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  • “Unjunk Your Junk Food” by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer

    What you need to ‘Unjunk Your Junk Food' Feb 15, 2012 12:00 AM
    Do you think your favorite junk food can be un-junked? Authors Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer, founders of, believe it can be done and they've written “Unjunk Your Junk Food” to prove it.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Don Mauer maps diet menu traps for Valentine’s Day dinner Feb 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    With Valentine’s Day coming up you may be considering heading out for a romantic dinner with your sweetie. Don Mauer explains how you can skirt major dangers that can quickly send you down a path you’ve been carefully avoiding this year and end Valentine’s Day with a smile and your scale’s numbers right where you want them.

  • The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook

    Weight-loss cookbook for carb lovers Jan 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    Last summer I wrote about Health magazine's newest book, “The CarbLovers Diet.” “A carb packed food plan to lose weight?” I wrote. “You've got to be kidding.” My skepticism melted away when I learned about resistant starch (a unique carbohydrate and the key to the diet's success) and how it helps satisfy your appetite and keep it satisfied. That book topped The New York Times best-seller list for two months.

  • Follow Don's tip for successful weight loss Jan 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    Studies show that the faster you lose it, the more likely you are to gain it back. Check in with some of TV's “Biggest Losers” after a year and you'll learn the reality of fast weight loss: speedy weight gain. If you want don't want to fall into weight-loss, weight-gain cycle, follow Don Mauer's seven tips gleaned from his two decades of weight loss and maintenance.

  • Continuing grandmother's tradition of home-baked gifts Dec 22, 2011 12:00 AM
    Holidays, food and families have been woven together, like braids on a challah loaf or strands of colored beads on a Christmas tree, since time now forgotten and continues to be true for me. When I was a kid, the parade of holidays always stepped-off with Thanksgiving and since my folks couldn't decide whether we should be with Mom's family or dad's folks we settled on being with both. This didn't happen just once, but for many years. If you ever wondered how I got to be more than 300 pounds, knowing just that bit of holiday history should be enlightening.

  • Don Mauer shares ideas for holiday gift giving Dec 7, 2011 12:00 AM
    Strolling through a store’s cookware department presents so many choices that finding a gift for your favorite cook isn’t so simple. There are plenty of expensive kitchen gadgets (panini presses come to mind), but how much a gift costs and how fancy it is doesn’t mean it’ll get much past its first “Wow” before turning into a dust-collector. So this year, let’s focus on kitchen tools or ingredients less than $25. Each item listed is a favored go-to tool or ingredient that passed my “what did I ever do without this?” test.

  • A glass bowl containing cranberry sauce, traditionally served with turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Trimming the fat from the Tday trimmings Nov 21, 2011 12:00 AM
    The “T” in my Thanksgiving stands for turkey. Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without a golden, roasted bird on the table. No Tofurkey (turkey roll made from soybeans) on my dinner table. More often than not that turkey, whether a whole bird or just the breast, has been brined. I still believe brining — submerging it overnight in a solution of water or beer or wine, salt, sugar and seasonings — results in the tastiest, most tender and moistest turkey you'll ever eat.

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    Consider celeriac for fall flavor Nov 9, 2011 12:00 AM
    There's one fall vegetable in your supermarket's produce section that's definitely been hit by the ugly stick: celery root, also called celeriac (seh-LER-ee-ak). For years I scooted-by that gnarly, green-spiked, scraggly-rooted vegetable not really knowing for what it was good or how to prepare one.

  • A bit of lemon-spiked glaze perks up lean pumpkin raisin cookies.

    Try pumpkin cookies for a Halloween treatOct 25, 2011 12:00 AM
    Since I'm a lousy pumpkin carver, I started considering all the delicious ways pumpkin can be prepared and eaten: pie, soup, ice cream, turned into cheesecake, cookies, cupcakes and even mousse. After sampling many of those variations, pumpkin cookies stood out as the least successful, thanks to their frequent flat flavor notes and cake-like texture.

  • mauerdon_2sl051007bc Photo0607166 Cook Photo by Bob Chwedyk ///Food columnist Don Mauer.

    Seven lessons for successful long-term weight loss Oct 12, 2011 12:00 AM
    In 1992, when my first column appeared, I didn't project this far into the future; but here it is over 800 columns later. Times have changed. In 1992 I believed that I could lose weight and keep it off, just by keeping fats in my food plan to a minimum. Since it was fat free, sugar seemed to be a non-issue. Today I know better. Here are some other lessons I've learned over the years.

  • Decoding poultry labels Sep 28, 2011 12:00 AM
    Ever wonder what a chicken package label that reads “No Retained Water” means? Been befuddled by trying to figure out the difference between “No Antibiotics Added” and “Raised Without Antibiotics”? Confused by a poultry label that reads: “All Natural — Minimally Processed”? Labels like those confuse me too, so I decided to do some research at the food labeling source the: US Department of Agriculture.

  • Learn what’s what in added sugar Sep 15, 2011 12:00 AM
    Want to avoid foods with a lot of added sugar? Finding added sugar isn't always as easy as looking for "sugar" on the product's food label.

  • Reader recipe makeover: Banana bread Aug 31, 2011 12:00 AM
    Mary Holda of Elk Grove Village proposed challenge I couldn’t walk away from: remake her family’s favorite streusel-topped banana bread. “We love it, but I wondered if I could cut some fat (butter or sugar),” Mary wrote in an email. I put on my leanwizard’s cap and headed to the kitchen to see what magic I could conjure up for Mary.

  • Worst fast food meals pack a wallop of fat, sugar and salt Aug 19, 2011 12:00 AM
    What’s the worst restaurant meal in America? According to Eat This, Not That’s website, a Carl’s Jr. Six Dollar Guacamole Bacon Burger with Medium Natural Cut Fries and a 32-ounce cola.

  • When to go organic for fruits and veggiesJul 20, 2011 12:00 AM
    Buying organic fruits and vegetables to avoid or eliminate pesticide residues can put a crimp in any food budget. But is it truly necessary to buy organic to get clean produce?

  • mauerdon_3sl051007bc Photo0607166 Cook Photo by Bob Chwedyk ///Food columnist Don Mauer.

    Tips for cooking favorite summer veggies Jul 5, 2011 12:00 AM
    What vegetable shouts summer? Corn tops my list. I can’t wait until Illinois corn shows up at local markets. I may not like the corn bits that stick between my teeth as I bite into a juicy ear, but it’s always worth it.

  • Weighty journey to celebrate Jun 21, 2011 12:00 AM
    This month I celebrate the four-year anniversary for maintaining my 150-pound weight loss; a journey that began back in 2005. Losing the weight took me 20 months and although that took diligent perseverance, my weight loss turned out to be easier than keeping it off.

  • Avocados part of healthy eating plan Jun 7, 2011 12:00 AM
    If I were the first person to see a ripe avocado, I would have passed it by. I just can’t imagine how an avocado, with its muddy-brown, alligator-like skin, enticed that first person to pluck it from a tree and take a bite. That person must have been starving or one card short of a deck. Avocados just don’t look that appealing.


    Diet soda conundrum Jun 2, 2011 12:00 AM
    Earlier this year I saw articles about a possible connection between diet soda and weight issues. Seriously? How could no-calorie, artificially sweetened soft drinks possibly make me fat?

  • Web of online healthy cooking sites May 10, 2011 12:00 AM
    Boy do I love the Internet. Long after I’ve recycled my favorite magazines, the content lives on online, giving me 24/7 access to information that can help me eat well and stay on my weight-management plan with the click of a mouse.

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