Cheryl Forberg, RD is a James-Beard award-winning chef and the nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser. She has been with the show from the beginning and co-wrote the Biggest Loser eating plan. For more cooking and nutrition tips, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @CherylForbergRD, or visit her blog at CherylForberg.com.
By now, you’re probably deep into your holiday checklist – and its attendant stress. Presents delivered to the post office? Holiday gifts delivered to the kids’ teachers? Parties scheduled and dinner menus planned? Travel schedules arranged?
With the pressures of money, family and sheer logistics, the holidays can be harried. And if you’re trying to eat wisely, there’s a whole other dimension of anxiety to contend with. From cocktails loaded with empty calories to holiday cookie swaps, the possibilities for unhealthy choices and abandoned good intentions seem endless.
But good nutrition needn’t add stress to the holiday routine. After all, you don’t want to spend precious time with friends and family agonizing over every little calorie and beating yourself up for overindulging.
Instead, realize that healthy eating isn’t an all or nothing proposition. Rather than trying to follow severe restrictions – and giving up for the day when you “blow it” – focus on the more manageable prospect of making each individual food choice wisely – small changes. Opt for healthier foods each time, and the cumulative effect will be to maintain overall good nutrition and steady progress toward your goals – big difference.
With season nine of The Biggest Loser wrapped up, you may be wondering where you can get your latest Biggest Loser fix. Cheryl Forberg, RD, the show’s dietitian, has a book out – Six Weeks to a Healthier You – which focuses on quality foods that provide a powerhouse of nutrients for the calories.
In this video, Cheryl shares one of her recipes from the book, a Grilled Shrimp Salad with an Avocado Aioli. The avocado aioli has over 20 vitamins and minerals and heart healthy, unsaturated fats. With help from avocados and Greek yogurt, the luscious and creamy quality of the aioli gives you a nutrient dense alternative to the typical bottled creamy dressing high in saturated fat.
I had the great pleasure to sit down with superstar dietitian Cheryl Forberg, RD, who just so happens to be a professional chef and the nutrition expert behind the wildly successful weight loss on NBC’s The Biggest Loser! She talked with me about her latest book, The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You, which released yesterday. Plus, read on to see how you can win a copy for yourself!
Rebecca: Cheryl, you’ve authored several wonderful books for Biggest Loser so far and I was personally a big fan of Biggest Loser Simple Swaps, what makes The Biggest Loser: 6 Weeks to a Healthier You different than other books?
Cheryl: There are many books on the market catering to dieting and weight loss. One of the distinctions of The Biggest Loser eating plan is that the quality of the calories is as important as the quantity. Our eating plan has evolved since we began 10 seasons ago, and I’m happy to say that it’s continually improved in terms of including less and less processed food choices. (more…)
She might have arrived at the Biggest Loser ranch appearing quiet and meek, but that side of Cheryl George didn’t last long. Only as long as it took trainer Jillian Michaels to get her in the gym and force her to face her inner demons. The result? A banshee-like scream from Cheryl asserting “I’m ready!”. She hasn’t backed down since, making her healthy new lifestyle a priority, especially now that she’s at home.
“I don’t think I’ll have any problem [maintaining at home]” says Cheryl, following her elimination in week eight. She says she knew it was going to be her week to go home, due to the alliances and relationships existing on the black team. But she was OK with it then and she’s OK with it now.
Listen now as Cheryl tells us how she manages in the real world, and how she seeks “enjoyment classes” at the gym.
As a dietitian, I am well aware of where people get their health information. By and large, people search the Internet, read blogs (like this one), watch the news, and read books and magazines. There is no shortage of information available and books especially seem to carry a layer of credibility. That’s why I think it is crucial that when I find a book I love, I need to shout it from the rooftops! The Biggest Loser Simple Swaps, by the show’s dietitian and chef Cheryl Forberg, is one such book. In this post, I’ll share why you should run (not walk) to pick up your copy today. (more…)
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