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Hungry Girl Today: 11.18.09


Hello, Hungry Girl!

I read about you on the front page of AOL, and I found it extremely funny
that I was eating a Hungry-Man dinner at the time. My question is this: Is
Hungry Girl only for women? I'm a guy...

Hungry Boy

Dear Hungry Boy,

A lot of people ask me this question, and they ask if I would consider starting
a service for guys specifically. Here's the deal -- HG is NOT just for females.
Yes, the daily emails, website, cookbooks, etc., are a little girly and pastel-
hued -- I'm not going to deny this. But the writing, recipes, product finds, and
all of the other HG info is NOT geared toward women only. There's nothing
gender-specific about a FANTASTIC lasagna recipe or the best foods for
sandwich assembly. I try to keep the tone fun, clever, upbeat, and relatable
to all humans, regardless of gender. So, if you're a guy and you read HG, a.)
CONGRATS, and b.) Do NOT think you are weird and reading something that
is only for females. As for starting a service specifically for men -- that's just
not practical and it's not gonna happen. (Sorry!) So guys, get over your fear
of pinks, purples, and shades of aqua, and enjoy HG along with your female
friends, co-workers, and relatives. As the first HG book says, "It takes a real
man to be a hungry girl."

Dear Hungry Girl,

I am going to Maui for ten days and am beyond excited but simultaneously
scared to death that I will blow my diet. What can I eat there to avoid
packing on the pounds? Feel free to go there to do some research. Thanks!

Maui Munchies

Dear Maui Munchies,

People tend to approach vacations in one of three different ways when it
comes to eating. There's the "I'll eat everything that isn't nailed down
because I'm on vacation" vacationer, there's the "I might bend the rules a
little bit but I'll still try to eat the right things" vacationer, and there's the
super-rigid "I'm sticking to my strict diet and won't stray AT ALL" vacationer.
To me, the first and third approaches are too extreme. Don't use the
vacation as an excuse to shovel everything in your face -- unless you're
totally prepared to deal with the inevitable post-trip weight-gain. And don't be
so restrictive that you can't enjoy your trip either. I say, aim for a nice
balance. As for Maui and island vacations in general, I find those are the
EASIEST as far as guilt-free eating is concerned. There's always fresh food
around -- fruit (the pineapple in Hawaii is so good!), TONS of fish, salads,
veggies, etc. The key here is to stick with those light-but-satisfying foods,
and try not to go TOO crazy with pina coladas, coconut cream pie, and
creamy dishes. Remember, it's about balance. If you make good choices at
breakfast and lunch, treat yourself to a fancy frozen cocktail or a little
dessert at dinner. Another reason island-y vacations are great in terms of
eating? Spending a lot of time in a bathing suit or warm-weather clothes can
inspire you to eat lighter -- I know when I have to wear less, I stay away
from heavy foods so I'll feel comfortable in my clothing. For TONS more tips
& tricks for your vacation, check out the Travel section of the Hungry Girl
audio book. (Maybe listen to it on the plane!) Oh, one other thing: The more
active you are, the more wiggle room you have with your diet. Dancing at a
luau and walking on the beach totally count as exercise! Have a FANTASTIC
trip. Wish I were going with you! (Any Hawaiian HG fans out there? Should I
add HI to the next book tour?)

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HG on Rachael Ray Today! Catch Lisa (a.k.a. Hungry Girl) whipping up
holiday swaps on the set of Rachael Ray TODAY (Wednesday, 11/18). Check
your local listings and tune in or set your DVR. Woohoo!

Today, November 18th, is National Vichyssoise Day. Julia Child has a very
famous recipe for the cold leek 'n potato soup... and we don't mess with
Julia. (Click here for her recipe.)

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