Summer’s bounty: Ratatouille

Squash, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, onions, basil. These delicious things come together in a fantastic medley of summertime joy called ratatouille. Typically a provincial French dish, it’s simple. Peasant food. Abundant and inexpensive and extremely versatile.


Photo from Bon Appetit

Make a batch and enjoy it on its own (or with some crusty bread or whole wheat pasta). Then save the rest and stir it into your eggs in the morning, add it to a pizza, reheat it, whatever you want! I’ve even enjoyed it cold, combined with cottage cheese! The flavors only get lovelier as they combine over the week. Continue reading


When comfort food doesn’t comfort: A double whammy

What to do when comfort food.... doesn't? From

What to do when comfort food…. doesn’t? From

I was reading the National Public Radio food and nutrition site, The Salt, and came across this interesting bit of information: When we’re feeling strong emotions, we may lose our ability to sense/experience the fat in food. To me, that says we’re even more likely, when participating in emotional eating, to keep eating. Why? Well, if you’re eating for the creamy mouthfeel of fat (butter, cream, etc.), and you don’t get that payoff, you’re going to keep right on going until you get your reward. Right? And there’s the bottom of the container, and the bad feelings made worse. Talk about insult to injury! Continue reading

A season for everything

Last week, we talked about powering up our meals with Power Foods, which, of course, include fruits and veggies.

Austin's bounty in June, a sample of the offerings from Johnson's Backyard Organic Garden

Austin’s bounty in June, a sample of the offerings from Johnson’s Backyard Organic Garden

One of the great things about summer is the wide availability of delicious, hyper-fresh, direct-from-the-farm produce. The tangy-sweet of peaches, pleasant bite of jewel-colored radishes, warm meatiness of tomatoes (perhaps with the spicy-green of basil), and snappy freshness of green beans punctuate summers’ adventures in Austin. Continue reading

Special Announcement: Opera Bites!


As many of you know, aside from leading Weight Watchers meetings, I’m also an opera singer. I’ve been asked to keep people abreast of my performances, so I wanted to let you know that, if you have no hard and fast supper plans on the evening of Monday, April 29, you may want to grab at bite at Central Market’s North Lamar location and enjoy the Texas Community Music Festival. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy serenades from Candace Bellamy (5:30-6:30), the Austin Mandolin Orchestra (6:45-7:45), and One Ounce Opera (8:00-9:00). I’ll be singing several chorus pieces, the Vengeance Duet from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and two songs by Roussel for soprano and flute.

If you come out, please say hello afterward!

Interested about finding out more about performances? Please let me know in the comments!

Leader’s Thoughts: Wear an Activity Monitor All Day, Every Day

So, you’re wearing your activity monitor, you’re doing more than you ever thought you could, you’re tracking like a champ, and yet the number on the Evil Box is not moving as much as you think it should. Oh, baby, have I ever been there, done that! And, you know, you and I are not the only ones.

Yes, this is the same person. At the same weight. Can you see a difference? Do you think the number is the only indicator of her progress? I didn’t think so. Continue reading

Fun Stuff: WEST Austin Studio Tour

by Roy Moore/Control Images

“Love Explosion” by Roy Moore/Control Images

Hello, all! I wanted to give a little promotion to a citywide event taking place: the WEST Austin Studio Tour. You may be familiar with EAST, the East Austin Studio Tour, which takes place over two weekends in November. Last year, Big Medium, the organization responsible for the hugely successful EAST event, started a springtime counterpart for the artists who happen to live on the west side of I-35. In its second year, the tour takes place over two weekends, as well, April 27 and 28, as well as May 5 and 6.

I am beyond proud to share that my partner, Roy, is an exhibitor! I’d love for you to stop by #22 on the tour and take a look at his photography. I also want to let you know that, possibly unsurprisingly, the treats we have for visitors are extremely PPV friendly. One advantage to having a WW leader as a supporter…

Food for thought: Get some activity PPVs in as you take in the local talent: bike around the neighborhood looking at the open studios. It’s a tradition for hundreds of art lovers! You can also drive, park in the middle of a section of studios, and walk.

Have you been to EAST or WEST before? What did you think? Leave a comment!

What Is an Activity Monitor?

I’ve been hearing questions about what an activity monitor is, and whether this month’s routine is just an excuse to sell stuff. I get that, I really do. We’re talking about the ActiveLink and the pedometer that we have available in meetings, and there are big, full-color pictures of those items in our Weeklies.

Yes, those are available, and, yes, they’re great tools specifically designed for our members. But anything you use that measures your all-day activity is a fantastic choice. There are digital monitors and pedometers that you may buy and may already have that are perfect for our routine.
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