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  • Seven lessons for successful long-term weight loss Oct 13, 2011 1:53 PM
    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 5:00 PM
    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 19, 2011 10:22 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 12:14 PM
    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 23, 2011 12:55 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 veggies Jul 20, 2011 11:41 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?

  • Tips for cooking favorite summer veggies Jul 5, 2011 2:01 PM
    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 1:30 PM
    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 1:38 PM
    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 3, 2011 11:57 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 24, 2011 12:38 PM
    Boy do I love the Internet. Long after Iíve 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.

  • First, read those yogurt labels Apr 26, 2011 1:09 PM
    Who knew that the marginally popular homemade plain yogurt I grew up with, like the stuff Grandma Mauer made from scratch from whole milk without the aid of a fancy yogurt machine would, decades later, become so wildly successful?

  • Indian-style Yogurt Marinade for Chicken Apr 26, 2011 12:54 PM
    chicken and yogurt

  • Comfort food can be lean Apr 12, 2011 1:45 PM
    A low-fat, lower-calorie cookbook gets my heart beating a little faster when it includes complete nutritional information, teaches me new ways of making my recipes healthier, showcases meals I’d make without requiring unique hard-to-find ingredients, every recipe’s been thoroughly tested and it includes loads of pictures.

  • Don weighs in on the benefits of scales Mar 29, 2011 3:58 PM
    Two of the most important tools I own that helped me lose weight and make sure it stays off: one's a bathroom scale; the other's my kitchen scale. In 1990 when I first lost more than 100 pounds, a once-a-week weigh-in monitored my progress. Up until that time, having been over-weight for years, scales were not my friend.

  • Cut, temperature key to midweek pot roast Mar 16, 2011 12:22 PM
    Throughout a tough winter like we've just had, I spend some of my indoor time considering comfort food. Most of my favorite comfort foods warm my kitchen and take time to prepare, which can be perfect for any chilly weather, even early spring's.

  • Natural salts worth their, uh, salt Mar 1, 2011 1:43 PM
    Salt enhances almost every food it touches, even chocolate-covered caramels topped with a few gray sea salt grains taste better; sweeter. I hear you: "Wait a second Don, isn't salt this year's nutritional bad boy?"

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Meat’s on the menu Feb 15, 2011 7:55 PM
    For this lean guy, meat's a dinner-time mainstay. Turning to chicken makes that meal easy since the USDA's poultry nutritional information could not be more precise: one 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast delivers 129 calories and 2.9 fat grams; well under 30-percent fat calories.

  • Low-fat foodies for chocolate Feb 1, 2011 2:01 PM
    Are you a low-fat foodie who loves chocolate? I sure am. Unfortunately, chocolate returns that love with fat and calories. For example, an ounce of Hershey's milk chocolate delivers 152 calories and 8.4 fat grams.

  • Lean and lovin' it column by Don Mauer: Expounding the benefits of a Mediterranean diet Jan 18, 2011 12:16 PM
    We've all read that forming a food plan around the way Mediterranean folks live can mean healthy eating. But, what goes into a Mediterranean diet? If you say a Mediterranean diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables, you're correct. If you include whole grains, nuts and seeds, again, you'd be right.

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