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990994 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-04-10 08:30:00.0 UTC 2009-04-10T04:30:00.000-04:00 hungry-girl-gives-practical-tips-for-those-who-eat-food-and-love-it Published 2009-04-10 08:30:46.0 UTC 2009-04-10T04:30:46.000-04:00 features/fitness DTI 49669105 Lisa Lillien spends her days curbing the appetites of 400,000 hungry girls. A mighty task indeed. Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl, has built an empire on down-to-earth, no-nonsense food and diet tips for young women. Her Hungry Girl e-newsletter has that many subscribers, and her Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World and Hungry Girl: The Official Survival Guides audiobook have legion supporters. Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories will be released next week. Her Web site is hungry-girl.com. This isn't highbrow, wheatgrass-and-all-organics stuff. It's the kind of easy, breezy advice that helps people navigate a holiday party (shrimp cocktail is your friend) and concoct a faux-sinful treat (Cheery Chocolate Cheesecake Nuggets with diet hot cocoa mix, Splenda, fat-free cream cheese and sugar-free chocolate syrup). Lillien makes it clear that she's not a doctor or nutritionist, just someone who "loves food a lot" and is eager to find guilt-free foods that satisfy. We caught up with her before the release of her upcoming book. What are the diet and food tips that have made the biggest difference in your own life? Pay attention to your body. Avoid your trigger foods at all costs. Those are the foods that make you want to eat more and more of them (or similar foods). For me those are foods that have a lot of starchy carbs. And write down what you eat. Keep track of your daily intake of food and it's less likely to get out of hand. Even if you just scribble notes on a piece of paper, it really helps. Also, plan your food for the day and think ahead. And what is the biggest dieting myth that you'd like to debunk? That there's a magic or secret way to lose weight. There isn't. The equation is simple: calories in vs. calories burned. You really can't escape that at the end of the day. Is it possible to be "obsessed with food" and have a healthy relationship with food? Is it easy to get too focused on tracking calories and fat at the expense of healthiness? You need a balance. I think it's a good idea to track calories, but people should be eating the right foods as well. A balanced diet is always going to be better. I eat mostly lean meats, low-fat dairy, and fresh fruits and veggies. The snacky-type stuff is for when I feel like I really need a brownie or cookie and want to reach for a better alternative — and at those times I go for a VitaTop! People don't need to be told to have grilled fish and steamed veggies. They really need help finding better alternatives to pizza, onion rings and fries. How do you decide which products to promote by name? What kind of testing process do they go through? I promote the foods I love. All foods that are mentioned by name in editorial are foods that I love and that we use at the Hungry Girl headquarters. When judging a food I will look at nutritional information and taste. Same goes for the foods and food companies from whom we accept ads. I won't accept advertising from companies and products I don't like or use. What advice do you have for someone who has fallen off the wagon but wants to get back up? Live one day at a time. Never think of yourself as "on" or "off" a diet. It's really a lifestyle change. And if you fall off the wagon at breakfast, make smarter choices at lunch. Don't wait until the next day, or the following Monday, or the first of the month. Those are little tricks people play and they're not good. Laura Reiley can be reached at lreiley@sptimes.com or (727) 892-2293. By Laura Reiley, Times Food Critic Diet & Fitness,Features Hungry Girl gives practical tips for those who eat food and love it Laura Reiley PBT Personal Best tab Practical Help for Hungry Girls 7 PB_HungryGirl041109 Practical Help for Hungry Girls 2009-04-11 04:00:00.0 UTC 2009-04-11T00:00:00.000-04:00 resources/images/dti/2009/04/pb_hungrygirl0411_63743a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2009/04/pb_hungrygirl0411_63743a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2009/04/pb_hungrygirl0411_63743a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/04/10/49669105-hungry-girl-gives-practical-tips-for-those-who-eat-food-and-love-it StaffArticle Lisa Lillien spends her days curbing the appetites of 400,000 hungry girls. A mighty task indeed. Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl, has built an empire on down-to-earth, no-nonsense food and diet tips for young women. Her Hungry Girl e-newsletter has that many subscribers, and her Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World and Hungry Girl: The Official Survival Guides audiobook have legion supporters. Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories will be released next week. Her Web site is hungry-girl.com.Diet & Fitness,FeaturesDiet & Fitness,FeaturesLaura Reiley 380282 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:38:16.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:16.000-04:00 laura-reiley published 2013-02-13 18:30:11.0 UTC 2013-02-13T13:30:11.000-05:00 Laura Reiley <p>Laura Reiley is the <i>Tampa Bay </i><i>Times' </i>restaurant critic and a former critic for the <i>San Francisco Chronicle </i>and the <i>Baltimore Sun.</i> She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: <i>Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast.</i> She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy.</p> Times Food Critic writers DTI 33745760 Laura Reiley is the Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic and a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. <p>Phone: (727) 892-2293</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:lreiley@tampabay.com ">lreiley@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/lreiley">@LReiley</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Reiley_Laura.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745760-laura-reiley AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:38:16.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:16.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">LAURA REILEY</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Food Critic 2290784 2016-08-24 19:07:41.0 UTC 5 Days Ago hungry-harrys-brings-em-back-with-family-atmosphere features/food/general Hungry Harry's brings 'em back with family atmosphere StaffArticle 2264595 2016-02-08 21:43:34.0 UTC 7 Months Ago food-pantries-for-pets-on-the-rise features/pets Food pantries for pets on the rise StaffArticle 2264822 2016-02-10 15:02:19.0 UTC 6 Months Ago notable-real-loves features/books Notable: Real loves StaffArticle <p>Lisa Lillien spends her days curbing the appetites of 400,000 hungry girls. A mighty task indeed. Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl, has built an empire on down-to-earth, no-nonsense food and diet tips for young women. Her Hungry Girl e-newsletter has that many subscribers, and her <i>Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World</i> and <i>Hungry Girl: The Official Survival Guides</i> audiobook have legion supporters. <i>Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories</i> will be released next week. Her Web site is hungry-girl.com.</p> <p>This isn't highbrow, wheatgrass-and-all-organics stuff. It's the kind of easy, breezy advice that helps people navigate a holiday party (shrimp cocktail is your friend) and concoct a faux-sinful treat (Cheery Chocolate Cheesecake Nuggets with diet hot cocoa mix, Splenda, fat-free cream cheese and sugar-free chocolate syrup). Lillien makes it clear that she's not a doctor or nutritionist, just someone who &quot;loves food a lot&quot; and is eager to find guilt-free foods that satisfy. We caught up with her before the release of her upcoming book. </p> <p></p> <p><b>What are the diet and food tips that have made the biggest difference in your own life?</b><b> </b></p> <p>Pay attention to your body. Avoid your trigger foods at all costs. Those are the foods that make you want to eat more and more of them (or similar foods). For me those are foods that have a lot of starchy carbs. And write down what you eat. Keep track of your daily intake of food and it's less likely to get out of hand. Even if you just scribble notes on a piece of paper, it really helps. Also, plan your food for the day and think ahead.</p> <p></p> <p><b>And what is the biggest dieting myth that you'd like to debunk?</b></p> <p>That there's a magic or secret way to lose weight. There isn't. The equation is simple: calories in vs. calories burned. You really can't escape that at the end of the day.</p> <p></p> <p><b>Is it possible to be &quot;obsessed with food&quot; and have a healthy relationship with food? Is it easy to get too focused on tracking calories and fat at the expense of healthiness?</b><b> </b></p> <p>You need a balance. I think it's a good idea to track calories, but people should be eating the right foods as well. A balanced diet is always going to be better. I eat mostly lean meats, low-fat dairy, and fresh fruits and veggies. The snacky-type stuff is for when I feel like I really need a brownie or cookie and want to reach for a better alternative — and at those times I go for a VitaTop! People don't need to be told to have grilled fish and steamed veggies. They really need help finding better alternatives to pizza, onion rings and fries.</p> <p>How do you decide which products to promote by name? What kind of testing process do they go through?</p> <p>I promote the foods I love. All foods that are mentioned by name in editorial are foods that I love and that we use at the Hungry Girl headquarters. When judging a food I will look at nutritional information and taste. Same goes for the foods and food companies from whom we accept ads. I won't accept advertising from companies and products I don't like or use.</p> <p></p> <p><b>What advice do you have for someone who has </b>fallen off the wagon but wants to get back up?<b> </b></p> <p>Live one day at a time. Never think of yourself as &quot;on&quot; or &quot;off&quot; a diet. It's really a lifestyle change. And if you fall off the wagon at breakfast, make smarter choices at lunch. Don't wait until the next day, or the following Monday, or the first of the month. Those are little tricks people play and they're not good.</p> <p><i>Laura Reiley can be reached at lreiley@sptimes.com or (727) 892-2293.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:57:54