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Date:2007-11-21 22:00
Subject:Sharing a free tool that helps to maintain your weight

BMR Calculator
Hello all,

I found this BMR calculator. Basicallly BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is an estimate of how many calories your body needs to maintain its current weight. I have seen many BMR calculators, but the cool thing about this one is that it can be installed in your favourite networking site or blog for free.

You can install if from here: http://www.tlbc.ca/resources-article-details.php?ID=12

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Date:2007-11-17 13:37
Subject:Pan Seared Chicken

I found this chicken with herbs and olives the other day -- healthy and delicious.


The sauce is just amazing!! I used whole wheat angel hair as a starch, but you could do rice too.

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Date:2007-11-06 23:44
Subject:Spam - it's what's for dinner!

There have been two posts in the last two days. They aren't offensive, but they're not about food or dieting. The userids are obvious bots. Can we put up some kind of barrier to stop these random drive-by spammings?

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Date:2007-09-21 20:34

Had a craving for mac-n-cheese (like, REAL mac-n-cheese), but wanted to see if I could do it kinda healthy.

Bought some Ronzoni Smart Taste penne pasta (semolina wheat pasta, but with 3x the fiber as regular pasta, and the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk, boiled and drained it (used 1/2 box), then made this sauce...

1/2 c skim milk
1 tsp butter
1 piece of Laughing Cow Fat Free swiss cheese (1oz)
2 oz of shredded mozarella
3 oz of shredded reduced fat (2%milk) sharp cheddar

Start with just the milk, butter, and Laughing Cow, and heat over low, stirring constantly, until the  sauce gets creamy and the cheese is melted.  Slowly add the shredded cheeses and stir as it melts.  If sauce is too thick, add more milk until it reaches a consistency you like.  Add salt and pepper to taste, then add in the pasta and stir to mix. 


Makes 6 servings (or 4 heaping servings),  and about 180 calories per serving--half as many as the "Reduced Fat Velveeta Shells & Cheese", and WAY more nutritious.

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Date:2007-03-16 20:19
Subject:Southwestern Veggie Burritos

Needed to make something meatless for Lent today...so I invented this!


* Beans, black, 1 cup
* Yellow Sweet Corn, Canned, 1 cup
* *Tomatoes, red, ripe, canned, with green chilies, 1 cup
* red bell pepper, 1/2 cup, chopped
* Zucchini, 1 cup, sliced
* Onions, raw, 1 cup, chopped
* Mushrooms, fresh, 1 cup, pieces or slices
* Butternut Squash, 1 cup, cubes
* *Cumin seed, 1 tbsp
* Chili powder, 2 tbsp
* Paprika, 1 tbsp
* Salt, 1 tsp
* Garlic powder, 1 tsp
* Pepper, red or cayenne, 1 tsp
* Pepper, black, 1 tsp
* Parsley, dried, 1 tbsp
* Flour Tortillas, 8 tortilla (approx 10

Preheat the oven to 400. Mix all the spices together in a small bowl. Place the cubed butternut squash in a separate small bowl. Add a tsp of the olive oil and 2 tsp of the spice mixture to the bowl of squash; toss. Spread the seasoned squash onto a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Heat the rest of the olive oil in a large skillet and add the onions, zucchini, mushrooms, bell pepper, and half of the spice mixture. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the beans, corn, tomatoes and the rest of the spices. Cook thoroughly for another 5 minutes.
Serve warm, spooned into the tortillas, and sprinkle with cheese. Makes 10 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Southwestern Veggie Burritos

Serving Size: 1 serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 280.2
Total Fat 6.7 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.5 g
Cholesterol 1.2 mg
Sodium 742.2 mg
Potassium 432.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 47.0 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 9.8 g
Vitamin A 54.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.5 %
Vitamin B-6 13.3 %
Vitamin C 30.8 %
Vitamin D 1.3 %
Vitamin E 4.7 %
Calcium 8.5 %
Copper 15.3 %
Folate 30.6 %
Iron 21.0 %
Magnesium 13.5 %
Manganese 29.6 %
Niacin 17.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 8.0 %
Phosphorus 17.6 %
Riboflavin 17.0 %
Selenium 22.7 %
Thiamin 27.8 %
Zinc 7.1 %

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Date:2007-03-13 16:13
Subject:Kung Pao Spaghetti Squash

Weight Watchers Points Value: 5
Servings: 3

3 cup cooked spaghetti squash
2 cup packaged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
1 cup bok choy
1 medium scallion, sliced
1/4 bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup kung pao sauce
1/2 pound firm tofu
1/4 cup cilantro
3 Tbsp peanuts


Marinate tofu in kung pao sauce for up to 3 days.

Coat a stir fry pan with cooking spray, and bring to high heat. Add coleslaw mix, scallion, pepper, and bok choy, stir fry until just barely tender.

Add spaghetti squash and cilantro, and stir to combine.

Add tofu and kung pao sauce, stir to combine, and continue to stir fry until heated through.

Top with additional cilantro and 1 tablespoon chopped nuts per serving.

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Date:2006-08-13 19:02
Subject:Are you a calorie counter?

Do you count calories? Do you know any low calorie recipes? Would you like to learn some? Whats the best low cal snack? Join


apologies if community promotion isn't allowed here.

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Date:2006-08-06 09:47
Subject:x-posted to a few comms i joined, sorry.

Age: 23
Height: 5'4"
Current Weight: 229
Starting Weight: 229!
Total Loss: id like to lose 100 lbs eventually
Goal Weight 1: 189lbs
Goal Weight 2: 149lbs
Any Other Comments/Concerns? i have been wearing the plus sizes since i was at least 13. i lost 50 lbs in my first year of college. now its 5 years later and i gained it all back plus 10.

i am doing this because i want more energy and im tired of being fat. i do burlesque and im tired of people constantly bringing up how awesome it is that id dance like that given the fact i am (insert euphemism for fat involving dig at superficial mainstream society). i like making my clothes and buying them online and all (for originality) but it would be nice to walk by something in a store downtown and just be able to wear it. shallow, i know. needing more shallowness? my boyfriend is skinny and im jealous.

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Date:2006-07-03 13:26

Looking for a new fitness program? How about trying the Presidential Fitness Challenge. This challenge comes in three varieties:

1. The Active Lifestyle Program - For those of you who aren't active on a daily basis yet, this is a great way to begin. The rules are basically to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week, for a total of 6 weeks.

2. The Presidential Champions Program - If you're already active and want a new challenge, this program is for you. Your goal is to see how many points you can earn by staying active. Points are based on the amount of energy each activity burns. So the more active you are, the more points you'll get. When you reach 20,000 points, you'll earn a Bronze award. Then you can continue on in the Presidential Champions program for a Silver or Gold award.

3. The Advanced Performance Presidential Champions Program - This is basically the same system as the Presidential Champions Program, except that the award goals are higher. For instance, you need to get 40,000 points to earn a Bronze award.

The Presidential Champions Fitness Program Website (where you can log your progress and also order your awards when you've reached your goal)

Also, if you want, come join the LJ pres_challenge community to chat with others who are challenging themselves with this program.

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Date:2006-05-24 21:33
Subject:Meal makeovers

Hi all,

I have started a new community, meal_makeovers. It's for devising low-cal versions of old favorites. I've been posting in it regularly, and will continue to do so until there's more activity. So add it to your friends list if you'd like to see the recipes! So far, they include 128 calorie meatballs, 176 calorie pasta with clam sauce, and so on.

For an overview of the recipes check out the list of tags.

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Date:2005-12-13 13:27
Subject:Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cheese Soup: 2 points!

I prefer to eat whole, unprocessed foods, but I love cheese, too much... Men call theirs a "beer belly" - I call mine a "cheese belly."

So all that having been said, when I'm trying to lose weight, I will cut "all-natural" corners when it comes to cheese. I don't mind the occasional Velveeta light, or Cheez-its, or whatever, just so I can get my cheese fix.

DBF had bought a variety of cheeses pre-WW, and I had most of the tub of a spreadable Kaukauna pesto-cheddar-asiago thing. So that's the cheese I used in this soup. I think the pesto in it adds a very nice flavor - but there are plenty of possibilities for variations on this soup.

I can see making it with LF cheddar or Velveeta, with Mexican flavors, maybe adding some salsa and beans to it. Or, with Greek flavors, using feta and spinach. This time, it's just cauliflower, broccoli and cheese.

The creaminess comes from pureeing the cauliflower. Now, without further ado or editorializing, on to the recipe.

Jodi's Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cheese Soup
6 cup (not bowl) servings, 2 points each

3 cup Health Valley Fat Free Vegetable Broth (or other brand)
4 cup water
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
3 clove garlic clove(s)
5-6 cup (one medium head) cauliflower, chopped (you can leave it in large pieces if you want, since you'll be pureeing it anyway) (no reason not to use frozen)
2 cup broccoli, finely chopped (I used frozen)
2/3 cup Kaukauna cheddar-asiago (your points may vary if using other cheese)
Salt, pepper, and other 0-point spices to taste

Start with a soup pot coated with cooking spray. Sautee onion, garlic and celery until onion is clear. Add cauliflower, broth and water. (Do not add broccoli). Cook until cauliflower is very soft and begins to fall apart.

Remove soup from heat and puree until very smooth. (I use a hand blender for this, but still be careful, as it's literally boiling hot, and might jump out atcha.)

Add cheese and stir once, just to move the soup on top of the cheese. Allow the soup to sit for about three minutes to melt the cheese. Whisk soup to blend the cheese in. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Add chopped broccoli and return the soup to medium-low heat. Simmer until broccoli is cooked through, 10 - 15 minutes. If you find the soup too thick, add a little more vegetable broth.

Enjoy your cheese fix, knowing that you're getting vegetable servings along with it! :-)

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Date:2005-11-12 15:29

Hi--I just joined this community.

I'm originally from Missouri, but now live in Louisiana, near New Orleans...and the food is soooooo good....but soooo rich down here. I gained almost 20 lbs when I moved here 2 years ago. I'm still trying to shed it.

So, as a gift of greeting, I bring with my most recently acquired healthy recipe:

Chicken barley chiliCollapse )

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Date:2005-11-06 14:42

Hey, I started a new dieting/food journal community, that I was to have more of a personal feel to it. I'd like the members to get to know each other a bit, so they can offer more support, and be more interactive. I don't want the community to be overly large, since that will take away from the personal feel of it, but I do want some more members, to at least make the community.

If you are seriously interested in joining a community that you will be posting in at least once a week, ideally daily so you can food journal, please come and check out until_i_am_me

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Date:2005-09-26 20:46
Subject:jodipaul's Baigan Bhartha (Curried Eggplant)

Boy, has it been a long time since I posted here. Sigh.

Here's my variation on this dish. I had some baby eggplants that needed to be cooked tonight, so this is what I did.

Please note this is a main dish serving. Serves 4 as a side dish, at 2 points each.

Jodi's Curried Eggplant
POINTS® value | 4
Servings | 2

Side Dishes |


1/2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup onion(s)
3 garlic clove(s) (chopped or pressed)
3 cup eggplant(s) (about 1 medium; I used baby eggplants instead)
14 oz canned tomatoes
1 tablespoon Patak's Hot Curry Paste
1/2 tsp ginger root, grated (I used ginger paste)
1/3 cup frozen green peas
3 Tbsp cilantro
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp light sour cream


Saute garlic, ginger and onions in the butter for about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, eggplant, peas, cilantro and curry paste. Simmer about an hour until the eggplant has started to fall apart.

When the eggplant is sufficiently broken down, stir in baking soda to neutralize acid. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

Stir in sour cream and serve. Top with chopped cilantro.

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Date:2005-09-21 08:33
Subject:love of food and constant attempted dieting
Mood: happy

Hi everyone, i just found your site and thought that it sounded just great and am very happy to have found you. I love going out with friends and am constantly watching what I eat (a contradiction, if ever there was one)and the need for ongoing dieting, even though I go to gym and do yoga. My diets don't seem to last, especially if I get a better offer for lunch than the fruit that I've got with me. I don't seem to have a metabolism that works fast, it seems to store it all for a rainy day, and I'm the sort that puts on weight by just walking past the cake shop. Summer is coming and I would like to trim down. help

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Date:2005-08-01 11:46

Hi, everyone, I own a tea house at Wichita Kansas, it's called Chelmsford Tea. I'm a crazy tea lover, so open the tea house is kinda like an excuse for me the collect teas. and you know what? now, I have the widest tea selection in the midwest!!! I'm really pround of myself, when I think about that. :D heehee, well, I recently opened a ebay online store, to sell teas, It's called Darlene's Tea Port, basicly, it's an online store the directly connected to my tea house, which means, any kind tea, you name it, I have it. ^_____^ The reason I open the ebay store is that many of my costumers told me that it would be very nice to be able to just get the teas you want online, and wait for it to arrive at home. XD Heehee

well, I wish you guys would go check it out, and wish you like it, if there s any question that you want to ask, or any tea that you are looking for, but i don't have it in the ebay store, or any suggestion, feel free to leave a command in this entry, and I will do my best. ^______^

sorry, if I spamed the community, i just thought that we all love tea, and you might want to know a good place to get the tea you want easily. I really don't mean to spam or anything.

Thank you for your time ^__^

the store address:


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Date:2005-07-25 19:45

Hey everyone, my name is Rach and I want to lose some weight. I don't really want to go on a diet though. Maybe change my diet a little. What i want to do is trim my waist. Get rid of "love handles" that's all i want to do. I'm happy about the rest of me. Any tips? What's are some steps to follow? I know i may sound stupid but that's what i want to accomplish. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Date:2005-04-27 21:06

Everyone always talks about Atkins and South Beach, but for me it’s kind of hard to find things to eat because I’m a vegetarian. Anyone have any advice?
Thanks in advance :)

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Date:2005-04-21 20:03
Subject:Zaxby's Zalads points?

I ended up getting to eat out twice in one week, whoot! We went to Zaxby's and I had one of their salads (err, "Zalads"), but they didn't have nutritional information available so I could calculate points (I also tried the Zaxby's website and it was no help.) Anybody have any idea what to do?

It included basic salad fixings and:

A small grilled chicken breast, cut into slices (I'm figuring 3 or 4 points for that)
Shredded cheese...I'd estimate 2 or 3 oz. (Figuring 3 points for that)
"light" ranch dressing -- ( I have no idea, so I'm guessing 4 points)
fried onions -- I removed as many of these as I could, but I still probably ended up eating a tablespoon or so (any idea what that would be?)

Ugh. Pretty high on the pointage for a glorified salad. Anyway, I need an idea of how much to count it for -- would 13 or 14 points be reasonable?

Thanks for any help!

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Date:2005-03-07 13:54

Ya'll know any good way to spice up a hard boiled egg? I'm tired of salt and pepper. Thanks in advance!


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