Posted in Where it all began

My story begins 2 1/2 years ago with my son Nicholas. At the age of 3, Nick measured 37″ tall and weighed 47 pounds. For anyone who might not be familiar with children’s sizes, he was considered average height but off the charts heavy. As a mom, I panicked, cried and worried over what was going wrong. From then I decided to take action. For the last 3 1/2 years, I have been monitoring his eating at home and anywhere else. He now eats an average of about 1200 calories a day and, at his 5th birthday checkup, measured 43″ tall and weighed 53 pounds. Although he is at the top of the chart in weight, at least he’s now on the chart.

Over the last few years, one of the things I have developed a love for is low fat/reduced calorie cooking. This is where our story begins together. I want to share my experiences and recipes with you. I want to share my experiences in preparing dinners, organizing get together with friends and/or eat out to help anyone who is interested in eating delicious meals with less calories and fat.

I promise to share the honest opinions from my family and friends on anything I prepare. Sometimes I take an existing recipe and modify it to cut out the fat and sometimes I just make it up as I go along. I have been documenting my cooking for about a year and already have over 150 recipes.

I hope you join me in this journey so I can help you as well as learn from your feedback. Welcome and let’s get cooking!

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  1. Go Dina! This is very important work. I can attest that you are a great cook, and we all need to pay attention to what we eat. As a mother of two I can also say that each child is unique, and parents have to be nimble in their strategies. I'm a big believer in complex carbohydrates with lots of fiber. Beans, brown rice, or grains with little or meat. They are initially filling, and reduce hunger. I served the kids a lot of bad stuff when they were little…hot dog "men" and mac and cheese.We found that continuing to serve healthy foods gives a safe exposure for the child to sample and change his or her palate. Something I read said to encourage children to "put it on your tongue." (Don't have to swallow.) "Maybe you'll like it when your taste buds grow more," was recommended response to "yucky." When our grocery bags are not heavy, we are not buying healthy food. Produce and dried beans are the healthiest and cheapest. I've also read that many people cannot tell whether they are thirsty, hungry, or tired. We reach for food first because it's the most fun! Trying water and exercise to rev up your engine is something to continue to emphasize.

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  2. Hi, Dina!What a great blog!!! Looking forward to getting some great recipes and learning how to cook smart! Your advice is not just for people with kids… everyone can benefit from your cooking methods and your wisdom. Keep up the great work!

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