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healthy moms BY CAROLYN DAVIS COCKEY, MLS


Drop 5 Pounds (


CHEF MELISSA D’ARABIAN SERVES UP THE SECRETS TO SUCCESS WITH FOOD AND WEIGHT LOSS


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If it seems you’re watching Melissa D’Arabian every time you fl ip through your fav foodie channels, you’re right. From helping us lose 5 pounds to persuading picky eaters to broaden their palates, this super chef is always dishing up practical advice designed to solve our mealtime and parenting problems.


When we caught up with Melissa, she had just wrapped up Drop 5 Pounds with Good Housekeeping on the Cooking Channel and was launching her Picky Eaters Project on the Food Network. As expected, she’s serving up nuggets of wisdom that can transform our lives through small changes and simple strategies.


What woman doesn’t want to drop 5 pounds? We all feel like we can or should—what’s the secret to your success?


Drop 5 Pounds is quintessential Good Housekeeping—an icon of good quality and standing. It’s really taking that topic—losing weight, which is fraught with emotion and feelings—and turning our actions into examples of loving ourselves and treating ourselves to the quality lives we deserve.


It’s understanding that it’s the small changes


that we make in our lives—not the big steps we occasionally take—that shape who we are and that really make a diff erence in the longer term. It’s inspiring people to see the positive, loving side of eating healthfully, not the depravation of “I can’t eat this or that,” which isn’t sustainable. It’s using tools to support real weight loss.


What kinds of changes and tools?


One of the things that I do is never let myself get too hungry; I’m a smart snacker. Often, we think when we’re losing weight that we shouldn’t snack—but the opposite is true! You’re not doing yourself a favor by showing up for your meals starving. So, I always carry raw almonds with me because I know that a little bit of high-quality fat plus protein will stick with me.


Carry a 100-calorie snack with you, and be


smart with your 100 calories. You could have 100 calories of candy, but a snack like almonds is good


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nutrition that’s fi lling. Another tip: I always try to have raw fruit or veggies with every meal. It’s making the loving choice for me. If I’m


going to treat myself to a little bit of something— like when it’s my daughter’s birthday and we’re doing cupcakes—I’m not comfortable saying to my daughter, “I’m sorry I can’t have a cupcake on your birthday.” T at’s not how I want to live my life. I’m comfortable with having a cupcake, and that’s the more loving choice. But if I have 7 cupcakes, I have to ask, “How loving is that for myself?” One last tip: When you’re traveling, bring whole


fruit. I throw a couple of mandarin oranges in my carry-on so when they’re serving food on the plane I can just say, “No thanks.” I also like to bring my own herbal tea; I feel like it puts me in a better space when I love myself this way.


Your viewers really connect with you; whether it’s $10 Dinners, Drop 5 Pounds or Picky Eaters, you really put yourself, your life and your family right out there for us to meet and interact with.


I love the parts of my shows where we bring in expertise but I also add real life experience. I’ve struggled with my weight since I was 15 years old, which was my age when I fi rst ever went on Weight Watchers. I’m not one of those women who can say, “I breastfed and the weight just fell away.” I breastfed 4 kids, and while I may have gotten the fi rst 10 pounds that way, everything else was good old- fashioned hard work.


Eating the right kinds of healthy fats, like those found in salmon, can help you lose weight. Truly a superfood!


In certain instances, it is beneficial to eat raw vegetables. This is because cooking can destroy essential nutrients such as vitamin C.


Become a smart snacker. Almonds not only deliver a host of nutrients, but they will also provide you with energy and keep your appetite fueled until your next meal.


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