A Welcome to Our New LaaLoosh Recipe Contributor!

As you may have all noticed, we have a new recipe contributor on the blog, and I wanted to take a minute to extend a warm welcome to her — welcome aboard Cathy Rockwell! Cathy has been a Weight Watchers member in the past and has had great success with their program. She loves creating new recipes that are not only Weight Watchers friendly, but simple to prepare! She’s a fellow foodie who takes inspiration from her family heritage and the supper clubs she’s attended, where she’s had a chance to experience recipes and foods from all around the world. Since I won’t be able to post as many new recipes as I’d like, Cathy is going to be contributing lots of new Weight Watchers recipes on LaaLoosh on a regular basis, to keep you all satiated :). I’m sure you are all just as excited as I am to check out some of her delicious new recipes. It’s great to have another person to deliver some food ideas that not only taste great, but that are healthy too. We’re glad to have you on board, Cathy!

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Snack Girl to the Rescue! by Lisa Cain – Book Review

Snack Girl to the Rescue!

If you are a follower of this blog, it’s most likely because, at one point or another, you’ve struggled with losing weight and eating healthy. You’ve probably tried a lot of gimmick diets. And you probably feel like your life has been a back and forth of losing/gaining weight. I know EXACTLY how this feels, and this is why I started writing LaaLoosh. Losing weight and/or eating healthy isn’t an easy feat, and it’s a tremendous help to be able to find support. Fortunately, there’s a lot of it out there, and fellow foodie/food blogger, Lisa Cain of Snack Girl, is a great resource for people looking for a real-life approach to losing weight and eating healthy. In case you missed our interview with her last week, we had a chance to chat with Lisa about the success of her blog and the release of her first book “Snack Girl to the Rescue!”. Lisa was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, and I’m eager to share my thoughts with all of you!

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Calculating Weight Watchers Points Plus Daily Allowance

Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator

Many of you have emailed or submitted comments asking how to calculate your daily Points Plus allowance, so I thought it might be helpful to post all the details you need to help you out. First of all, if you are a Weight Watchers member, you really should just purchase their Points Plus calculator. It’s very inexpensive, and it allows you to not only track and calculate Points Plus values for foods, and the amount of Points Plus you’ve used in a day, it also will calculate your Points Plus allowance.

Another option, is to check out the page on my blog that provides you with some links on how to calculate your daily Weight Watchers Points Plus Allowance. On this page, I’ve provided direct links to free online Weight Watchers Calculators that were created by a fellow Weight Watchers member. She has put together some amazing WW cheat cheats that I highly recommend you check out, as they will help you:
– Determine your Weight Watchers Points Plus Daily Allowance
– Calculate Activity Points Plus
– Calculate Food Points Plus

Additionally, the site offers a great zero Points Plus Food List, a Filling Foods List, Good Health Guidelines, and TONS of other great tips and tools. I find it a lot easier to use than the Weight Watchers Online E-Tools!

I know that it is frustrating to many of us who’ve been struggling to find free Weight Watchers information…it’s really a shame that Weight Watchers has made that so difficult (P.S. Don’t be surprised if they make me take down this post!). But hopefully, as a community of Weight Watchers, we can continue to help and support each other and make our biggest struggle to shed the pounds vs. tracking down the tools that we need to follow the program.

And in the meantime, I’ll get back to working on some more free Weight Watchers Recipes!!

Thank you all for your support and for reading my blog. :)

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Readers — I Need You to Weigh In!!!!

Don’t worry…I mean I want you to weigh in with your thoughts, not your actual weight :). In an effort to improve my blog and make it more helpful to all of us, I want to hear what YOU think. First of all…which system you are following: the old Weight Watchers Points Plan or the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program? And secondly, what are your thoughts about the new Points Plus Plan? What type of Weight Watchers Recipes do you like the most and are you always on the lookout for? Please comment below…your input and observations are so incredibly helpful to me and to fellow Weight Watchers, so please share!

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Free Weight Watchers PointsPlus Calculator!!

For a limited time, Weight Watchers is allowing anyone, not just their paying members to use their online PointsPlus Calculator for FREE!!! This is because they’ve had a shortage of those little blue Points Plus Calculators that you can buy at the Weight Watchers meetings. So, until they can sufficiently replenish their stock, take advantage of this and use it to help keep you on track!

Here’s the link: Free Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator!!

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I Just Learned the New Weight Watchers Points Plus Program!!

Ok, so here’s the deal, folks, I went to my Weight Watchers meeting this past Saturday and learned all about the new Points Plus Program. And of I bought a ton of materials to help me out – one of which includes the new Weight Watchers Dining Out Companion which is VITAL if you want to know the new Points Plus values for all your fave restaurants. The other must buy item was the new Points Calculator, which Weight Watchers now REQUIRES you to have if you want to figure out the new Points Plus values for everything you eat. Sad that it’s not the free, sliding Points Finder like before, which was so easy…..oh, and did I mention it was FREE?!? So, given that this digital Points calculator is a must, I ponied up the funds and bought it. I only paid $5.95 instead of the regular price of $11.95 — this was a special they were having through December, so folks, I highly recommend taking advantage of this item while it’s at such a good price, as there’s no way around it — you will NEED it if you want to follow the new Weight Watchers Points Plus plan. Which brings me to another topic of discussion — my recipes. In my previous post, I mentioned that I would be posting both the old Points value and the new Points Plus value for each new recipe. However, after much consideration and many emails from my readers, and please don’t hate me for this, but I’ve decided to post only the new Points Plus values for all new recipes. I realize that this may be a bummer for all of you who still wish to follow the Points plan, but in not too long, the old Points plan will be entirely irrelevant. With all of the old Points info online diminishing quickly, it’s just going to be too complicated and time consuming to include both Points values in my recipes. Additionally, the new Points Plus program really is great and makes a lot of sense. It also encourages healthier eating, which I really love. Since I’ve embraced the new program, I really hope that all of you will too. As for all my old recipes, for now, I will keep them as the old Points value, but may try to change that in the not too soon future. Together, we’ll get through the change and fully switch over to the new Points Plus plan! Stay tuned for my very first Points + recipe later today!!

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New Weight Watchers Points Plan for 2011!!

If you are an active Weight Watcher, you’ve probably heard the hubbub about their new Points program that’s being launched for 2011 — it’s called the PointsPlus Plan! Now, I don’t really know a whole lot about it myself yet, as Weight Watchers is being really hush hush about it, but based on the UK’s version of it, which is called the Weight Watchers ProPoints Plan, here’s what we know so far:
* Instead of calculating a food’s Points on calories, fat and fiber, there will be more of an emphasis on the quality of the food. Brown rice will have fewer Points than white rice. A 100-calorie pack of cookies will have more Points than 100 calories of chicken breast, and so on.
* To encourage better food choices, fruit and most vegetables will have zero Points. Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn and peas will not be in the free Points list.
* The minimum amount of Points assigned to people will be 29 Points, but they’ll also be given a weekly allowance of 49 Points as “Real Living” Points to be used on fun foods.

So that’s the scoop thus far. As I learn more about the program, I’ll make sure to keep you all posted. Some of you have asked how I’ll handle the calculation of my “Point Total” based on the new Weight Watchers Plan. What I will end up doing is including a Point Total for the new plan, but I’ll still include my regular Point Total as well, so those of you who remain on the old Weight Watchers Points plan, can still use the recipes. As for all my old recipes, I HOPE to go back and add the new Point Totals to each of those recipes in time, but first I will need to learn how Points will be calculated with the new PointsPlus Plan, and see how time consuming it will be to revamp all those old recipes.

For now, until I’m fully onto the new Weight Watchers Points Plus Program, I’ll still be posting recipes with my regular “Point Total”.

More info to come as I get wind of it!! Keep reading, and get ready and excited for a new year!!!!

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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – Sign the Petition!

Have you signed Jamie’s petition to improve school lunches? If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and the petition that Jamie is trying to get signed in order to convince Congress to put better food in schools, you can learn more here! If you care about what your kid eats and what current school foods are doing to their health, you NEED to get on board with this. It’s not too late to sign the petition!! Over 500,000 people across America have signed Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution petition, and many of those have tuned in to the ABC show.

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How to Calculate Your Daily Point Total

As you’ll see in all of the low calorie recipes that I post, there is a “Point Total” given for each serving. And many of you have asked how to calculate your individual daily WW Points, in order to know the total number of points you are allowed to eat in a day. While I cannot tell you how to determine your Weight Watchers Points Target, as I am not affiliated with Weight Watchers, I can share with you the way to calculate your allotted daily point total for LaaLoosh Recipes. :) Simply answer the questions, and add up your score!

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Weight Watchers and Applebee’s Are Being Sued

Applebee's

Here is an interesting piece of news. A woman in Cincinnati, OH sued both Weight Watchers and Applebee’s for false weight watcher points advertised on Applebee’s menu.

Cincinnati, OH—A Milford woman sued Applebee’s and Weight Watchers for inaccurately stating the amount of fat and calorie counts on the restaurants diet-conscious menu. The woman claims the “Cajun Lime Tilapia” from the Weight Watchers section on the Applebee’s menu had more Weight Watchers “points” and fat then what was advertised on the menu, as reported by Cincinnati.com.
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Source: Marketing Law News

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Weight Watchers Tells Dieter’s “It’s OK to Eat Chocolate!”

Chocolate can be part of a healthy diet. The key is knowing how to work it in without overdoing it.
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FREE Printable Weight Watcher Food Journal!!

For those of you following the Weight Watchers Program, you should be logging your daily food intake. Doing this is an incredibly helpful tool in getting you to your weight loss goals, and a recent study by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that people who keep a food diary enjoy twice the weight loss of those who rely solely on dieting and exercising. So, I’ve created this awesome Weight Watchers Food Journal that you can download and print – for FREE! It’s very easy to use — simply write down the food that you eat and its Points value, and then deduct it from your daily Points balance. You can even track your Flex Points used! I also included little check boxes that will help you make sure you are consuming your recommended portions of water, dairy and fruits & vegetables. Using this Weight Watchers Food Diary couldn’t be easier!

I hope you’ll find this daily food journal as helpful as I have and that it will help you stick to your Daily Points Range and be aware of what you are eating everyday.

To download and print this FREE Weight Watchers Food Journal, click HERE!!

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