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My friend George Diamond with his latest book


Losing Weight Doesn’t Mean Bad Tasting Food

Do you think losing weight means eating bland foods?  If you answered “YES” you are not alone.  When I was starting the weight-loss process, I would have answered, “YES” to this question also.  This was one of the hesitations I had with losing weight. I thought I had to start eating healthy, bad tasting and low calorie foods.  This is far from the truth.  Healthy food does not have to taste bad.  Low calorie food does not have to be bland.

A good way to keep from eating bland foods is to add spices to your food for an explosion of flavor that can help satisfy your taste buds.  I have also found that flavorful food will be more satisfying, and therefore, I won’t eat as much.  Additionally, it will keep me from feeling that I was depriving myself of eating good-tasting  foods. 

There are many different spices I like to use. Hot and spicy seasonings, like chilies, curry, chili power, paprika, Cajun seasoning, and / or mustard can add a nice kick to your meal.  These hot spices have been shown to boost metabolism rates.  They will also add an explosion of taste to your meal. 

If these spices are too hot for your palette, you can try others like, garlic power, pepper, oregano, onion power to name a few.

Spices will add a lot of flavor to your meals without having to use a lot of fat and calories.  Once again,  many of the hotter seasonings and spices speed up the digestive system and may help your body burn a few extra calories.  I am certain that Doug will be showing you how to prepare foods that will not only taste great but will be healthy for you.  Always remember to watch your portion sizes. Healthy foods can pack on the weight if eaten in large quanties.

For more information on how to lose weight and keep it off visit.

George A. Diamond

Author of the book: “Don’t Diet! Just Think And Get Thin


I think I first became interested in food when one of my buddies and I  (Bill Nolan) toured Europe on motorcycles way back when. We were 18 years old and the greenest travelers that ever roamed the planet. Experiencing the simple foods of Europe and especially Italy, changed my life. Later in life I realized that I could re-create the special ethnic qualities of these foods  right here at home in Michigan .Because of this unique talent, some of my friends think I am  a  “culinary savant”

 I have been teaching what I call “cross ethnic” cooking classes for many years, but my heart belongs to the fabulous foods of Italy. I love and respect Italian cuisine because the dishes have been reduced to the minimum of fresh ingredients.  Unlike other cuisines that rely on complicated sauces and techniques, Italian dishes are a build up of layers of simple flavors. 

Since those early days my bride (MaryBeth) and I have been fortunate to do a lot of traveling. We take a group to Tuscany every year on a culinary safari. Cooking with Cordier is a collection of  my own recipes used in class with my students, plus experiences and ideas for unique foods that we have encountered in our travels.  Let’s think about those day to day  healthy blessings we can enjoy from preparing our meals from fresh ingredients.   Buon appetitto!