Saturday, October 10, 2009

President Obama accepts Nobel Challenge—and so can you!

The Nobel Committee members made no bones about it:  Helping President Obama achieve ambitious peacemaking goals was their goal in awarding the prize Friday.  Now let’s take a look at our challenge:

Consuming fewer calories than we burn, will result in weight loss, but better yet—cutting back on calories and exercising more, would be awesome for us.

    • One pound of body fat= 3500 calories

Remember though, the causes of obesity are more complex than just energy imbalance.  Our families have lots to do with this; undoubtedly, genetics plays a role in this too.  Our surroundings play a part, as well, but one-step-at a-time will meet our challenges for healthy weight loss. 

Resources for Success:

  • To keep track of your success, you might want to read about the National Weight Loss Registry  and visit Registered Dietitians, as Nutrition Experts.
  • NewU - “Your Weight, Your Health, Your Choice," which is an online weight loss support group where members join to receive support, expert feedback from Lisa and Ursula, both registered dietitians, and have the opportunity to share their struggles and successes.  NewU encourages lifestyle change and health living through realistic weight loss strategies without dieting.

Here is a healthy recipe to help with the challenges of weight loss:


Lemon Caper Chicken with Sweet Potato Puree

Chicken Ingredients:

  1. 2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 1 T olive oil
  4. 2 shallots, minced
  5. 1 T capers, drained
  6. 1 t Dijon mustard

Sweet Potato Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes, microwave or baked

2 T orange juice

14 cup golden raisins

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Salt and freshly ground black pepper(optional)


To make the chicken preheat broiler. Place chicken in a shallow roasting pan.  Combine remaining chicken ingredients and pour over chicken.  Broil 6 inches from heat source 12 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.  To prepare the potatoes, scoop hot sweet potato pulp into bow.  Add remaining sweet potato ingredients except salt and pepper/ mix well.  Season to taste with salt and pepper , if desired. Serve with chicken.

Recipe Source: Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. You: on a diet.