hungry Girl series of cookbooks. She uses more artificial sweetners than I care for, but they are easily replaced with natural options and are still pretty low calorie.

  3. My situation's obviously not the same as yours since you're talking baby weight and you're juggling kids here but I'll offer my two cents based on my experience of losing 80 pounds a few years back. Definitely check out Cooking Light's website and maybe consider subscribing to the magazine. Not only are their recipes light (duh) but they also focus on using what's in season, which inspires me to try different fruits and veggies. They also have some recipes for lighter desserts that'll still kill that sweet craving, although some of those are hit or miss quality-wise. I'm not doing such a good job of dieting right now, but when I was losing weight I didn't deny myself the sweets. I just cut wayyy back, so my post-lunch dessert would be a few Hershey's Kisses and I'd treat myself to one big dessert every Sunday. I'll assume you've also heard about that icky thing called exercise. Lately I've been into Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, which has really kicked my butt (and the rest of me) into shape. Plus they're short so my whole evening's not shot by the time I finish. Good luck with whatever you try! You can do it!

  4. "Weighing in late" (pun definitely intended) and I guess I'll go the completely opposite way. I stopped dieting a few years ago and my weight has stabilized and been easier to maintain than it ever was in the years before. I don't eat fake anymore. Don't do "light", don't do "artificial". I use real butter, real fat, etc. I've spent the past few years really learning about food and decided, at least for me, that "real" food is better. No, I don't grind my own wheat (yet), but I do make my own bread. As for portions, I try to eat what my daughter would have eaten in kindergarten or first grade, but I eat the food I want, not diet food. The way I figure it, food is social, food is fun, I just needed to improve our relationship, not break up. Exercise? I'm getting ready to do another round of Jillian's 30-day shred...best kick your ass 30 minutes I've ever found and I don't want to devote hours and hours to my body.

    P.S. Cut yourself some slack. Making babies is hard work and they'll only be little for a little while. I say this from the perspective of a woman who will be 47 next month and has had 3 children...the oldest is 19 and the youngest is 11.


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