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Why No Warning Sign?

An empty nest - my babies left for college

How to Survive Spring Fundraisers

“My name is Katherine and it has been 380 days since my last Thin Mint.” Cookies, popcorn, candy bars, nuts, ice cream, cookie dough… for parents, spring brings Flowers and Fundraising. Offices have order forms making rounds, trips to the grocery store have kids at every entrance and exit peddling sweets, sporting events have concession

How to Talk About Mom’s Shift

“Mom, what’s for dinner?” My oldest asked expectantly. “Chicken quesadillas, guacamole and corn.” I confidently retorted. “Yes! I love that. With chips?” Dinner crisis averted. The kids came to the table hungry and eager to eat. I sat down with my spinach taco salad and was ready to enjoy a lovely meal, basking in my

Five Tips for Shifting with Children

1) Disconnect the Garbage Disposal. It happens at almost every meal. The kids don’t finish their plates and before they hit the sink, Mom proceeds to eat the scraps like a human garbage disposal. Those little bits of food accumulate to extra portions, which mean extra calories, carbs and fat. At each meal, make yourself

Tory’s Shift-worthy Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Hosting (or heading to) a St. Patrick’s Day party? Why not whip up Tory’s Shift-worthy spinach-artichoke dip for a delicious (and green) party favor? Spinach-Artichoke Dip 1 serving (about 1/2 cup) 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk 1 tablespoon artichoke juice (from the jar, see below) 1 tablespoon cream cheese 1/8 teaspoon minced garlic Dash ground

Cauli Pizza

SHIFT CAULI PIZZA by Tory Johnson Cauliflower becomes cauli “flour” for a low carb take on pizza, flatbread or cheesy bread sticks. This one recipe can work as a base for many combinations. The key to making a solid crust is to make sure you wring out all the moisture from the cooked cauliflower. Just

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Once you get accustomed to the idea of cauliflower “rice,” you’ll find you can make numerous dishes. This recipe is a nod to Chinese fried rice but you are not limited to these ingredients. Add basil, toasted peanuts, and shrimp for a Thai-inspired twist or use leftover chicken, a dash each of coriander powder, cumin powder, and

Flaxseed Low Carb Bagel

I love bagels, but they don’t love me. So my friend Karen Pickus, the Good Morning America food stylist and a highly accomplished chef who would attract lines around the block if she ever opened a restaurant, surprised me one day with a flaxseed “bagel” that she created. Very low carb, of course. Since then,

The Shift Arrives in Poland

When my twins Emma and Jake visited Poland on high school trip in the spring of 2014, I had no idea The Shift – translated into Polish – was about to land on bookshelves throughout Poland. Here’s what the cover looks like: And in June, I talked via Skype with Ania Wendzikowska, anchor of Poland’s

Three Reasons You May Not Be Losing Weight

The majority of my clients come to see me for weight loss. They’ve tried diet after diet, they lose the weight, and time and time again they gain it back. Exasperated and frustrated they finally seek my help. After more than 12 years of nutrition counseling and weight loss coaching I have found that the

My Past Will Not Weight Me Down

What kept me from making the Shift until now? Whenever I’ve thought about changing my future, I’ve let my past weigh me down. If you’ve always been overweight like I have, or been fat for many years, it’s quite a hurdle to envision living any other way. The difficulty of fixing it— fathoming even where

A Point of Private Pride

Five months in to the Shift, what started as a minute-by-minute struggle— always wondering when I could eat next— is still top of my mind, but it’s no longer the epic battle that it was when I started. It’s just my reality. Eating much less becomes a point of private pride. I don’t walk around