'My 600-lb Life' shocking one-ton twins Brandi and Kandi nearly die, prove killer obesity

My 600-lb Life" season 5 may be the most gut-wrenching yet. TLC follows morbidly obese twins Brandi and Kandi who weigh nearly 1,200 pounds between them. The season teaser shows 575-lb Brandi screaming as her 604-lb sister Kandi nearly dies from obesity-related cardiac arrest and brain damage. Can the show's bariatric surgeon Dr, Younan Nowzaradan save these women with gastric bypass surgery before one-ton weight kills them? And updates from two familiar faces with massive weight loss, who've found their true beauty, give hope. 'My 600-lb Life' shocking one-ton twins Brandi and Kandi nearly die, prove killer obesity

Halloween candy leftovers use-up recipes, ways to reuse stale candy from Trick-or-Treat

 So trick-or-treat is over and now your kids have a haul of Halloween candy. And of course you want them to eat all that sugar as soon as possible (not!). Or maybe you're stuck with stale candy you couldn't give away because it rained on Halloween or you didn't get as many trick-or-treating children. Or maybe you gave out yucky kinds like Mike-N-Ikes or Mary-Janes, tsk-tsk. You could blow your diet, eat all the treats and then regret it. Or you could try one of these healthy ways to use up leftover trick-or-treat goodies.   Halloween candy leftovers use-up recipes, ways to reuse stale candy from Trick-or-Treat

Sia Cooper rocks 40-lb weight loss: 'Fit Mommy' blogger defends extreme pregnancy fitness

 Sia Cooper is becoming a celebrity in the fitness world. On her YouTube channel, she's inspiring viewer with her 40-lb weight loss. But the "Fit Mom" blogger's health habits before having kids weren't so great. In fact, her diet and exercise lack were so spectacularly bad that she was showing signs of early aging. And it was looking 40 at 20 that spurred her to shed weight. Even with a two-year-old and eight months pregnant, Sia was thinner and in better shape than before having kids. Critics attacked the young mom saying she was hurting her baby with extreme pregnancy fitness. Just a few months after birthing the second baby, Cooper has shed baby weight in a healthy way. Here's how.   Sia Cooper rocks 40-lb weight loss: 'Fit Mommy' blogger defends extreme pregnancy fitness

'My 600-lb Life' diet choices nix weight loss after bariatric, easy food swaps shed pounds

Watching how "My 600-lb Life" patients eat even after they've had gastric bypass surgery, shows why many don't lose weight. Their poor eating habits stall weight loss because they are eating more than they think. The problems boil down to basic misconceptions about weight gain, hunger and cravings. They also illustrate how a few easy food swaps could literally erase pounds. Here are simple diet tweaks to end obesity for good.    'My 600-lb Life' diet choices nix weight loss after bariatric, easy food swaps shed pounds

Miranda Lambert weight loss secrets prove crazy-easy food swaps may beat Nutrisystem

Miranda Lambert and ex-husband Blake Shelton must still be channeling each other. Both CMA winners rocked big weight loss around the divorce. They've both found new love and rumor has it both couples are expecting. Lambert's pregnancy is probably more wishful thinking but Shelton and his new sweetie Gwen Stefani definitely have a baby on the way and wedding bells in the air. "Hell on Heels" singer is in a relationship with Anderson East and love must agree with the. She's maintained her impressive 45-pound weight loss even after dropping Nutrisystem, with just a few simple steps. Lambert's crazy-easy diet tips will leave you hungry for more.    Miranda Lambert weight loss secrets prove crazy-easy food swaps may beat Nutrisystem

Healthy sugar substitute burns fat, revamps weight loss: Sugar 2.0 tastier than Splenda

Look out Splenda, there's a new sugar substitute in town and her name is Sugar 2.0. This natural sweetener is good for you plus burns fat and aids weight loss! Yes you read that correctly, a fat-burning sugar instead of a fat-making one! No don't worry, this isn't your granny's saccharine, NutraSweet, aspartame or any of those fake chemical sweeteners. Sugar 2.0 tastes like real sugar--not that fake, metallic sweet flavor of stevia or Splenda! Dieters and diabetics, rejoice! This miracle sweetener could even end childhood #obesity   Healthy sugar substitute burns fat, revamps weight loss: Sugar 2.0 tastier than Splenda

Boy George weight loss stuns on 'The Voice UK' Culture Club reunion: Learn George O'Dowd's recipes and secrets!

Karma Chameleon" #Boy George really does come and go with the weight. The legendary LGBT glam-punker continues to wow with his impressive weight loss as a mentor on season 5 of "#The Voice UK." Boy George also managed to kick a major drug addiction--no easy feat. Fans will be pleased to learn that Boy George O'Dowd returns in his most popular apparition as the front man for "Culture Club." That pop band will play a one-time performance in London this December. Here are diet tips and weight loss secrets from the iconic singer.   Boy George weight loss stuns on 'The Voice UK' and Culture Club reunion

Fat burning 4th of July dessert recipes: Decadent patriotic RWB diet desserts

 I've lost 100 pounds and from experience, I'll say holidays are the hardest times for dieters: picnics, BBQs, buffets, cookouts, get-togethers--so much temptation. So come prepared with decadent diet desserts. Hold on--did you just say decadent and diet? You can't have your cake and lose weight too, can you? Well, I lost almost half my body fat eating dessert, so yep, you can. Here are fat-burning 4th of July dessert recipes in patriotic red white and blue. Fat burning 4th of July dessert recipes: Decadent patriotic RWB diet desserts | Examiner.com

Father's Day gifts: Man-pleasing recipes, menus and foods dad will flip over!

 At the risk of gender profiling, let's agree women and men don't always eat the same foods. Gals will subsist on tofu and sprouts to lose weight. We may even fake we like it. Guys typically can't and they certainly won't pretend to like it. On Father's Day, they shouldn't have to. So here's a recipe shout-out for the boys. Use these Father's Day menus of man-pleasing foods to satisfy the y-chromosome! Dad will flip over any one of these Fathers Day menus Happily, recipes are easy and mostly inexpensive. Father's Day gifts: Man-pleasing recipes, menus and foods dad will flip over! | Examiner.com

National Pretzel Day recipes: Kinky twists for "knot" your average pretzels | Examiner.com

Woohoo, it's National Pretzel Day on April 26, says the Morning Call. Yes, the world actually celebrates pretzels, those boring breadsticks. If pretzels as salty snacks leave a ho-hum taste in your mouth, how about some kinky twists on pretzel recipes for "knot" your average pretzels?



Gluten free pretzels: Are you gluten intolerant? Then pretzels aren't for you, alas. So how about National Pretzel Day recipes you can enjoy? Swap out that wheat flour for oatmeal, oat bran, milled flaxseed, ground edamame, fava bean or chickpea flour and enjoy.  National Pretzel Day recipes: Kinky twists for "knot" your average pretzels | Examiner.com

Graduation open house party planning guide: cheap graduation menu, recipes

 Hosting a graduation open house and need easy, budget-friendly tips? Use this party planning guide to throw a cheap, nice backyard bash for your graduate! Here are recipes, tips shopping lists for groceries, supplies, decorations and equipment. DIY alternatives save you money and hassle!



Graduation open house menu: Buy enough food for one serving per guest. Shop dollar stores, Aldi's, Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco, Gordon Food Service and Target. Don't fuss with outdoor electrical outlets. Prep ahead, chill or warm, and serve. Here's a cheap graduation open house buffet menu under $100. Graduation open house party planning guide: cheap graduation menu, recipes | Examiner.com

Animal alphabet school snacks: A-Z healthy snack recipes for kids to learn ABCs

Teachers and homeschool parents, just in time for National Reading Month in March, here’s a month-long menu of alphabet letter snacks. Use these for interactive reading lesson plans. Use Alpha-Bits cereal, letter pretzels, cookies for letter shape. Make character sandwiches using any spread and leave open face. Use pretzels or matchstick carrots for whiskers. For eyes, use Cheerios, spray cheese, raisins, olives, banana or kiwi slices. Make ears, nose and mouth from apple bits, pimentos, pepper pieces, triangle chips or crackers. Use pretzel sticks for legs. For cookie creations, use candy or fruit to make faces.   Animal alphabet school snacks: A-Z healthy snack recipes for kids to learn ABCs | Examiner.com

Easter egg decorating: Homemade egg dyes, Easter baskets, Easter eggs recipes | Examiner.com

Waited till the last minute to color Easter eggs, did you? Need to pull a rabbit out of a hat (pun intended) and come up with your own Easter egg decorating stuff? Take it from this parent of four--been there, done that. Never fear--last-minute Louise is also super DIY mom! Here are for Easter eggs recipes and homemade egg dyes. These Easter egg decorations use recycled and on-hand materials. And best of all--homemade egg coloring is cheaper and safer than store-bought Easter egg decorating kits!   Easter egg decorating: Homemade egg dyes, Easter baskets, Easter eggs recipes | Examiner.com

Pancake Day recipes, Shrove Tuesday pancakes, waffles for Mardi Gras feast | Examiner.com

Happy Pancake Day! Also called Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, it's the day Catholics celebrate in preparation for Ash Wednesday and the sacrificial Lenten season. Catholics give up things for Lent. Traditionally that meant abstaining from meat, dairy, eggs, fat and sugar for 40 days till Easter. So they would use up or "shrive" the house of those foods and make them into pancakes. A house shriven (purged) of temptation symbolizes a soul purged of sin (Catholics also to confession before Lent to ready themselves for the penitential season). Here are delicious pancake and waffle recipes for Pancake Day. You can cheat and use pancake mix--the best is Krusteaz Honey Wheat. Krusteaz uses unbleached and whole grain flour.   Pancake Day recipes, Shrove Tuesday pancakes, waffles for Mardi Gras feast 

Valentine's Day recipes, homemade decorations, heart-shaped cupcakes, cookies | Examiner.com

Arrgh! Your child did it again. She volunteered you to make three dozen cupcakes (pink, heart-shaped, with sprinkles, please) for her class Valentine's Day party--tomorrow! And when does Lil Miss Cupid spring this news? 9 p.m.--no time to go to the store for supplies. Well, have no fear, Mama Been-There-Done-That has super-fast, last-minute, homemade treat recipes made with on-hand ingredients. You get bonus DIY heart-shaped snacks and improvised frosting, sprinkles and decoration tips.   Valentine's Day recipes, homemade decorations, heart-shaped cupcakes, cookies

CNY foods, recipes from China's regional culinary cuisines for Year of the Sheep | Examiner.com

Chinese New Year of the Sheep kicks off Feb. 19, 2015. CNY (Spring Festival or Lantern Festival) celebrates an animal of the zodiac each year and 2015 is Year of the Goat or Sheep. CNY anticipates good fortune. How better to celebrate than with food? Here are recipes and tips to eat your way through China's eight culinary regions and cuisines. Start with a virtual tour of China's food regions. from Travel China Guide.   CNY foods, recipes from China's regional culinary cuisines for Year of the Sheep | Examiner.com

Pancake Day recipes, Shrove Tuesday pancakes, waffles for Mardi Gras feast | Examiner.com

Happy Pancake Day! Also called Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, it's the day Catholics celebrate in preparation for Ash Wednesday and the sacrificial Lenten season. Catholics give up things for Lent. Traditionally that meant abstaining from meat, dairy, eggs, fat and sugar for 40 days till Easter. So they would use up or "shrive" the house of those foods and make them into pancakes. A house shriven (purged) of temptation symbolizes a soul purged of sin (Catholics also to confession before Lent to ready themselves for the penitential season). Here are delicious pancake and waffle recipes for Pancake Day. You can cheat and use pancake mix--the best is Krusteaz Honey Wheat. Krusteaz uses unbleached and whole grain flour.   Pancake Day recipes, Shrove Tuesday pancakes, waffles for Mardi Gras feast | Examiner.com

Healthy brunch recipes to use up leftover stale bread, holiday leftovers

Hosting a New Year's Day brunch? The last thing you need, after the spending extravaganza that was Christmas, is something more to spend money on. New Year's Day is the time for resolutions to cut back. So how about recipes to use up holiday leftovers, particularly stale bread, rolls, muffins and baked goods. Don't pitch stale bread. Put leftover stale bread in a bag in the fridge (separate sweet bread from savory). Gather up holiday leftovers of meat, sausage, cheese, dried fruit, nuts and eggs (don't forget the separated egg yolks and whites leftover from recipes). Use up leftover vegetables from veggies trays and holiday cooking (bits of onion, green pepper, mushrooms, etc.). When you have enough. repurpose holiday leftovers in yummy recipes that use up leftover stale bread so it doesn't go to waste. Remember these use up recipes won't have exact measurements and maybe not even specific ingredients. It all depends on what leftovers you have and how much you have leftover.  Healthy brunch recipes to use up leftover stale bread, holiday leftovers | Examiner.com

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