Kitchen Think: The Undiet Challenge


Step away from that box of chocolates.

Seems like every week since the beginning of the New Year, we’ve had a reason to backslide on our promise to eat better. The Super Bowl. Birthday Parties. Valentine’s Day. Next up: Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day… need I go on?

I’m going to keep this short and not so sweet. This is what you need to do if you seriously want to lose a couple of pounds by April Fools Day. I’m going to do this as well and I’ll let you know how it works.

1. Weigh yourself: Now multiply your weight by 13. That number is how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. You’ll need to reduce your calorie in-take by 500 a day if you want to lose 1-pound a week.

2. Eat Breakfast: Duh. You know this, but you need to practice it everyday. Opt for something healthy, not what’s easiest.

3. Stick to serving sizes: If the nutrition label says a portion is ONE SLICE, then only have ONE SLICE. I will be really hard at first because we’re all used to eating more and not really realizing it.

4. Eating out? Order half as much: If the restaurant won’t let you order half of an entrée item, have them split it in the kitchen and package it in a take-away container. That way you won’t be tempted to eat more in the restaurant. Enjoy the other half for lunch the next day.

5. Quit snacking: I snack while I’m cooking and preparing school lunches… a slice of avocado, a few chips, the remainder of a broken cookie… (OK… a martini or a glass of wine as GP and I are making dinner.) It all adds up.

That’s it. I could go on and on, telling you to eat on a smaller plate, put more veggies in your diet and exercise. But I won’t, because you’ve heard it all before. Give this a try and let me know.

I’m starting at 137 lbs. I’ll let you know what I weigh on April 1. Good luck (I know I’ll need it… thank goodness Lent is right around the corner—Mama usually gives up booze and sweets!).


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2 thoughts on “Kitchen Think: The Undiet Challenge

    1. Mama Post author

      I picked April Fool’s Day because it is a more than a month away and I think that is a memorable date. Cookies are okay if you can stop eating them… once I get on a sugar bing, I go nuts!


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: