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Hungry Girl Today: 1.6.10


Dear Hungry Girl,

Seems like people always make New Year's resolutions to eat smarter and
lose weight, but then they give up within a week or so. Why does this
happen, and how can I avoid having that happen to me?

Nervous in Nantucket

Dear Nervous,

Happy 2010! Great question. So many people say they're going to start
eating better in January, and then two weeks later, they're back to their old
habits. I have a theory about why this happens: I think it's about setting
unrealistic goals. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are my TOP ATE
tips for successful eating in 2010...

1. Don't go "on a diet." While diet plans can be helpful, if you think of
yourself as being "on a diet," everything can become too black and white. If
you're "on a diet" and suddenly you have a little setback, you may decide
you're "off your diet" and go back to your old ways. Think of your new eating
plan as more of a lifestyle change -- one that will have ups and downs, with
good days and bad.

2. Don't deprive yourself. A food plan shouldn't be about deprivation. It
should be about SATISFACTION. Find foods you LOVE -- things that satisfy
you but are better choices than the fat-packed alternatives. This is KEY.

3. Drink lots of water. Water is good for you. It's good for your skin and your
metabolism. And it helps fill you up. Plus, not getting enough water can make
you cranky and more likely to make bad food choices.

4. Listen to your body. It knows things. If eating cereal for breakfast tends to
make you hungrier throughout the day, then don't eat cereal in the morning.
Pay close attention to your body cues. This will help tremendously.

5. Live one day (or even one MEAL) at a time. Don't be discouraged and beat
yourself up if you fall off the wagon and eat badly -- just be aware and make
better decisions at your next meal.

6. Get exercise with activities you enjoy. I used to HATE exercising. I feared
it. Now I exercise but only do what I like (which happens to be walking on a
treadmill five times a week, while watching reality TV, and weight training
twice a week with a friend). Find something you actually enjoy doing, and
you'll do it. Don't take on an exercise routine that causes pain or discomfort -
- you'll just end up ditching it completely. (And I know this isn't an EATING
tip, but it's important!)

7. Let yourself cheat a little. Everyone strays once in a while. It's totally
normal. Splurge when you need to, and enjoy it. (Don't feel guilty!) Then get
RIGHT back on track to prove to yourself that you can handle a cheat meal
now and then.

8. Keep track of what you eat. Write it down. As dorky as it sounds, you
WILL 100% without a doubt make better choices if you hold yourself
accountable for what you eat by keeping a food journal. Just do it -- even if
you only write in it every OTHER day.

Good luck, and have a GREAT year!


I had a recipe of yours for Buffalo chicken dip and I can't find it. I tried
searching the site and everything. Where is it?! Thank you so much!

Dying for Dip

Dear Dying for Dip,

Worry not! I know the dip you're looking for. It's called Buff Chick Hot Wing
Dip. And it is AWE-SOME. The secret ingredient is Frank's RedHot sauce.
(Okay, maybe not-so-secret, since the recipe's based on one by the sauce
company itself.) That dip is creamy, hot, chicken-packed, and all-around
delicious. By the way, don't feel bad about not being able to find it by
searching the HG site. Honestly, it can be REALLY hard to find things using
our search bar. Sometimes (and I CANNOT believe I am admitting this), it's
just easier to go to Google and search "Hungry Girl" and whatever it is you're
looking for. (Click here to see what I mean.) Hope you find this info helpful.
And enjoy the dip!

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Today, January 6th, is National Shortbread Day. Bread's good. Cake's better.
Try our Super-Duper Strawberry Shortcake. Happy, happy!

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