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Reunion Diet on WSFL South Florida 5/25/10

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S. Florida weight-loss coach's book helps you lose weight for your reunion.

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Lisa Dorfman, MS,RD,CSSD,LMHC Director of Sports Medicine Nutrition and Performance at The University of Miami and co author of The Reunion Diet with Sandra Gordon shares strategies for getting into shape for your reunion and beyond

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Lisa works with Reunion Dieter Kathleen Silloway to help her lose weight and feel great for her HS reunion and beyond.

Dr Fitness and The Fat Guy

Next up Lisa Dorfman, author of the new book The Reunion Diet joined us to talk about her book. Lisa is called the Running Nutritionist becuase she has run numerous marathons, triathlons and other amazing races. Her books gives you tips to get into reunion shpe for all the reunion like events in your life. To learn more please go to

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Lisa appeared on Good Morning America Health with Tanya Rivera. Tune in to see Lisa speak about The Reunion Diet.

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No Fail Reunion Diet Tips at by Mara Betsch

4 No-Fail Diet Tips for Your Next High School Reunion

By Mara Betsch

There’s a certain feeling of panic every time a class reunion invitation comes in the mail. Has everyone else put on 10 pounds? How do you explain your recent divorce to people you haven’t seen in 15 years?

“As we get older, we develop an intrinsic competitiveness with ourselves. At a reunion, you use those people from your past as a benchmark of how well you’ve done,” says Lisa Dorfman, a registered dietitian and co-author of The Reunion Diet: Lose Weight and Look Great at Your Reunion and Beyond (Sunrise River Press, $13).

And, let’s be honest, one of the biggest benchmarks is how healthy you look compared to your peers. Whether you want to boost your confidence or fit into your old cheerleader uniform, Dorfman gives four tips for looking—and feeling—your best at your next reunion.

1. Be realistic.
If you want to drop 30 pounds in a month, it might be time for a reality check. “If you’re up front with yourself, you have a much better shot at losing weight,” says Dorfman. If a nightly glass of wine is non-negotiable, don’t skip it, and instead cut calories from lunch or dinner. If you like having a chocolate treat in the afternoon, nix the croutons on your salad.

Also, it takes a while to take weight off, so last-minute weight loss will mean some serious sacrifices. “Two to six months is the ideal amount of time to diet [before a reunion],” says Dorfman. “If you have a month or less, you have very little time to work with. You’ll need to be at the gym every day.”

2. Eat more, not less.
“There’s a perception that if you keep cutting calories, you’ll keep losing weight,” says Dorfman. However, by drastically cutting calories, you can inadvertently cause your metabolism to slow down. Instead, she suggests eating throughout the day, selecting foods that keep you satiated.

Dorfman recommends a trifecta of low-fat, lean protein (low-fat cheese, Greek yogurt, turkey), fiber-filled, plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, even whole grains), and some sort of seasoning (spices, salsa). The combination of protein and fiber fills you up, while the seasoning adds enough flavor to satisfy you taste buds. And, if your seasoning is especially spicy, it may even help boost your metabolism.

3. A little detox is OK.
Though Dorfman doesn’t recommend crash diets, cleanses, or detoxes as healthy, long-term weight-loss solutions, she admits that doing something radical with your diet may jump-start healthy eating. ”Sometimes people need a dietary slap in the face,” she says. “A detox can simply mean you are taking out things that are sabotaging your efforts.”

Whether that means donating the economy-size box of your trigger food to a food bank or turning your lunch date with your burger-loving friend to a coffee break, eliminate those things that prevent you from meeting your goals. Dorfman warns that this can be challenging, especially when your spouse or partner is a saboteur. Be upfront with them by explaining your goals and sorting through any problems as soon as they arise.

4. Visualize your goals.
Professional athletes visualize their big events from start to finish, and Dorfman suggests you steal their trick. “Picture yourself at the reunion—what kind of dress you’re wearing, how you’ll wear your hair—but be realistic. Don’t picture what you looked like when you were 20.” Visualizing how you want to look will help you stay on track with your diet.

A few days before the event, prep yourself by trying on your outfit and forming a script in your mind. If you know certain questions will make you uncomfortable, Dorfman suggests you prepare your answers ahead of time. Know why you’re happy to be a stay-at-home mom, or practice a clever way to say you’re unemployed.

In the end, Dorfman recommends remembering why you’re there in the first place—to reconnect with old friends.


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Lisa's Tips --Autobiography of a High School Reunion Dropout

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But I’m like a dog with a bone; I just can’t drop it. I still wonder why I don’t go; what’s truly behind it. So, I consulted my friend and fellow writer, Sandra Gordon, who just published a book called “The Reunion Diet.” Her book, written with nutritionist Lisa Dorfman, is not only a  practical self-help guide to setting specific weight-loss goals (is there a bigger motivation for losing weight than the prospect of seeing an old flame?), but it also includes social advice to get mentally psyched for this occasion.

      Q. Why are so many of us excited about going to high school reunions? I know so many people who are “reunion junkies.” Do you think they live in the past – are just anxious to be taken back to a happy time – want to show off how good they look - are looking for love?

       A. There are some people who truly love going to their reunions. My co-author, Lisa Dorfman, for example, just went to her 30th high school reunion and had a magical time. She wouldn’t miss this event for anything. I think most of us, though, regard reunions with a mix of curiosity, fear, excitement and dread. We go because we want to check in with people we used to know well and see how they’re doing. Did the prom queen and the quarterback turn out to be All Stars in life? Did my first love, who I thought I was going to marry at the time, turn out well? For some people, going to their reunion gives them a chance to see what their life would have been like if they had ended up with that person. Reunions also give us a chance to self-assess compared to our benchmark peer group. Remember former NYC mayor Ed Koch, who used to say, “How’m I doing?” That’s what reunions do for us, only that’s what we’re asking ourselves.


Have you gone to your high school reunions? I'd love to hear your experiences. Maybe it'll convince me, once and for all, to just do it!


Great Resource for Reunion-Inspired Weight loss - The Reunion Diet: Lose Weight and Look Great at Your Reunion and Beyond - Feedback
Great resource for reunion-inspired weight loss
Published by Melissa--first-time mom-to-be - 01-2010

Finally, a diet book specifically for reunion goers. The Reunion Diet is invaluable because it gives you actual diet plans to follow based on how much time you have until your reunion date. My 25-year high school is coming up in August so I've been following The Reunion Diet's 6-month plan to lose some leftover baby weight and so far, I've lost 5 lbs (in 2.5 weeks, which is right on schedule). My mission is to lose 30 lbs, but to go slow and keep it off so I'll be ready for all my reunions after that. I feel like I'm in good hands with this book. Besides structured diet plans, the book also gives insightful tips on the stuff like what to wear, how to chat up old friends, whether to bring someone, and what to do if you don't lose all the weight. I like the fact that it's written by a registered dietitian who is also an athlete and a therapist. You get so much more than just dieting advice. Love this book. I wish it was around when I went to my 20th high school reunion five years ago.
ABC News on The Reunion Diet

The Best Reunion Looks Focus on the Now

Reunion reality: Show off to old friends the best version of your current self


The Associated Press




If it took 20 years to put on, say, 20 pounds, the chances of taking them off in the weeks or days before your high school or college reunion are, let's face it, slim to none.

But come in with a radiant smile, a sense of accomplishment and a slimming black dress, and your thicker middle or graying hair might go unnoticed.

Reunions are a source of excitement and dread that so many people — from recent grads to Baby Boomers and beyond — can relate to. And they're enjoying a high-profile moment with at least two new reunion-themed diet books, countless Facebook pages and a heavily promoted third season of a reality show on TV Land.

"What I find so fascinating about this series is the anxiety — good and bad. But everyone is anxious to get back and see people you have a history with," says Keith Cox, executive producer of "High School Reunion."

"The people who have peace with who they were are fine, no matter who they were. If they were the nerd and are fine with it, then they're fine now. It's the people who don't have peace with it that struggle with the reunion," he says. "A reunion really isn't about what other people think, it's what you think."

All those memories of football games and proms can be an instigator to take stock of the present, adds Christie Mellor, author of the upcoming book "You Look Fine, Really." Instead of trying to recapture your youth, consider what would make you happy now and make that your goal, she says.

It could be losing your pooch on your belly, it could be running a marathon or it could be a promotion at work.

"People will be looking at my eyes to see if I'm a happy, joyful person. ... That's what people take away from reunions — who looks happy," Mellor says, adding "a lot of size 0s can be unhappy."

But Lisa Dorfman, co-author of "The Reunion Diet," says the idea of a little healthy competition among peers can steer you toward an improved version of yourself.

There's no better control group for comparison than your former classmates because everyone started from essentially the same place, says Dorfman, who recently attended her 30th high school reunion. "They're a benchmark of who we were and how far we've come."

High school seems to be "the big one," agrees co-author Sandra Gordon. "Those were the formative years, that's who you were before life got so layered. When you're with your high school friends, you go back to yourself."

In their research, they found that even those who went back to their reunion with a little revenge in mind often fell into old routines with old friends — and were happy to do it. Of course, it didn't hurt if there was acknowledgment from the captain of the football team, especially if he never talked to you back then, Gordon notes.

But the thought of seeing these people shouldn't prompt a drastic new haircut or plastic surgery, Mellor says. "It's a chance to reinvent yourself a little but not do a makeover. It's a great opportunity to present yourself in the way you'd like to be seen."

A lot of people want to look 20 years younger, reports dermatologist Dr. David Colbert, author of "The High School Reunion Diet."

"Twenty years seems to be a magic number — I don't know why," he says.

It can be done — although not overnight, he adds. "The idea for the book is that the people I see looking their best ... are eating their best. Good food is better than Botox."

In the months before the big event, Colbert suggests: cut out sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, give up packaged food and eat those green leafy vegetables loaded with vitamins. When your body is healthy, it shows in your appearance, Colbert says.

Still, there are last-minute beauty boosts that also can help you feel a little more confident, says Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine, including avoiding raw vegetables, gum, fried food and soda for a few days to keep air out of the gastrointestinal track, which can create the appearance of belly bulge.

A trip to the hair salon for smooth, blow-dried hair can also help you look younger — frizz has the opposite effect — and well groomed, polished nails distract from other parts of older hands, she says.

Well-groomed eyebrows open your eyes.

And, Vaccariello adds: "Stand up straight."

For the outfit, InStyle senior editor Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker, a contributor to "The New Secrets of Style: Your Complete Guide to Dressing Your Best Every Day," says play up your assets but don't get hung up on particular color or silhouette. Try on a lot of options and, once you've made your choice, take it for a test run to a restaurant or party where the stakes aren't so high.

"Look at yourself holistically, through a 360-degree lens. Know your figure and body shape, and work from there," she says.

There's a great little black dress out there for every woman, Gonzalez Whitaker says, and each woman can make it her own with details such as ruffles or an architectural shape, as well as jewelry and fabulous shoes.

"Bring your character to the outfit you choose to wear," adds Teri Jon designer Rickie Freeman. "You are who you are and don't try to be something you are not. Don't be pretentious or try to mimic who you were then."

Still, she says, if you've still got great legs, by all means wear a short skirt.

"Clothes and outfits aren't about age, they are about attitude. If you like a sexy image, go for it. Don't pretend you turned into a librarian because you are probably not one," Freeman says.


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Reunion Diet Hits Chicago!

Eat Right Around Chicago's  Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, CSSD includes The Reunion Diet in her list of Favorite Diet and Nutrition Books!

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Tart Cherries and Marathons

Tart cherries give runners tasty road to recovery

Powerful antioxidants protect cells, By Craig Davis, Sun Sentinel

December 16, 2009

 Preparing for the winter marathon season means logging a lot of long runs. It can also lead to a lot of soreness. A recent study suggests a tasty way to alleviate some of the pain in the joints and muscles from all those miles -- tart cherries.

A diet strategy known as the Red Recovery Routine was developed by sports dietician Leslie Bonci to help athletes minimize pain. It focuses on a variety of red foods, but cherries stand out because they contain notable anti-inflammatory benefits.

A study by Oregon Health and Sciences University found that runners who drank cherry juice twice a day for seven days leading up to a long-distance race significantly reduced the amount of pain they experienced after the race.

Some prominent athletes have given a thumbs-up to the benefits of tart cherries for reducing soreness, including decathlete Bryan Clay.

Lisa Dorfman, marathon runner and sports nutritionist for the University of Miami, concurs.

"You're always skeptical, but there's been a lot of research from well-respected universities, and a lot of football programs are now using tart cherry juice in recovery for their athletes," Dorfman said.

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