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Dear Hungry Girl,

I am new to your site and glad to be a part of it. I used to follow Weight Watchers, but I lost the recipe for their 0 point veggie soup. Can you help me out?

-Desperately Craving Vegetables
Dear Craving Vegetables,

I know exactly what soup you're talking about. It's actually pretty famous. And you can eat it to your heart's content. That's because everything in it is low cal and low fat. Here's the recipe (which is all over the web!):

Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup

2/3 cup sliced carrots
½ cup diced onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)
1 ½ cup diced green cabbage
½ cup green beans
1 Tbsp. tomato paste
½ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup diced zucchini

In a large saucepan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, saute carrots, onions and garlic over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add broth, cabbage, beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes, or until beans are tender. Lastly, stir in the zucchini and heat for 3-4 minutes. Enjoy!!

Dear Hungry Girl,

I love your site and how it makes it easier to be healthy, but how do I get over the "shame" that I feel around my friends? Every time I order a "non-fat, sugar-free latte" at Starbucks, I feel so silly. My friends always make fun of how picky I am and how I always eat sugar-free stuff or refuse dessert. It makes me self conscious. Should I feel ashamed of being so picky?

-Embarrassed 'bout Eating Habits
Dear Embarrassed,

I can relate to what you're going through. Lots of people who lose weight (or begin to watch what they eat) experience some awkwardness with friends. That being said, I urge you to NOT be ashamed of taking care of yourself. After all, would you feel embarrassed to not smoke in a group of smokers? What we eat affects more than just how we look. It also plays a large part in our overall health. As for your friends, chances are they're a bit envious of your willpower and determination when it comes to eating right. My advice is to keep ordering how you're ordering. Just don't make a big deal about it. If your friends make comments about your "non-fat, sugar-free, skim milk" thingamajig, just give a brief, "I'm trying to eat healthier," and change the subject. If they can't get off the topic, let them know that their comments bother you. If they still won't let up, well, you might want to try seeing these particular friends in non-food related situations. Hang in there!

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