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Fancy hors d’oeuvres for one? Yes, please!

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Ring it in! A New Year’s menu for the whole family.

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Comfort food face-lift Grandma’s green bean casserole gets some healthy updates.

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What to do with holiday leftovers? We share our favorite tips and tricks for turning plenty into plenty more.

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Soup in seconds Quick, easy nutritional powerhouses that go wherever you do.

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! Chef Virginia Willis shares her winning recipes for a memorable Southern– style holiday table.

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Sweet somethings Elegant desserts sure to wow your guests.

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Bring on brunch Let your slow cooker do the work.

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Mini–Moroccan Meatballs with Tzatziki.......................... 73 Polenta Caprese Canapés ................................ 73

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Roasted Pear & Blue Cheese Polenta Bites ........................ 72 Smoked Salmon Canapé on Endive .............................. 69 Sushi-Style Shrimp Bites with Wasabi Aioli ................. 69

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Green Bean Casserole ......... 76 Mushroom Gravy ................87 Quick Orange-Cranberry Relish ....................................... 87 Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears .............................. 87 DESSERTS Apricot and Pistachio Rugelach ...............................94 Chocolate-Berry Pavlova .....................................94 Gingerbread Meringue Tarts ...............................................94 Mini Pumpkin-Pecan Tartlets .................................. 95 Pizzelle Cookie Cannoli ...... 95 Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Tart...................94 Strawberry–Angel Food Trifle ................................... 94

Black Bean Tostadas .........100

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH Banana Bread Overnight Oats ..................... 98

Chef’s Salad ....................... 100 Quick Zucchini Parmigiana ..........................100

Stacey finally discovered inner peace.

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MAINS BBQ Chicken Pizza with Roasted Broccoli ..............100

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Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Sauce ............66 Roast Turkey Breast ........... 86

Chorizo and Cheddar Tortilla Casserole .................. 98 Mushroom-and-Swiss Potato Breakfast Casserole ............. 99 Spiced-Apple-Stufed French Toast Casserole .......99

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You can never have too many holiday gift ideas! Here are some of our favorite must-haves that we’ll be wrapping up this season. BY THE EDITORS 2

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Turn up the heat with a gift set that features 10 flavors of hot sauce. Hot Sauce Challenge Gift Set, $15, available Nov. 6, target.com.

2 NURTURE Grow organic herbs year-round. These mini-plants promise to provide you with freshness 24/7/365. Weight Watchers Garden-in-a-Bag, $10, weightwatchers.com/shop.

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3 SPARKLE An elegant sterling silver bracelet is perfect for layering, and gorgeous on women of all ages. Pandora Entwined Bangle, $125, available Nov. 3, pandora.net.

4 REFRESH This feminine, floral fragrance is a classic favorite. Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette, 0.5 oz, $18; 2 oz, $48; 4 oz, $66, sephora.com.

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5 SHARE Strike up a conversation with TableTopics’ boxes of 135 questions. TableTopics, $25, tabletopics.com.

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6 FLAUNT These supersoft, breathable leggings—with an adjustable drawstring—add style and comfort to your workout. Sweaty Betty Contour Crop Workout Leggings in Cut About Mountains, $75, sweatybetty.com.

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This nonstick mat—a handy cheat sheet—is printed with suggested roasting times and seasonings for your favorite veggies. Tovolo Silicone Veggie Roasting Mat, $10, bedbathandbeyond.com.

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8 GIVE BACK A fitness wearable for kids! They’ll earn points by being active. Those points add up to food donations for malnourished children worldwide. UNICEF Kid Power Band, $40, in blue, black, orange, and green, target.com. Turn the page for more

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Start days on a positive note with these mugs and Mason jars. Weight Watchers mug, $10, weight watchers.com/shop. The Love Bomb Co. mugs, $16–$18, Mason jars, $13–$14, thelovebombcompany.com.

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10 RELAX Let the sweet, calming aromas of the teas in this gift set encourage relaxation and reflection. Weight Watchers Trio Tea Set and Tea Tumbler, tea set $10, tumbler $15, together $20, available Nov. 6, weightwatchers.com/shop.

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11 NOURISH Complete with blender and citrus attachments, this juicer delivers a daily dose of vitamins. Juiceman 3-in-1 Total Juicer, $120, juiceman.com.

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12 CREATE This knit kit is perfect for a crafty friend—or buy the beanie premade! Wool and the Gang “Say My Name” Beanie knit kit, $58, ready-made hat $75, woolandthegang.com.

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A doodle-ready chalkboard outer finish puts a creative spin on the classic slow cooker. Black+Decker Chalkboard Slow Cooker, 4 quart, $30; 7 quart, $40, blackanddeckerappliances.com.

14 HYDRATE Keep beverages at the right temperature. Steamy drinks stay hot for up to 6 hours and cold drinks icy for 24 (yes, we tried it!). Hydro Flask, in 12–64 oz sizes, $20–$60, hydroflask.com.

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OPRAH LOVES TO GIVE, TOO! As part of the Weight Watchers Better Together sweepstakes (ending Oct. 31!), entrants have a chance to win fabulous gift boxes, which include special items inspired by Oprah. Here’s a sampling of what was inside recent boxes: SPRING May & June Lucky winners in the spring received a spiralizer to make zoodles, a drink shaker for SmartPoints friendly cocktails, hot sauce for a flavorful start to summer, and herb kits to keep it fresh all season. 8

SUMMER July & August Fun in the sun was our theme: Winners received a sleek water bottle and a beach towel. We helped them stay motivated in August with a yoga mat, inspiring mug, and a bracelet!

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FALL September & October Autumn is a time to get cozy: September winners received adult coloring books and a soft robe. October winners will receive a cutting board to help them cook up a stew, and a scented candle.

Cut the cord with comfy and techchic wireless headphones. Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless headphones, $130, plantronics.com.

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editor’s letter

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This issue I want to keep things simple, so I, along with the editors, dedicate these pages to our 29 wonderful Members and the many more of you out there getting healthier, losing weight, and feeling good every day. You simply amaze us. We celebrate your experiences—your highs, your lows, and everything in-between. Keep enjoying the ride.

CELEBRATING AT SUCCESSFEST Weight Watchers members of all ages and at diferent stages in their journeys gathered in New York City this past summer to celebrate themselves at SuccessFest.

Celebration stations Guests inscribed their achievements on the gilded #Glowment wall, which was filled with milestones and non-scale victories. They had mini-makeovers done, created videos about their experiences with Weight Watchers, and let loose in our photo booth.

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Sophisticated bites Members enjoyed SmartPoints® friendly fare like lamb, feta, and cucumber noodle sliders and shrimp summer rolls, and cocktails like Ready, Set, Glow! (tequila, orange juice, cranberry juice, and cherry garnish) and Success and Soda (vodka, club soda, ginger ale, and mint garnish). After grabbing a snack, there was one thing left to do: dance the night away!

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PHOTOGRAPHY: (LANDSCAPE) GETTY IMAGES; (SUCCESS) SEAN T. SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY.

Embracing the new It was a night of jubilation as Members cheered their success on the Beyond the Scale program. Another reason to celebrate: Members have lost 15 percent more weight on the new program compared to the previous program!


Are you ready for an insulin that works around the clock that you can take on your time? • Only once-daily Tresiba® allows you to change your long-acting insulin day-to-day dose timing. If you miss or delay a dose, take Tresiba® as soon as you remember, then continue with your regular dosing schedule. Make sure there are at least 8 hours between dosesa • Tresiba® provides blood sugar control for more than 24 hours, with powerful A1C reduction • Tresiba® releases slow and steady, and works the way your body’s insulin does • Tresiba® lasts 8 weeks without refrigeration once in use, if kept at room temperature below 86˚F ® o Do not refrigerate Tresiba once in use

Ask your doctor today if you’re Tresiba® Ready.

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In two clinical trials, Tresiba® was studied at alternating dosing intervals.

• Do not do any conversion of your dose. The dose counter always shows the selected • Prescription Tresiba is a long-acting insulin used dose in units to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes • Know the type and strength of insulin you take. • Tresiba® is not for people with diabetic Do not change the type of insulin you take unless ketoacidosis your health care provider tells you to • Tresiba® is available in 2 concentrations: 200 • If you miss or are delayed in taking your dose of units/mL and 100 units/mL Tresiba®: ® • It is not known if Tresiba is safe and effective in o Take your dose as soon as you remember, then children under 18 years of age continue with your regular dosing schedule o Make sure there are at least 8 hours between doses • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health Do not share your Tresiba® FlexTouch® with care provider what your blood sugar levels should other people, even if the needle has been be and when you should check them changed. You may give other people a serious • Do not reuse or share your needles with infection, or get a serious infection from them. other people. You may give them a serious Who should not take Tresiba®? infection, or get a serious infection from them Do not take Tresiba® if you: • Never inject Tresiba® into a vein or muscle • are having an episode of low blood sugar • Never use a syringe to remove Tresiba® from the ® FlexTouch® pen • are allergic to Tresiba or any of the ingredients in Tresiba® What should I avoid while taking Tresiba®? Before taking Tresiba®, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, until including if you are: you know how Tresiba® affects you • pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are • Do not drink alcohol or use prescription or overbreastfeeding the-counter medicines that contain alcohol • taking new prescription or over-the-counter What are the possible side effects of medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements Tresiba®? Talk to your health care provider about low Tresiba® may cause serious side effects that can blood sugar and how to manage it. be life-threatening, including: How should I take Tresiba®? • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Signs and symptoms that may indicate low blood sugar • Read the Instructions for Use and take Tresiba® include anxiety, irritability, mood changes, exactly as your health care provider tells you to dizziness, sweating, confusion, and headache

What is Tresiba®? ®

Important Safety Information

If you need assistance with prescription costs, help may be available. Visit pparx.org or call 1-888-4PPA-NOW.

• Low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia) • Heart failure in some people if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs). This can happen even if you have never had heart failure or heart problems. If you already have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Tresiba®. Tell your health care provider if you have any new or worse symptoms of heart failure including shortness of breath, tiredness, swelling of your ankles or feet, and sudden weight gain Your insulin dose may need to change because of change in level of physical activity or exercise, increased stress, change in diet, weight gain or loss, or illness. Common side effects may include reactions at the injection site, itching, rash, serious allergic reactions (whole body reactions), skin thickening or pits at the injection site (lipodystrophy), weight gain, and swelling of your hands and feet. Get emergency medical help if you have trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion. Please see Brief Summary of Prescribing Information on the adjacent page. Needles are sold separately and may require a prescription in some states. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Recommended for use with NovoFine® Plus 32G Tip, one of the shortest, thinnest needles available.b b Tresiba® FlexTouch® can also be used with NovoTwist® needles.

Visit Tresiba.com or call 1-866-739-1875 for more information.

Available by prescription only. For adults only. FlexTouch®, NovoFine®, NovoTwist®, and Tresiba® are registered trademarks of Novo Nordisk A/S. Novo Nordisk is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk A/S. © 2016 Novo Nordisk All rights reserved. USA15TSM00175b June 2016

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Patient Information TRESIBA® (tre-SI-bah) (insulin degludec injection) This is a BRIEF SUMMARY of important information about TRESIBA®. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your treatment. Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about TRESIBA®. Do not share your TRESIBA® FlexTouch® insulin delivery device with other people, even if the needle has changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them. What is TRESIBA®? • TRESIBA® is a man-made insulin that is used to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes mellitus. • TRESIBA® is not for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine). • TRESIBA® is available in 2 concentrations: The 100 units/mL pen can be injected from 1 to 80 units in a single injection, in increments of 1 unit. The 200 units/mL pen can be injected from 2 to 160 units in a single injection, in increments of 2 units. • It is not known if TRESIBA® is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age. Who should not take TRESIBA®? Do not take TRESIBA® if you: • are having an episode of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). • have an allergy to TRESIBA® or any of the ingredients in TRESIBA®. Before taking TRESIBA®, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions including, if you are: • pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. • taking new prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Before you start taking TRESIBA®, talk to your healthcare provider about low blood sugar and how to manage it. How should I take TRESIBA®? • Read the Instructions for Use that come with your TRESIBA®. • Take TRESIBA® exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to. • Do not do any conversion of your dose. The dose counter always shows the selected dose in units. Both the 100 units/mL and 200 units/mL TRESIBA® FlexTouch® pens are made to deliver your insulin dose in units. • Know the type and strength of insulin you take. Do not change the type of insulin you take unless your healthcare provider tells you to. The amount of insulin and the best time for you to take your insulin may need to change if you take different types of insulin. • If you miss or are delayed in taking your dose of TRESIBA®: o Take your dose as soon as you remember then continue with your regular dosing schedule. o Make sure there are at least 8 hours between your doses. • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your healthcare provider what your blood sugars should be and when you should check your blood sugar levels. • Do not reuse or share your needles with other people. You may give other people a serious infection or get a serious infection from them. • Never inject TRESIBA® into a vein or muscle. • Never use a syringe to remove TRESIBA® from the FlexTouch® pen. What should I avoid while taking TRESIBA®? While taking TRESIBA® do not: • Drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how TRESIBA® affects you. • Drink alcohol or use prescription or over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol. What are the possible side effects of TRESIBA®? TRESIBA® may cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including: • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Signs and symptoms that may indicate low blood sugar include: o dizziness or light-headedness o blurred vision o anxiety, irritability, or mood changes o sweating o slurred speech o hunger o confusion o shakiness o headache o fast heartbeat • Low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia). • Heart failure. Taking certain diabetes pills called thiazolidinediones or “TZDs” with TRESIBA® may cause heart failure in some people. This can happen even if you have never had heart failure or heart problems before. If you already have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with TRESIBA®. Your healthcare provider should monitor you closely while you are taking TZDs with TRESIBA®. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new or worse symptoms of heart failure including shortness of breath, tiredness, swelling of your ankles or feet and sudden weight gain. Treatment with TZDs and TRESIBA® may need to be adjusted or stopped by your healthcare provider if you have new or worse heart failure. Your insulin dose may need to change because of: • change in level of physical activity or exercise • increased stress • change in diet • weight gain or loss • illness Common side effects of TRESIBA® may include: • serious allergic reactions (whole body reactions), reactions at the injection site, skin thickening or pits at the injection site (lipodystrophy), itching, rash, swelling of your hands and feet, and weight gain. Get emergency medical help if you have: • trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, confusion. These are not all the possible side effects of TRESIBA®. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. General information about the safe and effective use of TRESIBA®. Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about TRESIBA® that is written for health professionals. Do not use TRESIBA® for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give TRESIBA® to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. What are the ingredients in TRESIBA®? Active Ingredient: insulin degludec Inactive Ingredients: zinc, metacresol, glycerol, phenol, and water for injection. Hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide may be added. Manufactured by: Novo Nordisk A/S DK-2880 Bagsvaerd, Denmark For more information, go to www.novonordisk-us.com or call 1-800-727-6500. This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration More detailed information is available upon request. Available by prescription only. For information contact: Novo Nordisk Inc., 800 Scudders Mill Road, Plainsboro, New Jersey 08536, USA 1-800-727-6500

Novo Nordisk®, TRESIBA®, and FlexTouch® are registered trademarks of Novo Nordisk A/S.

Revised: 09/2015

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success secrets

CELEBRATE SUCC ESS

member spotlight This husband-and-wife duo inspired each other and became the active couple they never thought they’d be! AS TOLD TO ERICA TROPP

Robyn I’m a nurse practitioner for the military, and I encourage my patients to maintain a healthy weight. When I saw a photo of myself at one of our son’s basketball games, I was shocked. How could I instruct others to lose weight if I needed to myself? The next day, I joined online. Jimmy I’m a high school basketball coach and I was starting to feel sluggish on the court during practice. Robyn never pressured me to join; after seeing her success on the Program, I decided that this was something I wanted for myself.

HAVE YOU BOTH BECOME MORE ACTIVE?

“‘Colorado is one of the healthiest states. Now, we're a part of that!” —Robyn

QStay positive.

Robyn You have no idea! We go on lots of walks and runs together. They’re hugely therapeutic. Jimmy It helps that we live in such an amazing area; we have the mountains and so much natural beauty in our backyard.

Remember that every day is a new day—one bad day doesn’t mean the next can’t turn around. If you string together enough good days, you’re going to see results. —Jimmy QPlan your meals.

It’s a great time-saver. Your fridge will be stocked with all the right ingredients, and you’ll stay away from the junk food. —Robyn

HOW HAVE YOU AFFECTED EACH OTHER’S JOURNEY? Jimmy I am so grateful that I had Robyn by my side—no envy, all support, and even a little bit of helpful, friendly competition. Robyn Jimmy is like my battle buddy—someone that you’re always looking out for, who's always looking out for you. And we came out victorious.

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GET MORE Hear Robyn and Jimmy tell their story in their own words at weightwatchers .com/us/robynjimmy.

QSplit it up. Dividing

responsibilities makes our lives easier. Jimmy does the regular grocery shopping and I do the cooking. It gives us great balance. —Robyn

*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1–2 lbs/wk. ROBYN AND JIMMY LOST WEIGHT ON A PRIOR WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAM AND SMARTPOINTS.

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Heading to a holiday destination that’s hot—both in temperature and temperament? Good news: You can soak up the sun and the atmosphere without the party penalties. These famous blowout locales feature healthy hotel programs that can help you stay on track. QLAS VEGAS The Spa at Red Rock’s Well & Being program includes cutting-edge fitness classes, spa treatments, and useful advice from nutritionists that you can implement when you return home.

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QMIAMI The W South Beach ofers yoga and a beach boot camp along with nutrition consultations from celebrity trainer Simone Cavalletti. Also try SWING, a rooftop Har-Tru (green clay) tennis court where you can ace your game while enjoying views of the Atlantic. QNEW ORLEANS The Loews New Orleans Hotel hosts a boot camp workout in its outdoor plaza. The Windsor Court Hotel’s guided running tours let you burn calories while exploring the city.

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PRETTY UGLY Now, where is that heinous sweater Aunt Hilda gave you a few years back? Time to break it out—National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is Friday, Dec. 16!

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Who says losing weight is no fun? 1. Calm the kitchen chaos. A small 2016 study of college-age women published in the journal Environment & Behavior found that study participants who experienced an out-ofcontrol event in a cluttered kitchen consumed an average of 65 more calories in cookies than people in tidier, less-stressful kitchen environments. Researchers concluded that a messy kitchen in combination with your mind-set at the time may influence your snack choices.

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Saying buh-bye to kitchen clutter might whittle your waistline.

2. Get up and walk. Sitting for eight or more hours a day may increase your risk for obesity and heart disease. But a new study published in The Lancet found that 60 to 75 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day (walking at 3.5 miles per hour) may help eliminate the increased risk of early death associated with prolonged sitting. 3. Go digital. A study from the University of Sydney assessed the accuracy of hand-based methods

(such as using a finger width) for measuring food portions. The hand method was pretty accurate—which may help you manage portions on the go.

4. Get personal. Need another strategy to stay on plan? Compared with those receiving conventional info, people who get personalized nutrition advice may develop better and healthier eating habits, says a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

An apple a day may keep the therapist at bay. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that increased fruit and vegetable consumption also increases life satisfaction. Study participants who upped their portions from one to eight per day had a psychological gain equal to that of moving from unemployment to employment.

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BABY, IT’S WARM OUTSIDE Or it will be if you get some fresh gear made with the most innovative cold weather fabrics. Deborah Williams, editor for the Outdoor Industry Association, gives tips on how to successfully layer for your winter workout:

Opt for three pieces. A base layer (very thin, next to your skin); an insulating or “loft” layer (holds in heat); and an outer layer (protects against outside moisture and wind). Having three separate layers lets you add more if it’s cold or rainy, or take something away if you feel too warm.

Know your fabrics. Synthetics wick away moisture but tend to hold odors. Organics, like wool, don’t get stinky but they don’t keep the sweat at bay quite as well. Can’t decide? Opt for a wool or cotton synthetic blend which gives fabric stretch, helps wick moisture, and dries superfast.

Consider the wet factor. Outer layers have “membrane technology,” which repels outside moisture, but releases inner heat and perspiration. The sweatier you plan to get, the more breathable you want your outer layer to be; the wetter the climate, the more waterproofing you should look for. Turn the page for more

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STRESSED? NOT TODAY! Here’s your official pass to sit back and put your feet up: Nov. 2 is National Stress Awareness Day. Watch a favorite movie, enjoy a warm cup of herbal tea, hang out with good friends, or hit the spa.

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Had a grueling day at your desk job? Instead of schlepping home and seeking solace on a sofa, try hitting the gym. A recent study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that exercise may help you eat less after a long day taxing your brain. Researchers found that people who exercised after doing mental work consumed fewer calories afterward compared with those who did likewise and vegged out.

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inspired giving The simplest gestures can change lives. Take note as these WW Leaders share the most fulfilling gifts they’ve ever received. AS TOLD TO MANDY RICH

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1. THE VALUE OF “I UNDERSTAND” “I love exercise, but my mom would say things like, ‘Running’s bad for your knees,’ or ‘It’s OK to skip your workout.’ Last Christmas, she gave me new gym clothes; I felt like she finally got how important it is for me to take care of myself.” —Christine Josephson

2. A NEW PASSION

3. THE REAL “ME”

“For 30 years, my husband wanted me to run with him. Not interested! Then, I saw an ad for a local Ladies Learn to Run class, which intrigued me. I had no idea that running could be a gift to both of us. We’ve now run together in multiple countries.”

“When I joined WW, I was a tired mom of two young kids, desperate for some ‘me time.’ A fellow Member told me about the airplane oxygen-mask analogy for self-care—you have to put the mask on yourself first before you can help others. Best advice ever.”

—Juliet Joseph

—Katy Weber

4. A NEW OUTLOOK

5. MY BEST SELF

“My husband gave me the book Simple Abundance, which explores how happiness and gratitude can be found in ordinary moments. I learned to enjoy the journey as much as the destination— which spoke to me while I was losing weight.”

“The best gift was something I gave myself: a second chance at life. When I decided to lose weight, I discovered how truly unhappy and uncomfortable I felt in my body. The confidence I gained allowed me to become my best self— inside and out.”

—Deborah Douglas

—Samantha Jannotte

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healthiest ever CHANGING FOR GOOD

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ASHLEY HORTON AGE 31 HEIGHT 5'3" LOST 122 LB*

To celebrate Ashley’s amazing transformation, WW brought her to New York City for a makeover that’s worthy of the red carpet. AS TOLD TO KATERINA GKIONIS STYLE REPORTING BY ELIZABETH BROUS I first realized that I was gaining weight in fifth grade. From there it spiraled out of control, and it became a big problem for me in high school. My weight afected everything—how I spoke to people, how I interacted with friends, where I went, and how I dressed. I wasn’t very outgoing; I had my little group of friends from orchestra and that was it. I didn’t go to my high school prom—the dress options were limited for my size. Over the years, so many of my family and friends suggested weight-loss options, but I couldn’t make the leap. I always found myself saying, “Don’t tell me what to do.” It had to be my decision. When my cousin asked me to be in her wedding party in 2013, I really wanted to make a change. I didn’t want to stick out in any way; my cousin is gorgeous and I wanted to look great, too. I had heard of Weight Watchers, but I didn’t love the idea of going to Meetings and discussing my weight loss in front of a group of people. I realized that OnlinePlus was the perfect option for me, so I joined.

Starting the Program The app was supereasy to use, so I got into a groove right away. It wasn’t stressful to go to a restaurant, since the SmartPoints value of so many meals is right there. I didn’t lose weight in the first two weeks, but I didn’t get discouraged. I stuck to it and I kept tracking my food. In my third week, I saw a loss—and I was excited to keep moving forward.

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“WHEN I GO TO WORK TOMORROW, EVERYONE WILL BE SO SHOCKED— I’LL HAVE TO WEAR A NAME TAG!”

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GET MORE Hear Ashley talk about the steps she took to get to goal at weightwatchers .com/us/ashley.

*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1–2 lbs/wk ASHLEY LOST WEIGHT ON A PRIOR WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAM AND SMARTPOINTS.


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PROJECT ASHLEY

PHOTOGRAPHY: PERRY HAGOPIAN; HAIR: JEROME LORDET; COLOR: GISELLE; MAKEUP: KATHERINE DORN; WARDROBE STYLIST ON SET: JASMINE CHANG. SCOTT MCDERMOTT (TIM GUNN).

Staying motivated When I started out, I knew I’d have a long way to go, but I focused on one day at a time. At first, 50 pounds seemed impossible. But I kept reminding myself that the journey was my decision— success or failure was my choice—and because of that, I just took of on the Program. I learned that you have to go one pound at a time, one point at a time.

When Ashley hit the Big Apple in search of an edgier style, we went straight to celebrity fashion guru Tim Gunn for advice. Gunn, the Emmy award–winning co-host of Lifetime’s Project Runway (now in its 15th season), best-selling author, and a regular presence at red carpet events, knows a thing or two about helping people put their best foot fashion-forward. His golden style rule: Never underestimate the importance of well-fitting clothes. “It’s very common for women who have lost a lot of weight to want to continue to cover up their bodies as much as possible,” Gunn says. “They often end up wearing clothes that are way too big. Instead, clothes should skim over the body—not too tight, but not too loose, either.” Check out Gunn’s picks for Ashley, below.

New “shop-portunities” Before, I felt like nothing looked good on me. I wore the same clothes constantly, mostly jeans. When there was a formal event, I wore dress pants. My clothes always looked a bit matronly because I was shopping in stores for older women. A new world opened up once I began losing weight. I’d be hesitant to go to the mall and try on new clothes, thinking they wouldn’t fit, but then I’d have to get a smaller size! Now I can shop at any store I like, and that feels so freeing. When I’m shopping for clothes, I pick something up and ask myself, “Would my cousin (who is my age) wear this?” If the answer is yes, I try it on. I remember the Christmas after I lost the weight, I wore skinny jeans, knee-high boots, and a long sweater, and I finally felt my age.

A new do I used to avoid calling any attention to myself. I wouldn’t have cut my hair short, because long hair supposedly helps elongate a larger face. Going into this makeover I kept an open mind, and now I love my new hair. It’s completely diferent from before—I haven’t had color in 10 years—and I love how it looks!

TUX, WITH A TWIST Ashley shows off her pretty new look in a tuxedo-style blazer over a girly, lace-edged camisole. “I love the look of a menswearinspired jacket paired with a feminine piece underneath,” Gunn says. “Look for a fitted jacket—one that’s not too boxy—with shoulders that start just where your own begin. The jacket shoulders shouldn’t extend too far out or be too narrow.” He also likes the camisole’s low-cut neckline on Ashley: “She’s young and has gorgeous skin—she can totally pull it off!” When it comes to jeans, Gunn suggests choosing a pair in a clean, dark denim for maximum slimming power. And he’s a huge fan of adding a fun pair of shoes in an unexpected color, like these deep green velvet pumps. “I feel so glam and sophisticated in this outfit,” Ashley says.

Coming out of my shell About a year ago, as my weight-loss increased, I made a transition: I started believing in myself, believing that I could do whatever anyone else was doing. I didn’t want my insecurities to hold me back anymore. I recently went to an anime conference for a weekend with friends. I wasn’t afraid to dress up in a character costume I made and get into the spirit. The fear was finally gone. And now, the fun is just beginning.

“I HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS.”

Ashley browses through the racks of clothing and heaps of shoes and jewelry at the photo shoot. “I’m excited to be able to wear clothes that fit my style—and my age,” Ashley says.

“I have definitely been making up for lost time in the shopping department!”

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A bold pink tunic flatters Ashley’s complexion, and a chunky necklace adds interest to the solid top. Her reaction: “I love this sweater! I’m used to wearing prints because they camouflage, so I was still a bit apprehensive about solid colors. But now I feel like I can wear anything.”

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JUST DO IT! Ashley’s major makeover began at New York City’s Pierre Michel Salon, where she had both style and color consultations with the salon’s top pros. Noting Ashley’s high cheekbones, style director Jerome Lordet decided to give her a graduated, layered cut that would show off her profile as well as add movement to her fine hair. He cut bangs to accentuate her pretty eyes and left the face-framing pieces on the sides long enough to tuck behind her ears. Next, senior colorist Giselle painted on subtle golden highlights designed to mimic the way the sun would naturally lighten Ashley’s hair. Bonus: Color expands the volume of the hair shaft, giving Ashley’s fine locks more body.

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Makeup artist Katherine Dorn started by applying just a touch of foundation and concealer. Next, she brushed contour powder under Ashley’s cheekbones, on her temples, and under her jaw line. She dusted a rosy blush on Ashley’s cheeks and a highlighting powder on her cheekbones. To accentuate Ashley’s hazel eyes, Dorn picked a plum-colored shadow, then swept on black mascara. For extra oomph, Dorn added a few individual false lashes. She brushed on a pink lipstick and added gloss for extra shine.

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MEET THE GLAM SQUAD Post-makeover, a superstylish Ashley poses with the team that created her new look. From left: makeup artist Katherine Dorn, style director Jerome Lordet, and senior colorist Giselle.

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Seafaring vacations are packed with fun, sun, and enough chow to feed every passenger for a year. Here’s how one woman navigated the high seas. BY ALISHA MCKINNEY

“What’s the motto on this ship? If you see it, eat it!” So declared our cruise director, via loudspeaker, as lunch (in the form of a stadium-size bufet) was served. I stood trapped between the build-your-own-pizza station and the ice cream sundae bar, and another phrase came to mind: Ruh-roh. We all know that cruises have the potential to be floating islands of weight gain. Yes, it’s possible to eat healthfully on a cruise—with new lighter menu options, state-of-the-art gyms, and plenty of veggies and fresh fruit. But between the “free” food (you’ve already paid for it, so you’d better get your money’s worth, right?), unlimited booze, and 24/7 room service bringing chocolate chip cookies on a silver platter—literally!—it might be hard to get psyched about salad. I admit it: I didn’t even try. And I work for Weight Watchers! I help create program materials for Members, so I know how this “eating” thing works! Since I had already prepared for a gain, I returned to dry land a little rounder but a whole lot smarter. Here’s hoping that all the “lightbulb moments” I had along the way may make it easier for you to stay on track on the high seas. 28

On the boat: The tenth bite will never be as good as the first. There’s a lot of food on a cruise. A lot. It was really hard to know when to say when. But I discovered that the food didn’t start tasting better the more I ate. And it wasn’t just my imagination: A study of 21 obese and 23 normal-weight women investigating a scientific concept called “sensory-specific satiety” found that the tasting pleasure of a certain food may decline as you eat it, particularly sweet and savory foods. Back on land: That info helps me notice when a food stops giving me pleasure and I’m just eating out of habit, which makes it easier to stop before I get full. On the boat: I am not a garbage can. It wasn’t until the last day of our voyage that I remembered a quote from my favorite WW Leader (shout-out to Hal!): I am not a

ri ise e the strength to look at, say, the mound of bacon on my breakfast plate and think, “You know what? I’m good.” Back on land: When I’m tempted by my kid’s leftover spaghetti, I just remember Hal’s motto. I’m not a garbage can, so why treat myself like one? On the boat: Sometimes it’s worth it. At Weight Watchers, I’ve learned I can eat anything—I just can’t eat everything. But sometimes, having that treat you really, really want could be worth it. Enjoying an ice cream bar with my son or a glass (OK, bottle) of wine with my husband while staring out at the ocean? Totally worth it. Back on land: Three-hours-old pizza in the conference room? Soooo not worth it. On the boat: Savor the memorable bites you can’t get at home. Some of the food on the cruise was absolutely delicious. (I’m looking at you, warm, sticky date pudding.) But most of it was just… food. Yes, a hot fudge sundae is awesome, but I can also find it practically anywhere. What’s so special about that? Back on land: When I go out, I now spend my SmartPoints on things I can’t get anywhere else, like a cup of freshly made clam chowder on Cape Cod. Instead of just a routine, eating becomes an experience. And experiences become memories.

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VANESSA ROSALES AGE 30 HEIGHT 5'2" LOST 25 LB*

News of a condition that could affect her future—as well as her son’s—inspired Vanessa to finally get healthy.

PHOTOGRAPHY: JOHN KERNICK; HAIR/MAKEUP: KATE MCCARTHY/ZENOBIA AGENCY; WARDROBE STYLING: ALLIE LIEBGOTT/ZENOBIA AGENCY.

BY ERICA TROPP

DID YOUR HEALTH SPUR YOU TO JOIN WEIGHT WATCHERS? It sure did. During my third pregnancy, my doctor told me I had gestational diabetes. I was devastated. He told me I had a 60 percent chance of being diagnosed with diabetes later in life, and my unborn son ran a huge risk of contracting the disease as well. I vowed to lose weight in order to be a role model for my children.

DID YOU START TACKLING YOUR BAD HABITS? Yes, right away! I

TAKE VANESSA’S ADVICE: QBe prepared. If I’m

going out to lunch, I check out the menu online or read reviews to find meals that accommodate my needs. QGet a buddy. I found mine on Facebook, through a local WW group in Boulder, CO. If I’m having a rough day, I’ll reach out and she’ll help me cope.

My kids

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eat better, too!”

QTalk and listen.

I discovered Zumba because one of the moms at my daughter’s soccer game suggested it. Asking questions, listening, and sharing ideas are key to figuring out what’s best for you.

GET MORE Hear Vanessa tell her story in her own words at weightwatchers .com/us/vanessa.

loved fast food, and I used to drink three or four sodas a day, and I cut down little by little to break those habits. After three weeks, I found that I didn’t crave soda anymore. That was so freeing!

HOW DID YOU GET MOVING? I started walking my dog more often and doing workout videos at home. When I heard about free Zumba classes at the local church I gave it a try, and I fell in love. Zumba doesn’t really feel like exercising—it’s a party!

HOW DO YOU FEEL? I’m so much healthier, physically and emotionally. According to my doctor, I’m no longer at risk for diabetes! I don’t get tired playing with my kids at the park. I’m also willing to take risks—I recently started my own cleaning business. I feel like I’ve won the lottery of life, and it’s everything I imagined it would be.

*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1–2 lbs/wk. VANESSA LOST WEIGHT ON A PRIOR WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAM AND SMARTPOINTS.

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President of Podiatry Associates in Baltimore and co-author of The Foot Book.

THE PROBLEM: FOOT PAIN

Long-term pain and inflammation might be reduced with platelet injections, which are extracted from your blood and shot into the injured areas of your foot. “Platelets have high levels of growth hormone,” a signal to your body to start repairing, says Kornfeld. In a small study of 30 people with chronic plantar fasciitis, platelet injections reduced participants’ pain by 46 percent. This treatment is good if you’ve maxed out on cortisone injections.

Your shoe type could be behind your hurt. High heels cause your calves and Achilles tendons to contract—a tightness that’s often a precursor to foot pain, says Rose. Flip-flops, clogs, and sandals aren’t much better: “There’s no arch support or heel counter”—a closed-in back—“to provide stability.” For walking to work and shopping, invest in cushioned cross-trainers or tennis shoes (which come in wide sizes).

SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT

TAKE A HEAL PILL Kornfeld says a combination of dietary supplements* might help boost healing. Some of his patients have had success with the following for plantar fasciitis: fish oil (600 mg EPA, 100 mg DHA), curcumin (500 mg), and bromelain (500 mg). “These may help the inflammation by detoxifying and repairing the area,” he says. He suggests taking each three times daily.

Is your pain a 6 (or higher) out of 10? Steroid shots may be the quickest route to relief. “Cortisone has an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect,” Rose says, “plus the trauma of the injection itself may kick-start the healing cycle.” Steroids also help break up any scar tissue in your foot, he adds. FYI: You should receive only three to four injections per year.

The soft tissue in your feet could develop tiny tears—hello, plantar fasciitis!—and the endless irritation that results may thicken the tissue. Why that’s a problem: “When you have a chronic inflammatory condition, you may not go through the normal stages of healing,” says Rose. The fix? Use a rolling pin, tennis ball, or frozen water bottle to give your arches a deep-tissue massage, which may help break up that scar tissue (and feel good, too).

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THE EXPERT: ROBERT KORNFELD, DPM

BOTH EXPERTS AGREE:

LOOSEN UP YOUR LOWER HALF Foot pain may not be caused by your foot. In a 2013 University of Seville study, people with plantar fasciitis had significantly tighter hamstrings and calf muscles than folks without it. Both docs recommend stretches. Two to try: Place the ball of your foot against a wall, then lean forward while keeping your knee straight and your heel planted on the floor. To loosen your hammies, simply stand up, bend at the waist, and try to touch your toes. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds; repeat twice a day.

*Always consult your physician before taking any dietary supplements.

ELEVATE YOUR IMMUNITY Your foot doesn’t stand alone.“Look at your pain from a more holistic point of view,” says Kornfeld. “Like the old song: The foot bone connects to the leg bone.” That means tackling total-body problems, such as stress (elevated cortisol may affect your immune system) or poor sleep (which may promote chronic inflammation). Fix these, and “we can facilitate healing since we now have a more responsive immune system,” he says.

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Two Christmases. Two Super Bowl Sundays. 104 weekends. 730 days. 2,190 meals. That sounds like a long time to stay at your goal weight, but doing so comes with a big incentive: People who sustain their weight loss for two years or more may increase their chances of keeping the pounds off for the long haul . That 's good news for folks who are striving toward their goals but worried about regaining . 36

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This encouraging info comes courtesy of an analysis by the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), the nation’s largest ongoing investigation of longterm weight loss maintanence. It is currently tracking more than 10,000 people who have lost—and kept of—an average of 73 pounds for five years. Still, media stories (and personal tales) abound with people who lost weight and then put it all back on—and then some. It does happen, and could lead people to think that maintaining weight loss is at best an endless battle or, at worst, impossible. For example, in early 2016 a small study in Obesity made headlines for analyzing results from the TV show The Biggest Loser. The study followed 14 former contestants who each lost an average of 128 pounds in 7 months (about 4 pounds a week). Over the next six years, they each regained an average of 90 pounds. The news that really set of alarm bells? The contestants’ resting metabolic rates (RMR), the number of calories they burn at rest, had fallen to such a low level it made them more susceptible to weight gain. Even six years later, they burned nearly 500 fewer calories per day, on average, than someone their size who had never lost weight. However, the study’s authors did indicate that the weight regain was not necessarily a direct result of the change in metabolic rate. It’s possible that other factors such as rapid weight loss and a decline in activity may have contributed. “This left a lot of people hopeless, like, ‘Why should I even bother losing weight if I’m predisposed to gain it back anyway?’” says Katie Rickel, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Structure House, a residential weight-loss facility in North Carolina. But there’s a simple reason your metabolic rate drops when you lose weight. “A smaller body requires fewer calories,” says Steven Heymsfield, MD, a professor at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. How much of a drop should one expect? Generally, he says, metabolic decline may be roughly proportional to the amount of weight lost—5 percent of body weight lost, for example, may mean about a 5 percent drop in RMR— or in some cases, even smaller than predicted.

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Gary Foster, PhD, chief scientific officer for Weight Watchers International, has co-authored multiple studies on weight loss and metabolism and cites decades of research for clarity. “While metabolism does indeed decline when people lose weight, due to a now smaller body, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the typical change is not nearly as extreme as what was shown in this one small study,” he says. In 1990, long before Foster joined Weight Watchers, he and his co-researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that obese women who ate a 1,200-calorie-per-day diet for nearly a year shed 17 percent of their body weight, with only a 9 percent decline in metabolism. Ten years later, a small University of Alabama study (which Foster was not a part of) found that dieters’ decline in resting metabolism was proportional to the amount of weight they lost; when they added exercise, they burned just as many calories per day as when they were overweight, despite shedding nearly 30 pounds.

As for the Biggest Loser study? Consider it an anomaly, Foster says: Reality TV–style extreme, rapid weight loss may be more likely to wreak havoc on your metabolism than a more conservative goal of losing 1 to 2 pounds per week. For the average person who’s lost weight, maintaining that loss may be mostly a matter of making lifestyle changes, or sticking with the changes that helped them lose in the first place. Healthy eating is, of course, essential. But here are some other suggestions that may help with lifelong maintenance:

Chart your course

Once you hit goal, Rickel suggests a once-a-week appointment with your scale to help you catch small gains before they turn into big ones (that’s another key to National Weight Control Registry participants’ success). To avoid unnecessary panic over little fluctuations, chart your weight; this helps you focus on the overall trend, not the week-to-week blips. Do you struggle to stick to your plan on weekends? Make Monday your day to weigh in, which may help you rein in your eating, says James Hill, PhD, co-founder of the NWCR.

encouragement. “Nobody says, ‘Hey, I’ve noticed you’ve done a great job maintaining!’” Rickel says. “The compliments stop as people get used to the new you, even though you still have to do a lot of the same work.” Research of focus group participants suggests that continued support may be critical to keeping lost pounds of for good. And sticking with the group that helped you hit your goal weight is a no-brainer, Rickel adds, since the familiarity helps reinforce the skills you’ve learned. Of course, as your goals evolve, so can your group: Recruit your Weight Watchers pals to try new forms of togetherness— like hiking, dancing, or healthy cooking classes. Make maintenance fun and you’ll make it last.

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Losing weight is one part of the journey— maintenance is the next. These three amazing Members have kept off their weight for six years or more.

Get moving

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Some of the most successful weight-loss maintainers use regular physical activity to help keep the pounds at bay. Of the thousands of people in the NWCR, 94 percent increased their activity while striving to lose the weight (the most common exercise among them was walking), and 9 out of 10 still work out for an hour a day, on average.

Age: 52 Lost: 102 lb* Kept weight off: 6 years

“I didn’t think I could ever make it to goal. But shortly after joining, I knew it was a program I could live with. I remember my mom asking me how long I was going to stay on Weight Watchers and I replied, ‘For the rest of my life.’ In the past, when I tried to diet, I’d start on Monday, fail by Wednesday, give up, and say, ‘I’ll start again on Monday.’ WW taught me that I could make a better choice with the very next meal!”

Allow for wiggle room

Forget trying to maintain at one number. Instead, establish a target range—say, 152 to 155 pounds— you feel comfortable with, Rickel says. For some people, this may also mean accepting a little regain. “We see people who lose 20, 25 percent of their body weight but find the maintenance behaviors aren’t conducive to the rest of their life,” Hill says. “They find a balance point where they can live a lifestyle they’re happy with and keep 10 or 15 percent of.” This is far from failure: Even a 5 percent weight loss may have significant health benefits, he says.

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Make snacking sacred

In a small University of Illinois study of female focus group participants who were successful in an 18week weight-loss program, diferentiating between planned and unplanned snacking was a factor in the women’s long-term success. Foods consumed to satisfy hunger (planned) were diferent from those eaten to satisfy cravings (unplanned). “I don’t even like to use the word snack,” Rickel says. “I prefer the term mini-meal.” This label helps steer you toward smaller portions of the same nutritious foods you eat at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, unlike grazing, “a mini-meal has a beginning and an end," she says. "You sit down, you eat it, and you move on.”

Stick with your meetings

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Age: 43 Lost: 84 lb* Kept weight off: 8 years

“My favorite saying has become, ‘One life, one body, one chance.’ That keeps me centered. That means that exercise and routine have become a huge part of my life, and probably will be forever. Some people might see tracking as a hassle after all this time, but to me it’s just life.”

Robert Keefer Age: 59 Lost: 58 lb* rs Kept weight off: 13 yea

“I ask myself a lot of questions when I’m around food. Will that be worth the SmartPoints? How will I feel about myself in the morning? Is the taste of that more important to me than my health? I am constantly reminding myself how good I feel being lean, and will weigh that against the allure of a sweet. So, I still enjoy my treats, but I keep them in perspective.”

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THE NEW HEALTHY: PART 6 Our six-part series investigates how we’re striving to embrace fuller, more inspiring lives. This final installment explores the power of art therapy.

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Do you doodle when talking on the phone? Have you ever broken into a spontaneous dance in the living room? Written in a journal to release some pent-up feelings? Each of those actions, in its own way, has affinities with art therapy. Art is a part of all of us. For thousands of years, artistic expression has been a cultural bedrock, and practices like chant and dance have been used to help promote well-being and help improve healing. Our ancestors may well have been onto something. Despite such a long history, only recently have studies emerged that support the potential health benefits of artistic expression. Combined with traditional medical care, formal artistic therapies that incorporate music, art, movement/dance, and the written word may help alleviate an array of conditions from high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer, to eating disorders, depression, and anxiety, according to a research review published in the American Journal of Public Health. Using words, songs, movements, or colors to make art just might be a positive addition to your own get–healthy action plan. Not only can tapping your imagination help you manage your stress, but it may also show you that there’s more to you than just your weight, illness, or health problem—a realization that could be healing in itself. You may be saying, “Me? I’m not creative.” Perhaps you were told growing up that you couldn’t draw or dance, but we all are creative beings. Even if you didn’t become an artist, it’s important to exercise your creative self without criticism. “We’ve created art for thousands of years; it’s part of being human,” says Donna Betts, PhD, president of the American Art Therapy Association. “Not everyone has artistic talent, but everyone has the capacity to be creative.” More long-term research is needed to find out if community and home-based treatments have the same efect as clinical therapy. Here, we’ll describe what formal therapy is like, and we’ll guide you to discover what form of creative expression really speaks to you, whether writing, dancing, acting, the visual arts, or music. And we’ll provide tips and techniques for bringing art into your everyday routine to help you have fun and feel good.

Dance/Movement What is it? Imagine flowing from one body movement to the next, linking your breath to those actions, in an efort to express yourself. It’s as if your innermost feelings are taking over your body—you move how you feel. Gleeful? You twirl. Sad? You slow down. “The creative process of dance/movement can lead to an emotional awareness that may deepen your understanding of yourself,” says Nancy Beardall, PhD, associate professor and program coordinator of dance/movement therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Dance/movement therapy can be experienced one-on-one with a therapist or in group sessions; in the latter, you may also benefit from connecting with others in your group. How it helps: Some of us lack self-awareness, thanks in part to a go-go-go lifestyle, Beardall says. Dance/movement therapy may steer you to the “why” behind unhealthy habits, help you be more mindful, and then potentially provide a way to deal with challenges. “Preliminary research in neuroscience reveals that establishing new neural pathways and patterns through dance may help support learning, growth, and development,” she says. Dance may help hone motor skills and coordination, too, and some research has shown that it may help lower dementia risk. Moving may help you get to know your body better, so you can be more in tune to what it needs, and if you work with a certified therapist, that self-awareness could help you cope with uncomfortable feelings. A therapist might also mirror your movements back to you, which is their way of communicating with you that you are being seen and accepted for who you are. That alone may be cathartic.

For example, if you’re dealing with a relationship issue, you might show—through movement—how you respond to your partner during an argument. Or if you’re wrestling with overeating, you might express through dance your experience with emotional eating. As one 2012 study from Swiss and Spanish researchers found, 18 obese women—with an average age of 45—who enrolled in a 9-month dance therapy program reported significant improvements in health-related quality of life, increased body consciousness (they became more aware of how their bodies moved), and a more positive body image (though they didn’t lose weight).

I dance it out

I’ve made a drastic shift in my ability to de-stress by introducing spontaneous dance parties into my workday—I just put on my favorite song and dance. It interrupts the spiral of negative thinking and anxiety. —Amanda Sowadski, 35, Minneapolis

Dance like Britney. “Dance therapy is for everyone because we all have bodies,” Beardall says. Plus, you don’t have to dance per se; this is about moving in a diferent way, not memorizing steps like Rihanna’s backup dancer. That’s handy advice if you feel self-conscious about your rhythm or have two left feet. Get artsy at home: You know the saying, “dance like nobody’s weightwatchers.com / N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 39


watching”? That’s exactly what you should do. Throw on your fave tunes at home, forget technique, and let yourself groove. Or consider attending a silent disco, where everyone wears headphones cued up to diferent music choices and gets down. There’s research suggesting that silent discos may foster social bonds (possibly due to stimulating the production of endorphins) and may even increase your tolerance of pain.

Art

What is it? You’ll use art—both creating something with your hands and savoring the finished product—as a potential way to address depression and anxiety, improve your mood, work through past traumas, boost resilience, and raise your self-esteem, according to

I’ve started drawing and painting

For the last year, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with work. So I started to set aside 15 minutes each day to sketch, color with pencils, and paint with acrylics. I’m more productive for the rest of my day. —Katie Dunlop, 29, creator of Love Sweat & Fitness blog

a 2015 research review published in Health Technology Assessment. Your tools? Think everything from drawing with colored pencils to painting with watercolors or sculpting with clay. How it helps: First, the act of making something with your hands— getting in tune with how the clay feels between your fingers, sketching out a line of trees—may relax and distract you from everyday problems. And the finished product might reveal a heck of a lot 40

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about your innermost thoughts and feelings. “My job isn’t to interpret what clients create, but to help them understand the meaning behind their work,” says Betts, who is also an associate professor of art therapy at George Washington University in Alexandria, VA. “Talking about their work empowers them.” One example: Betts might ask patients dealing with cancer, heart disease, or an eating disorder to draw their conditions in the contained setting of an art therapy session. Once that picture is in front of them, it may start to take on a life of its own. They can sit back, process what they put on paper, and use it as a springboard to work through tough emotions. The journal Psycho-Oncology reported a study of 111 women diagnosed with cancer, indicating that after 8 weeks of mindfulness-based art therapy, participants had a significant decrease in symptoms of depression as well as a boost in health and quality of life, compared with a control group that did not participate in art therapy. Paint like Picasso. “Many adults are told that they can’t draw, and that’s what holds them back. But this isn’t about ability,” Betts says. Get artsy at home: When you create, think about expressing yourself on the page by playing around with colors, mediums, and the images you draw. You can explore materials and activities like coloring, doodling, knitting, and making pottery, as all are great ways to relieve stress that don’t involve binge-watching TV. Not sure where to start? Get a big piece of paper and try splatter art (hey, no talent required!); walk into a crafts store and see what piques your interest (glitter paint! foam shapes!); or trace a plate on a piece of paper and add shapes and color outside and inside the line, to see where your imagination takes you. You can also sign up for a local adult art class (Yelp is a great resource for finding one). Betts loves The Dot, a children’s book that can help anyone loosen up and overcome their fear of creativity. Aim for 5 minutes a day of art exploration to help step away from the day-to-day and potentially refresh and recharge your batteries.


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What is it? Nope, it’s not therapy for actors. You can find drama therapists working in private practice, clinics, prisons, and programs for the homeless. The therapist’s main goal is using theater to bring about change to help deal with behavioral issues and mood problems such as depression and anxiety. It could be a group that writes and produces a community play, a small-group improv, or a one-onone session that includes acting with puppets. How it helps: You get to pretend you’re someone else—and that could be freeing, says Jason D. Butler, PhD, president of the North American Drama Therapy Association. “When you’re acting, your character is making choices and decisions, which allows you to explore possibilities without having to act on them. Through storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationships, expand and find flexibility in life roles, and perform the change they wish to make and see in the world.” Think of it as taking a test drive. Drama therapy allows you to act out what you’re feeling (that it’s time to break up with your boyfriend, say, or that you wish you’d behaved diferently in that horrible fight with your sister), and this may let you approach those tricky issues from a safe distance. “Often, your problems might feel overwhelming, but if those problems are wrapped up into a character or a story, you can dive into them in a way you wouldn’t be comfortable with in a face-toface encounter,” Butler says. “When you act, it’s a full-body experience, and things that you were feeling that you weren’t aware of have a tendency to come out.” An example? For a client struggling with depression, Butler might guide her in several ways: Butler could perform as a character and then discuss how the character’s situation is similar or diferent from the client’s, or he might put “depression” in a chair and talk to it. Butler might play the role of “depression” and he and the client would have an open dialogue, or he might pretend to embody depression. “It’s more powerful than simply saying, ‘I’m sad,’” he points out. Forget Meryl Streep. Even if you do have acting experience, it’s best to leave that at the door. Erase any idea of characters or roles you’ve played and start fresh. “Most humans have experience telling stories and have brought characters to life,” Butler says. “They may be apprehensive about doing this in front of others, but it’s probably less stressful than they think. They don’t need special skill.” Get artsy at home: The best way to start is to get in touch with your kidlike side and play. Let out all those silly voices you’ve got bottled up, pick up your kids’ toys and play with them yourself, watch your kids frolic and use their imagination—then follow their lead. When you adopt a more lighthearted attitude about life, it could be easier to let go of destructive thought patterns that have been holding you back, Butler says. Plus, playing and using your imagination allows you to enter a headspace rife with options and possibilities, which in turn can help bolster creative problem-solving.

What is it? You know the pleasure of getting lost in a book? This therapy takes it up a notch. Bibliotherapy is reading, thinking about, discussing, and expressing yourself through the written word to help you work through emotions or mental health issues. The reading can range from Emily Dickinson to comics; the writing can range from letters to journaling before bed. How it helps: You’ll use novels, short stories, essays, plays, or songs in therapy, but poetry may be especially powerful. “Poetry is filled with symbols and images that touch our souls,” says Wendi R. Kaplan, a licensed clinical social worker and certified poetry therapist in Alexandria, VA. “It allows you to look at yourself, others, and the world through the poem in a way that often expands your own perspective on life and enables you to make good choices.” For example, Kaplan might present a client with a line from one of Naomi Shihab Nye’s poems, “before you know kindness … you must know sorrow.” She would challenge them to ask, “How does that touch me? How does it speak to me?” This process potentially leads

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We’ve got your weekend plans: Visit a museum, like the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia or the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. There are bona fide benefits to being in the presence of art—whether you love classical painters or contemporary works, says Donna

Betts, PhD, president of the American Art Association. Not only could art act as a springboard that inspires you to create your own, but “art as an experience focuses visitors to pay attention to the emotions evoked by the exhibit,” writes Jordan Potash, PhD, in Foster-

ing Empathy Through Museums. It may challenge your perspectives and could help strengthen your understanding of people, potentially increasing your compassion. You might walk away knowing yourself and others better. Now, that’s worth the price of admission.

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clients to breakthrough moments, she says. Perhaps the poem verbalizes your thoughts in a way that you could never put into words, or it calls up unacknowledged emotions, like how you feel unappreciated by your friends, or how criticism from your boss hurts you. In more serious situations, as with people dealing with depression, a poem might ofer a ray of hope in conveying that someone else feels the same way. “A good poem is complex, just like us,” Kaplan says. “None of us is chocolate or vanilla. We’re a swirl. Poems reflect our complexity.” When it comes to something like body image, getting more in touch with your thoughts and feelings through a poem will help you see the interesting intricacies within yourself. That leads you to the realization that it’s more about who you are on the inside than on the outside, which may lift your self-esteem. Channel Shakespeare. Words and poems can be so powerful, they speak to all of us if we truly listen. Get artsy at home: Read a book or dive into some poetry. But make sure you’re doing it out of enjoyment—and rather than picking apart what the author is trying to say (à la high school English class), ask yourself what the words mean to you, Kaplan says. Expand your own personal library (print or digital, your choice) by looking up a book of poetry you already love on Amazon and using the “also bought” feature to guide you to a new, like-minded author. Or start by revisiting a beloved childhood poem, like A. A. Milne’s Halfway Down. As you read, ask yourself, “What is this saying to me today?” Also try journaling: Jot down your worries—then let them go. Or problem solve. Or write your answer to this question: “Who am I?” Set a timer for 5 minutes and just write whatever pops into your mind. Dash of an unsent letter to someone you’re mad at or with whom you have unresolved issues. Or take a line from a poem and use it as an impetus to start writing. You might be delighted and surprised at what you come up with.

I knit regularly and do needlework, too

I started knitting in my mid-20s to alleviate work stress. I also do needlework as well as rubber stamping to create handmade greeting cards in my free time. The crafts are very soothing and calming for me. —Melissa Miller, 52, Anaheim, CA

Music

What is it? Listening to Adele could certainly lift you up after a bad day, but music therapy goes beyond that to include songwriting, making music, and moving to the beat. “Engaging with music on multiple levels may enhance its benefits,” says Lori F. Gooding, PhD, assistant professor of music therapy at Florida State University. “Music therapists use music interventions to address their clients’ cognitive, emotional, physical, and social needs.” How it helps: “Neurologically, we respond diferently to music than to noise,” Gooding explains. “Singing or playing music that you like activates the reward system in the brain, which is the mechanism that releases feel-good endorphins.” Listening to pleasant music also turns down the emotional hub of your brain—the amygdala—to help calm you during stressful times, like when your boss throws a huge project on your desk (at 4:30 on a Friday, natch). In turn, your body may respond physiologically. According to a literature review, heart rate and breathing patterns could increase or decrease depending on the tempo and type of music, which potentially might change how you’re feeling (happy, relaxed) at any given 42

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time, Gooding notes. That might explain the instant mood boost you sometimes get when your favorite song pops up on Spotify, and is one reason music therapy has been used to treat anxiety, regulate emotions, and even diminish physical pain. In a formal therapy session, you might read song lyrics and apply them to your life, rewrite that song to make it more relatable to you, and use it to develop coping strategies. The song could become a positive trigger to help you deal with whatever challenges you face. And music can touch the lives of anyone at any age: Music therapists use it to help preemies learn to self-soothe and feed, teach kids about healthy eating habits, and help Alzheimer’s patients connect with their families. Sing like Katy. “As humans, we are inherently musical. No other species responds to music like we do,” Gooding says. “We are the only ones to create and appreciate music for pleasure, enjoyment, and entertainment.” Get artsy at home: While a therapist won’t be guiding you, you can employ their methods (think DIY) one of two ways. First, exercise to upbeat music. The tempo may prod you to move faster as your body lines up in sync with the rhythm. Plus, you could be more motivated and go longer and harder because you are being distracted from the task at hand. Aim to walk, jog, or climb the stair stepper for a certain number of song lengths, increasing each week. Second, try what’s called “music-assisted relaxation,” in which you pair relaxation techniques with music. So you might breathe deeply or imagine a peaceful place while listening to comforting music. Before bed, you can turn on tunes while you tense and relax your muscles, which could help you wind down and snooze better. The music you choose is up to you (tastes vary widely), but it helps if you find it soothing and it contains no lyrics (they can be distracting). If you need help, Gooding suggests searching YouTube for “music-assisted relaxation” programs. A great example is Healing Blue Sky: Music Assisted Relaxation, by board-certified music therapists Christian Nielsen and Dawn Miller, available on Nielsen’s YouTube channel. Finally, don’t be afraid to bust out music on your own. If you took piano lessons in your youth, try your hand at a familiar song. New to music making? Everyone can drum—especially if it’s to your own beat. Consider it a (very satisfying) way to release anger and stress.

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Because the goal is to capture the flag—not pummel your opponent—you’ll protect your head. “There’s a pretty low chance of a concussion since there’s no tackling involved,” says Nicole Herbert, coach for the New Jersey Fire, a women’s flag football team. “Most injuries are from running, like a pulled hamstring.”

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You may torch more than 450 calories a game (about 300 calories per 30 minutes). “It’s a high-intensity sport that requires you to stop and go, which uses your fast-twitch muscles needed for sprinting,” says T.J. Green, a Chelsea Piers Connecticut trainer and former pro player.

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In the absence of tackles, flag football becomes about finesse. You need to outwit people, which means moving your feet and hands well, Herbert says. Try this drill to build agility: Place four markers (rocks or cones) about 2 yards apart and shule from left to right to one marker, then from right to left to the other, and so on.

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In the 2014–2015 school year, more than 9,000 high school girls were on school teams, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. In Florida, the number of high school girls playing the sport increased 481 percent over 12 years. Find an adult league at iwffa.com or zogsports.com.

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SHINE OF THE TIMES Steal the spotlight in a sequined number, as did WW member Kathy Petrullo, who recently lost 18 pounds.* Since dropping the weight, the 51 year old says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to hide herself anymore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really into glittery things, and I feel more confident wearing them now.â&#x20AC;? Ä&#x2018;ĆŤ/!-1%*! ĆŤ&'!0Ä&#x152;ƍĸÄ&#x160;Ä&#x2030;Ä&#x152;ĆŤ3 *5Ä&#x2039;+)Ä&#x17D;ĆŤ( ĆŤ25ĆŤ ,*0/Ä&#x152;ƍĸÄ&#x192;Ä&#x2020;Ä&#x152;ĆŤ+( *25Ä&#x2039;+)Ä&#x17D;ĆŤ !/%#*!.ĆŤÄĄ/$%.0Ä&#x152;ƍĸÄ&#x2021;Ä&#x20AC;Ä&#x152;ĆŤ .ÄĄ shalls; Bajalia cuff bracelet, $79, bajalia.com; Jennifer

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HOT SPOTS This leopard-print skirt gets a sophisticated twist in a slim pencil silhouette. “I’m going to go out and buy one!” declares WW member Cherrie Sludock, who has lost 39 pounds.* “Before I lost the weight, I avoided anything form-fitting or any patterns that made me stand out,” says the 29 year old. “Now, when I’m at a party, you can’t keep me out of a photo!”

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Build a flawless foundation for your outfit by wearing the right undergarments. Visit a bra expert (at a lingerie store or your local department store) to get measured for a well-fitting bra. Wearing a clingy dress or top? Shapewear tanks or wide-back bras with compression fabric can help flatter. Another key pick: seamless, nude panties with flat, laser-cut edges that prevent panty lines. OSAVE YOUR SOLES:

GO FAUX Channel your inner starlet with a touch of fake fur, either as a collar, scarf, or jacket. “This vest makes me feel super glamorous!” says WW member Sheri Friedman, 43, who has lost 39 pounds.* “I’m getting used to seeing my old self emerge again, and it’s nice to celebrate that!” $%0!ƫ+1/!ƫ('ƫ .'!0ƫ2!/0Čƫ $200, whbm.com; Marled by Reunited (+0$%*#ƫ/3!0!.ČƫĸĈĉČƫ(/0((ċ+)Ďƫ ƫ

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It’s tempting to load up on an arm party of bangles, a statement choker, and chandelier earrings, but keep in mind that less is often more: Pare down to one or two unique accessories that really make your outfit. OBE READY IN A CLUTCH:

Pack your evening bag with a personal style emergency kit (compact or mini-mirror, cotton swabs, blotting papers, breath mints, mini-hairspray, BandAids, hairpins, etc.). OMANAGE YOUR ASSETS:

A FINE PRINT No need to do yourself a solid this season: Colorful prints make a splashy entrance. “I feel good wearing colors and prints again—everything I had in my closet before was black,” says WW member and new mom Stephanie Gozalof, 32, who’s lost 47 pounds.* “I love the way this dress shows of my waistline.” **ƫ5(+.ƫ .!//ČƫĸāĈĊČƫ**05(+.ċ+)Ďƫ Bajalia bracelets, $69 for a set of black * ƫ#+( ƫ*#(!/Čƫ&(%ċ+)ċ

Find a silhouette that flatters your best feature, whether it’s your hourglass figure (a fit-andflare silhouette or an eye-catching belt), your shapely stems (a mini or cropped ankle-length pants), your toned triceps (anything sleeveless), or your alluring décolletage (scoop neckline and V-necks).

*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1–2 lbs/wk. MEMBERS LOST WEIGHT ON A PRIOR WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAM AND SMARTPOINTS.


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DECK YOUR DIGITS The “it” color for holiday nails: all shades of gold, from yellow to rosy. Can’t decide? Pick one for your fingers and another for your toes. (Slip on a pair of peep-toe heels to show ’em of!) Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Terra-Coppa, $10, drugstores; Essie Nail Polish in Getting Groovy, $9, essie .com; OPI Nail Lacquer in Five-and-Ten, $10, ulta.com.

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Contouring. Ombré. Strobing. These high-concept beauty maneuvers may be a bit over-the-top for the rest of the year, but they’re dazzling in December—and you don’t have to be a Kardashian to pull them of. Try these pro tips and on-trend ideas to nail your holiday-party style.

CULTIVATE CONTOURING Score a sculptedlooking visage with these steps: Apply foundation and dust on translucent powder. Next, apply a matte powder that’s two to three shades darker than your skin tone just underneath the tops of your cheekbones. Use a makeup brush to blend. 50

LIGHT IT UP Strobing is fancy makeup-artist speak for highlighting parts of your face to achieve a pretty, soft-focus glow. Apply a shimmery, champagnecolored powder or cream to the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and on your brow bones, then blend.

STAY GOLDEN The bold gold lipstick seen on the runways may be too trendy for real life, but you can score a more wearable version by slicking on a gilded gloss over your favorite lip color.

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Steal this cool dark-to-light lip trick from the beauty bloggers. What you’ll need: two lip products in graduated shades of the same color (this double-ended lip pencil makes things easy). Apply the darker shade at the lip line, and the lighter one at the center. Use a lip brush to blend the colors where they meet.

GLEAM ON Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a bit of sparkle. The only rule: Less is more when dabbling in glittery shadow or liner, so limit the luster elsewhere on your face to avoid being mistaken for the Times Square crystal ball. Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Gems & Jewels, $14, Target and target.com.

ADORN YOUR DO To add an unexpected dash of retro-chic, trade your statement necklace for an embellished barrette or bobby pin. Charming Charlie Regal Shine Hair Comb, $13, and Stardust Hairpins, $6, charmingcharlie.com; Downton Abbey bobby pin set, $24, kohls.com.

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Flaunt a shorter hemline—and newly toned calves and thighs— at your next holiday party. “This challenging fiveminute workout could help strengthen your legs and might just have you walking around the rest of the day feeling great,” says Kimberly Spreen-Glick, senior program director for EMPOWER! for Life Time Fitness. “Strong legs may also translate into standing tall.” Get started with SpreenGlick’s workout on the next page. Begin with two sets of 15 reps of each exercise (for the lunges and leg raises, do 10 reps on each leg) during weeks one and two. As you get stronger, add in a third set (half on one leg, half on the other) during weeks three and four.

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Stand with your arms at your sides, your feet under your shoulders, and toes slightly turned out. Bend your knees and drop your hips until they are slightly lower than your knees, reaching arms forward. Keep your shoulders back, spine long, and chest lifted; hold for 2–3 seconds. Return to start while engaging your butt muscles. Repeat. Modification: Is the deep squat too challenging? Keep your squat shallow and/or hold on to a chair or wall.

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Holding on to a chair, stand tall with your feet hip-width apart. Shift weight to a slightly bent left leg and slowly lift your right leg out to 45 degrees, engaging your glutes and core. Return to start and repeat. Modification: Make the move harder by holding the extended leg at the top for a breath or two.

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Once I’d lost 150 pounds, I started a food blog and YouTube channel, Julie’s Weight Watchers Journey, where I cook meals and offer kitchen tips. I wanted to demonstrate that you can follow the WW program without being a gourmet cook. Plus, my followers keep me accountable!”

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FRANCIE TAYLOR 58, WW Leader, Apple Valley, MN, 5'6", lost 38 lb*

My wife and I used to watch everyone else do adventurous things. But that changed after we lost weight. We took a trip to California, hiked the trails at Big Sur, climbed to the top of a lookout with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and rode bikes along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Now, we have family adventures, too!”

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I’ve been a plus-size model for almost six years. I was confident before, but I’m even more confident now. I want to pass this on to young girls, so I work with a charity to speak to them about self-esteem and bullying. It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to teach these lessons to young women.”

TIFFANI ROBERTSON 32, Country Club Hills, IL, 5'8", lost 52 lb*

The power of five is an unbelievable force! We five sisters created the Cabo 100 Challenge. We pledged to lose 100 pounds collectively by our Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, vacation in June—and we beat our goal by 37 pounds!”

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65, Kearney, MO, 5'4", lost 15 lb*

66, Garland, TX, 5'7", lost 26 lb*

67, Mogadore, OH, 5'3", lost 35 lb*

56, Spencer, WV, 5'7", lost 35 lb*

60, Overland Park, KS, 5'5", lost 26 lb*

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I tried spin classes and core strengthening at the local YMCA, but I fell in love with weight lifting. I’m in better shape at 47 than I was at 27.”

JENNIFER LANE 47, Round Rock, TX, 5'7", lost 66 lb*

I’ve been able to maintain my weight for the past 12 years! I get to run after my grandchildren, take long walks, enjoy the beauty of nature, and just be happy.”

When I weighed 500 pounds, I never imagined I could be where I was last summer: on The Dr. Oz Show, talking about all the weight I’d lost! I wanted to help people of all sizes realize their healthy dreams and become their best selves. By sharing my story, I fulfilled that dream!”

ROSALIE COOPER 63, New Hyde Park, NY, 5'2", lost 63 lb*

JENNY DUNCAN, 35, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 5'9", lost 301 lb* After I’d reached my goal, I tried on my original 1970-issue Army uniform—and it fit better than ever. When I recently ran into a National Guard recruiter I know, he commented that I could probably meet their physical requirements— at 67 years old!”

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I shared my weight-loss story at a local women’s wellness expo called Woman Up! In the past, I never would’ve had the confidence to tell my personal story in front of hundreds of strangers—but I’m not scared anymore.”

ANDY DIPALMA 67, Clifton Park, NY, 5'11", lost 46 lb*

BRIANNA OLSON 36, Milwaukee, 5'6", lost 83 lb*

Since losing weight, I’m much more physically active—I even tried indoor rock climbing this year! It was definitely out of my comfort zone, but afterward I felt empowered and ready to take on my next adventure: a 5K obstacle run.”

I can’t believe I waited so long to feel so great. Now I take care of myself, I have my confidence back, and I’ve become a proper role model for my 9-year-old daughter.”

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45, Hamden, CT, 5'1", lost 82 lb*

38, Springboro, OH, 5'6", lost 87 lb*

*People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1–2 lbs/wk. MEMBERS LOST WEIGHT ON A PRIOR WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAM AND SMARTPOINTS.


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Choose large, firm, heavy fruit without blemishes, soft spots, or cracks. Look for shiny, taut skin. Color ranges from yellow to purple, and doesn't indicate ripeness. Store whole fruit at room temp for 1 week or refrigerate up to 2 weeks. Frozen seeds last up to 3 months in an airtight container.

pom squad Grace Young The pomegranate, immortalized in Greek mythology, is an oddity among fruits because we eat only the seeds, encased in jewellike capsules of juicy, tart-sweet scarlet flesh. The seeds (about 800 in the average fruit) can be eaten raw, made into juice, or used in cooking. Native to Iran, the Himalayas, and other dry regions throughout the world, pomegranates have been grown for centuries in my home state of California, which provides most of those sold in the US. Pomegranates are best and most plentiful in the fall and winter. I love the way these little gems light up my plate!

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ate seeds in a blender or food processor and pulse until juice is released. Strain out pulp. On the go? Roll a pomegranate under your palm on a counter, gently pressing, until you no longer feel seeds bursting; poke a hole near the crown with a chopstick. Push a straw into the hole to drink the juice. Repeat to release more juice and poke another hole if needed.

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CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED Pomegranate juice can stain! Lemon juice helps remove stains from skin; protect cutting boards by lining them with a sheet of parchment.

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ROAST PORK TENDERLOIN WITH POMEGRANATE SAUCE PREP 20 MIN // COOK 25 MIN // SERVES 12 The tart-sweet pomegranate sauce adds rich fruity flavor to the roast pork. 4 1½ 1 ½ 3 2 1 ¼ 1 1½ 1

tsp olive oil tsp salt tsp black pepper tsp curry powder lb lean pork tenderloin Tbsp fat-free chicken broth Tbsp dry sherry c pomegranate molasses Tbsp Dijon mustard tsp balsamic vinegar (about 9 oz) medium pomegranate, seeded, or ¾ c seeds (from supermarket) 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in oven; preheat to 450°F. 2 Combine oil, salt, pepper, and curry powder in a small bowl. Dry pork with paper towels; rub curry mixture on pork. Transfer pork to hot skillet; roast about 10 minutes. 3 Carefully turn pork using a spatula and fork—bottom side will be seared and browned. Reduce oven temperature to 400°F; continue roasting until pork reaches internal temp of at least 145°F, 10–15 minutes. Transfer pork to a platter to rest; place skillet on cold stovetop burner. 4 Add broth and sherry to pan; stir to loosen drippings. Stir in molasses, mustard, and vinegar—residual heat from pan will warm them through. 5 Cut pork into ½- to ¾-inch slices. Stir any juices that accumulate on platter into sauce. Spoon sauce over pork; top with pomegranate seeds and garnish with parsley. PER SERVING (3 oz pork, 1 Tbsp pomegranate seeds,

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2 Submerge the fruit in a large bowl of cold water, then break it open and pull the quarters apart.

3 Run your fingers over the seeds to loosen from the pith; the seeds will sink to the bottom.

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1 SUSHI-STYLE 2 SMOKED SHRIMP BITES SALMON CANAPÉ WITH WASABI AIOLI ON ENDIVE Combine 2 tsp light mayonnaise, ½ tsp sesame oil, ¼ tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, ¼ tsp wasabi paste, and ⅛ tsp minced ginger in small bowl; divide among 6 cucumber slices. Top each with a small piece of pickled ginger and 1 small cooked shrimp; garnish with chopped scallions. SmartPoints value: 3

3 PROSCIUTTOWRAPPED PEAR WITH BASIL Combine 1 Tbsp light cream AND BALSAMIC cheese, 1 Tbsp minced shallot, 1 tsp chopped fresh dill, and ½ tsp lemon juice in small bowl. Pipe or spread ½ Tbsp cream cheese mixture onto each of 4 large endive leaves; top each with ¼-oz piece of rolled salmon. Garnish with dill. SmartPoints value: 2

Slice a ripe but firm red Anjou pear into quarters. Cut ¾ oz prosciutto into 4 even strips; wrap 1 strip around each quarter. Drizzle with ½ tsp white balsamic vinegar; top with 1 Tbsp shaved Parmesan and 2 tsp finely chopped toasted pecans. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with fresh basil. SmartPoints value: 4

4 MEXICAN STUFFED 5 BACON-WRAPPED MUSHROOMS ASPARAGUS Put 8 cremini mushroom WITH DIJON caps on foil-lined pan. DIPPING SAUCE Season with salt and pepper; broil 3–5 minutes. In a nonstick skillet coated with nonstick spray, cook 1 minced shallot and ½ chopped poblano pepper on medium, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add ½ tsp minced garlic, ½ tsp ground cumin, ¼ tsp kosher salt, and 5 crushed baked tortilla chips. Fill caps evenly with mixture; top with 5 Tbsp reduced-fat shredded Cheddar. Broil 1 minute. Garnish with cilantro and hot sauce. SmartPoints value: 2

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut 2 slices reduced-fat bacon in half lengthwise and wrap 1 slice around each of 4 large asparagus spears. Tuck in bacon ends; place them on a rack set on a baking sheet, and bake until bacon crisps, 15–20 minutes. Combine 1 tsp each light mayonnaise and grainy mustard in small bowl; serve with asparagus. SmartPoints value: 3

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1 LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

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PREP THE SIPS AND NIBBLES

CHICKS IN BLANKETS MINI–MOROCCAN MEATBALLS WITH TZATZIKI POLENTA CAPRESE CANAPÉS ROASTED PEAR & BLUE CHEESE POLENTA BITES GOAT CHEESE TARTLETS WITH SPICED APPLE-FIG COMPOTE

3 ... 2, 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Staying home on New Year’s Eve can be more fun than going out—especially when family and friends join you. This easy menu of sophisticated but kid-friendly hors d’oeuvres ofers something for everyone: from Chicks in Blankets (chicken sausage rolled in phyllo) to tiny goat cheese- and fruit-filled tartlets using ready-made shells. It looks impressive, but with your kids pitching in, this spread comes together in less time than it takes the ball to drop (OK, not quite that fast).

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your recipes GOAT CHEESE TARTLETS WITH SPICED APPLEFIG COMPOTE PREP 20 MIN // COOK 15 MIN // COOL 10 MIN // SERVES 30

30 mini phyllo shells ⅓ c fat-free cream cheese, softened ⅓ c soft-type goat cheese, softened 1 large egg white 2 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, coarsely grated ½ c fig jam ⅛ tsp ground allspice ¼ c fresh mint leaves, for garnish

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange phyllo shells on baking sheet. 2 In medium bowl, using electric mixer, beat cream cheese, goat cheese, egg white, honey, and flour until thick and creamy, 5–6 minutes; spoon 1 tsp of filling in each shell. Bake until set, about 15 minutes; remove from oven to cool. 3 Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine apple, jam, and allspice. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until jam melts and mixture thickens slightly; remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Just before serving, spoon 1 tsp compote onto each tart; garnish with mint. PER SERVING (1 tartlet): 50 cal, 1 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 44 mg sod, 9 g total carb, 5 g sugar, 0 g fib, 2 g prot. SmartPoints value: 2

With little hands helping, the tray fills up fast!

kids can cook! Kids of all ages can help get this fun party ready. You know best what your own children can handle, but consider:

WITH SUPERVISION, LITTLE KIDS (AGES 2 TO 5) CAN:

SLIGHTLY OLDER KIDS (AGES 5 TO 10) CAN ALSO:

Q Measure ingredients Q Rinse herbs and vegetables Q Roll up the Chicks in Blankets Q Set out napkins and silverware

Roll the meatballs Mix the tzatziki, and the tartlet filling Q Fill the tartlets Q Set out dishes and glasses

AGES 10 AND UP CAN DO ANY OF THE ABOVE, PLUS:

WHICH LEAVES YOU TO:

Q Slice the Chicks in Blankets Q Prep the polenta canapés Q Man the oven Q Load the dishwasher

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Mince the herbs Q Simmer the applefig compote Q Supervise the prep work Q Talk with your kids about their hopes for the New Year Q

ROASTED PEAR & BLUE CHEESE POLENTA BITES PREP 15 MIN // COOK 18 MIN // SERVES 18

2 large ripe but firm Bosc or Anjou pears 1 (18-oz) package ready-to-eat polenta, sliced into 18 rounds Pinch salt (optional) 3 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese 3 Tbsp chopped toasted pecans 1 Place oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with nonstick spray. 2 Quarter pears lengthwise; cut each quarter into 9 pieces (36 pieces per pear). 3 Place pears in single layer on one prepared pan; place


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polenta rounds in single layer on other pan and sprinkle with salt (if using). Lightly coat both with nonstick spray. Bake until polenta and pears are golden brown, 12–15 minutes; set pears aside. 4 Top each polenta round with ½ tsp blue cheese; bake until cheese melts, 2–3 minutes. Remove from oven; top each with 4 pieces roasted pear and ½ tsp chopped pecans. Cool slightly before serving. PER SERVING (1 bite): 49 cal, 1 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 98 mg sod, 8 g total carb, 3 g sugar, 1 g fib, 1 g prot. SmartPoints value: 1

MINI– MOROCCAN MEATBALLS WITH TZATZIKI PREP 20 MIN // COOK 12 MIN // SERVES 18 MEATBALLS

1 lb ground lean beef (10% fat or less) 1 egg 3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley 1½ Tbsp finely chopped fresh mint 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 small onion, grated 1 ½ tsp paprika 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp salt ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp allspice SMOOTH MINT TZATZIKI

1½ 3 1½ 1½

c low-fat Greek yogurt garlic cloves, minced Tbsp lemon juice Tbsp chopped fresh mint

1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Place cooling rack inside rimmed baking sheet; coat with nonstick spray. 2 In a large mixing bowl, use

clean hands to combine all of the meatball ingredients—don’t overmix or meatballs will be tough. 3 Using 1 Tbsp mixture at a time, gently form into 36 meatballs; place on prepared rack in pan. Bake until browned and cooked through, 10–12 minutes. 4 Meanwhile, combine tzatziki ingredients. Serve with meatballs.

PER SERVING (1 piece): 62 cal, 3 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 204 mg sod, 4 g total carb, 1 g sugar, 0 g fib, 5 g prot. SmartPoints value: 2

PER SERVING (2 meatballs with 4 tsp tzatziki): 66 cal, 3 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 159 mg sod, 2 g total carb, 1 g sugar, 0 g fib, 8 g prot. SmartPoints value: 2

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CHICKS IN BLANKETS PREP 20 MIN // COOK 18 MIN // COOL 2 MIN // SERVES 32

8 sheets phyllo dough (13 by 18-inch each) 8 links chicken-apple sausage (3 oz each) ¾ c shredded reducedfat Cheddar cheese 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat baking sheet with nonstick spray. 2 Place 1 sheet phyllo on clean work surface with the long side toward you (keep the rest covered with plastic wrap and a damp cloth so it doesn't dry out); lightly coat entire surface with nonstick spray. Fold sheet into thirds (like a letter); lightly coat exposed surface with nonstick spray. 3 Place 1 link sausage at bottom end of phyllo; roll tightly. Trim excess dough; cut into 4 pieces. Transfer to prepared pan, seam-side down; repeat with remaining phyllo and sausages. 4 Bake until phyllo is golden brown, flipping once halfway through, about 15 minutes. Turn each chick in blanket on its side; sprinkle cheese over each; bake until cheese melts, 2–3 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.

NOTE: Serve with grainy mustard (optional).

ROASTED PEAR & BLUE CHEESE POLENTA BITES

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POLENTA CAPRESE CANAPÉS PREP 20 MIN // COOK 15 MIN // COOL 15 MIN // SERVES 18

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(18-oz) package ready-to-eat polenta, sliced into 18 rounds oz fresh mozzarella, sliced into 18 rounds medium basil leaves medium cherry tomatoes, halved Tbsp balsamic glaze Pinch salt Pinch black pepper

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1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat baking sheet with nonstick spray. 2 Place polenta rounds in single layer on sheet; lightly coat with nonstick spray. Bake until golden, 12–15 minutes; cool 10–15 minutes. 3 Top each round with 1 slice mozzarella, basil, and a cherry tomato half. 4 Drizzle with balsamic glaze; season with salt and pepper to taste. PER SERVING (1 canapé): 60 cal, 3 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, 118 mg sod, 5 g total carb, 1 g sugar, 0 g fib, 3 g prot. SmartPoints value: 2

POLENTA CAPRESE CANAPÉS

TWO-MINUTE NIBBLES Create an even more lavish buffet by adding any of these supereasy, superquick (and superlow SmartPoints value) options: QCucumber veggie shooters: An edible shot glass made from thick slices of cucumber, scooped out and filled with hummus (or tzatziki), with carrot sticks for dipping

QGazpacho served in regular shot glasses QJicama triangles topped with a dab of guacamole QBite-size pieces of celery filled with reduced-fat cream cheese and salsa

QTwelve grapes on a skewer: This is how they ring in the New Year in Spain! QStrawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate.

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CLASSIC: Canned green beans. NEW AND IMPROVED: We steam fresh beans (rather than boiling them, so they absorb the least amount of water possible), then pat them dry.

CLASSIC: Condensed cream of mushroom soup. NEW AND IMPROVED: This skillet white sauce uses low-fat milk, cremini mushrooms, and a pinch of ground red pepper.

CLASSIC: French-fried onions from a can. NEW AND IMPROVED: Crunchy bread crumb topping with sautéed shallots, chopped thyme, and grated pecorino cheese.

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4. 1. Cook shallot-and-bread crumb topping until golden. 2. Add cream sauce to sautéed mushrooms. 3. Cook mushroom sauce for about 1 minute more. 4. After combining sauce and green beans, sprinkle on bread crumb topping.

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE PREP 45 MIN // COOK 25 MIN // SERVES 8

1½ lb green beans, trimmed and cut in half 3 large shallots 2 tsp olive oil 1 c coarse, fresh bread crumbs* 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme ¾ tsp salt, divided ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper 2 Tbsp grated pecorino cheese 2 c low-fat (1%) milk 1 Tbsp salted butter 1 (10-oz) package sliced cremini mushrooms 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour Pinch ground nutmeg or cayenne

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a shallow 1½-quart baking dish with nonstick spray. 2 Put green beans in a steamer basket; set basket in a saucepan over 1 inch of boiling water. Cover tightly and steam until beans are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water. Spread beans on a large kitchen towel; pat dry. Transfer to prepared baking dish. 3 For topping, finely chop 1 shallot. Thinly slice remaining 2 shallots; set aside. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add chopped shallot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add bread crumbs; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in thyme, ¼ tsp salt, and 76

the pepper. Set aside to cool; stir in pecorino cheese. 4 To make sauce, in a microwavable measuring cup, microwave milk on High until hot, about 3 minutes; remove and cover to keep warm. Or heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat just until small bubbles appear around edge of pan, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and keep warm. 5 Meanwhile, melt butter in the skillet over medium heat; add sliced shallots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; increase heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour; cook, stirring frequently, about 1 minute. Add hot milk in slow, steady stream, stirring constantly; bring to boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook 1 minute; stir in remaining ½ tsp salt and the nutmeg. 6 Pour sauce over beans; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle evenly with bread crumb topping; bake until topping is golden and sauce is bubbling, 25–30 minutes. PER SERVING (¾ cup): 146 cal, 6 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 329 mg sod, 20 g total carb, 9 g sugar, 4 g fib, 6 g prot. SmartPoints value: 4. *To make the bread crumbs, cut 1½ ounces of a baguette into slices. Pulse in a blender until coarse crumbs form.

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holiday leftovers You’ll look forward to that overstuffed fridge, thanks to these creative ideas from Weight Watchers own food experts.

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STACK A SANDWICH Pile all your T-day favorites—stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, turkey, gravy—on a tortilla or a large lettuce leaf. Wrap and roll! —Leslie Fink ,

food editor

Spread whole wheat bread with light mayo and Dijon mustard. Add reduced-fat Swiss cheese and leftover turkey. Top with diced grape tomatoes and fresh arugula leaves. Ham also works well instead of turkey.

Turkey or ham makes the perfect base for a grilled sandwich, layered with leftover cranberry sauce or chutney, a meltable cheese, some red onions, and peppery greens like arugula.

Tacos! Leftover turkey is great with avocado, sliced radishes, and light sour cream. Serve on small corn tortillas with tomatillo salsa and a dash of hot sauce.

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CLT sandwiches: cranberry, lettuce, turkey, light mayo. —Carol Prager, recipe developer

STIR THE POT A turkey carcass is an excellent building block for making a flavorful broth for soup. Cook a little wild rice in the broth, then add shredded turkey and chopped escarole. Season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. —Lisa Chernick,

executive food editor

Instead of making a Bolognese sauce with beef and pork, I like to use shredded dark and white turkey. —Theresa DiMasi,

editor in chief

One of my favorites is a riff on a standard white chili using cooked turkey breast and chickpeas. I top it off with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. —Daniela Hritcu,

consulting senior art director

Start with any favorite white bean soup recipe, then add cooked turkey and thinly sliced kale for the last 15 minutes of cooking.

ADD EGGS I make an omelette filled with turkey, stuffing, and Brussels sprouts, and top it off with a spoonful of cranberry relish. It’s a cousin to the excellent Thanksgiving sandwich! —L.C. Frittatas are a perfect way to use up roasted vegetables. My go-to combo is cauliflower and onions. Start with any basic frittata recipe, and use whatever veggies you have on hand. —C.P.

I make a smashed veggie hash with

eggs. Just dice up the vegetables and add cranberry sauce, potatoes, and any side dishes you like! Brown it in a skillet, then hollow out spaces in the pan and add whole eggs in the spaces. Cover pan and cook over medium heat until eggs are cooked through. —D.J. Make a strata using leftover ham and cooked broccoli florets (check out the Savory Vegetable Strata on weight watchers.com as a great jumpingoff point). —E.R.

HOLD THE MEAT Mashed-Potato Muffins: Combine leftover mashed potatoes with eggs, chopped dill, diced green pepper, and reduced-fat Cheddar. Bake in mini–muffin tins at 375°F for 30 minutes. —D.H. Pureed butternut squash and white beans make a delicious dip. It’s great with crudités! —T.D.

Top a roasted sweet potato with cranberry sauce, and sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs. —L.F.

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THANKSGIVING QUESADILLAS PREP 10 MIN // COOK 12 MIN // SERVES 4

8 small corn tortillas 1 c shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese 4 oz cooked turkey breast without skin, shredded ¼ c cranberry sauce (leftover or canned) ½ c stuffing

1 Place 4 tortillas on a flat surface; sprinkle each with ¼ cup cheese. Top each with 1 oz turkey and 1 Tbsp cranberry sauce; crumble 2 Tbsp stuffing on top. Cover each with another tortilla; press down firmly. 2 Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray; heat over medium-high heat. Carefully place 2 quesadillas on skillet; cook until browned on bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip quesadillas; cook until browned on second side, about 3 minutes more. Remove from pan, transfer to a plate, and cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges. PER SERVING (4 wedges) 272 cal, 6 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, 323 mg sod, 36 g total carb, 7 g sugar, 4 g fib, 20 g prot. SmartPoints value: 8

—C.P.

Here’s an easy, light way to make turkey noodle soup: Boil diced carrot and celery in a good chicken broth for 5 minutes. Add egg noodles and simmer until just cooked. Stir in shredded leftover turkey, frozen peas, and a bunch of chopped scallions, and heat through.—E.R. weightwatchers.com / N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 79


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soup in seconds These instant homemade combos can go anywhere and satisfy any appetite. BY MELANIE MANNARINO

KALE AND WHITE BEAN SOUP Start with vegetable broth « add canned white beans « plus baby kale « sprinkle with Parmesan.

MEXICAN CHICKEN SOUP Start with chicken broth « add cooked chicken (diced or shredded) « plus canned or frozen corn, canned diced tomatoes with chiles, and black beans « sprinkle with crumbled baked tortilla chips or toasted pumpkin seeds.

INDIAN LENTIL SOUP Start with vegetable broth « add cooked lentils « plus garam masala spice, chopped onions, canned diced tomatoes « top with yogurt and fresh cilantro.

Go big (or little) Sometimes it's easiest to make a batch of soup ahead of time, then pour a serving into a thermal container to take to work each day. You can do that with any of these combos. But they can also be made in single servings on the fly right from your office fridge, as long as you have a microwave. Prep some ingredients at home (cook the barley, for example), then around lunchtime put together a cup or so of broth, a quarter cup of beans, and your add-ins. Microwave, dig in, and enjoy!

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BEEF BARLEY SOUP Start with beef broth « add cooked barley « plus cooked carrots, canned diced tomatoes, chopped celery « sprinkle with fried onions.

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MISO SOUP Start with miso broth « add cubed tofu or cooked shrimp « stir in sliced mushrooms and spinach « sprinkle with sliced scallions.


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This menu of slimmed-down Southern favorites from James Beard Award-winning author and chef Virginia Willis embraces the spirit of the holidays with old favorites and delicious surprises. hen it comes to holiday cooking, Virginia Willis walks a fine line between lightening up classics and delivering on everyone’s expectations. “Cooking for Thanksgiving is not just about the bounty of the meal,” says the author of Lighten Up, Y’all. “It's keeping everyone's psychological attachment to a particular favorite sacred.” Amp up the health factor while keeping holiday traditions intact with tips from this Southern chef.

Make invisible swaps. “Most celebration comfort

foods are really rich—there’s always more butter involved than normal, or an extra blob of cream. But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing: Trim a little here, a little there. For example, if a recipe calls for sour cream, I replace half with 2 percent or 0 percent Greek yogurt. Adjustments can be made without impacting the end result, and those small changes add up to a healthier dish.”

Use big flavors. “Fresh ingredients taste so much better. Buy fresh whole sweet potatoes, not a can of yams. And if you’re removing fat, add flavor

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somewhere else. I’ve made a shift in my cooking to really focus on that umami flavor—it makes your mouth happy. Sweet potatoes respond fantastically to going savory, and the pears in this recipe add sweetness for people who expect that.”

Rely on tools. “Instead of free pouring from a

bottle of oil when cooking, I use a food-safe spray bottle with a trigger, and I know that three squirts is a teaspoon of oil. I’ll squirt the skillet, then use a silicone brush to completely coat the bottom. The flavor truly doesn’t suffer no matter what you’re sautéeing. You get delicious results.”

Spread the love. “Pecans are a very traditional Southern nut. I find that leaving them out of a recipe is a miss, but you can use less by chopping them finer and spreading them out more. You take a bite and you get the hit of the crunchy pecan topping, but it’s a more healthful amount.” Choose wisely. “There are certain flavors that only come with the presence of butter. By the time you mess around to make a pound cake healthier—using whole wheat flour, less sugar and butter—it’s not going to taste like Mama’s. I won’t pass up something that’s delicious just for the sake of saving a few calories. Instead, I’ll adjust my portion size and increase my exercise.”


A Plate to Remember By substituting fat with flavor, post-feast fatigue won't weigh you down.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pears

Quick OrangeCranberry Relish

Brussels Sprouts with Raisins and Pecans


Roast Turkey Breast

Mushroom Gravy

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Roast Turkey Brussels Breast Sprouts with Raisins and Pecans

PREP 20 MIN // COOK 1 HR 15 MIN // REST 15 MIN // SERVES 12

4 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch lengths 2 sweet onions, sliced

¼ cup white wine

NOTE Recipes from Lighten Up, Y’all,

by Virginia Willis, have been modified by Weight Watchers with permission.

4 garlic cloves, mashed into a paste with a pinch of salt 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped

10 fresh sage leaves, chopped 2 (2½-lb) bone-in turkey breasts, with skin

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. 2 Place the celery, onion, and wine in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Combine the garlic, thyme, and sage. Loosen the skin from the meat gently with your fingers and smear the garlic-herb paste directly on the meat; place on the bed of vegetables. Transfer to the oven and cook until the temperature reaches 165°F when measured with an instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

3 Transfer the meat to a cutting board, preferably with a moat, and tent with aluminum foil. Let the meat rest and the juices redistribute for 15 minutes. Slice ½-inch thick and place on a warmed serving plate. Drizzle with some of the pan drippings. Reserve vegetables for another use, if desired. PER SERVING (3 oz turkey): 234 cal, 11 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 102 mg sod, 3 g total carb, 1 g sugar, 1 g fib, 29 g prot. SmartPoints value: 5 NOTE: Each 2½ lb bone-in turkey breast yields about 1½ lb meat with 1 lb bones, as well as 2 cups of vegetables/drippings mixture after cooking.

PREP 20 MIN // COOK 15 MIN // SERVES 12

2 tsp olive oil 2 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed, sliced ⅛-inch thick 1½ tsp coarse kosher salt, or to taste ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 6 large garlic cloves, halved 2 c canned reduced-fat, low-sodium chicken broth ¼ c golden raisins, chopped 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ¼ c chopped pecans

1 Heat oil in a large skillet over mediumhigh heat until shimmering. Add sprouts and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sprouts begin to char and are still bright green, about 3 minutes. 2 Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 45–60 seconds. Add broth and raisins; cook, stirring occasionally, until pan is nearly dry and sprouts are just tender, 8–10 minutes. Add vinegar and pecans; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if desired; serve warm. PER SERVING (½ cup): 71 cal, 3 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 341 mg sod, 11 g total carb, 4 g sugar, 3 g fib, 4 g prot. SmartPoints value: 1


Roasted Sweet Mushroom Potatoes Gravy and Pears PREP 10 MIN // COOK 13 MIN // SERVES 16

PREP 20 MIN // COOK 30 MIN // SERVES 12

4 large sweet potatoes, sliced, or 1 lb small sweet potatoes, cut ¼-inch thick 3 pears (such as Bosc), cored and cut ¼-inch thick 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour 1 lb mixed mushrooms (such as cremini, chanterelle, morel, shiitake, and white button), sliced ½ tsp kosher salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 c homemade chicken stock or reduced-fat, low-sodium chicken broth

1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS; PROP STYLING: CARLA GONZALEZ-HART.

1 tsp sherry vinegar 2 oz crumbled blue cheese

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine potatoes and pears in a 2-quart gratin dish or an ovenproof skillet. Pour butter over potatoes and pears, sprinkle with thyme leaves, and season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. 2 Transfer to oven; bake until potatoes are tender, gently stirring once, 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle with vinegar, and sprinkle with cheese; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if desired; serve immediately. PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 139 cal, 3 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, 267 mg sod, 26 g total carb, 8 g sugar, 4 g fib, 3 g prot. SmartPoints value: 4 NOTE: Consider covering the dish while baking so potatoes will cook faster.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and stir to combine. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Whisking constantly, add the stock mixture to the roux. Bring to a boil over mediumhigh heat, stirring constantly, and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. PER SERVING (2 Tbsp): 14 cal, 1 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 130 mg sod, 1 g total carb, 0 g sugar, 0 g fib, 1 g prot. SmartPoints value: 0

Quick OrangeCranberry Relish PREP 20 MIN // CHILL 30 MIN // SERVES 12

Finely grated zest of 1 orange 1 orange, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped 1 jalapeño chile, cored, seeded, and chopped ⅓ c sugar 1 (12-oz) bag fresh or frozen cranberries (about 3 c) ¼ c walnut halves ¼ tsp kosher salt, or to taste Pinch freshly ground black pepper (optional)

1 Place zest, orange, and jalapeño in bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade; pulse until finely chopped. Add sugar and cranberries; continue to pulse until berries are coarsely chopped. 2 Add walnuts; pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if using. Allow relish to chill for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days. Serve chilled or at room temperature. PER SERVING (1/4 cup): 58 cal, 2 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 41 mg sod, 11 g total carb, 8 g sugar, 2 g fib, 1 g prot. SmartPoints value: 2

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Chocolate angel food cake is divine. But rest assured that vanilla would make an equally luscious dessert. Store-bought (or bakery-made) cake works well, and allows this scrumptious dessert to come together in no time.

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RECIPES BY LARAINE PERRI


SPICED PEAR AND P OMEGR A N AT E TA R T

FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS; PROP STYLING: CARLA GONZALEZ-HART.

This large-format, rustic, hand-formed tart is stunning. And it’s surprisingly easy to make. Keep the pears bright and fresh by adding them to the lemon juice mixture as you slice.

I T ’ S C E L E B R AT I O N S E A S O N! M A K E T H E S E S E V E N D R E A M Y, D E L I C I O U S T R E AT S YO U R G O -T O R E C I P E S F O R S E R V I N G , S H A R I N G , A N D G I V I N G A L L W I N T E R L O N G .


GINGERBREAD MERINGUE TA R T S

Like a dollop of sunshine on winter snow, these beauties will steal the show at your next dinner party or holiday meal. They're also excellent topped with dark berries and pomegranate seeds.

TIP For the best meringues, beat egg whites in a superclean bowl. Any soapy or greasy residue will keep whites from peaking. A quick wipe with vinegar will do the trick.

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APRICOT A ND PI S TACHIO RUGELACH

This iconic hybrid of cookie and cake is always welcome on the holiday dessert table. Other delicious filling variations to consider are chocolate and walnuts, or cinnamon and raisins.

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This big, beautiful meringue presents like a cake. Slice it into wedges after dinner and your guests will swoon. If strawberries or blueberries are more your thing, use them instead.

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PIZZELLE COOKIE CANNOLI

These are pure cannoli without being cannoli at all! Light and easy, plan-friendly pizzelles sub for the classic fried shell. Creamy ricotta, dark chocolate, and orange zest make the best filling ever.

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S t rawberry–A ngel Food Trifle PREP 20 MIN // CHILL 2 HR // SERVES 10

1 c plain low-fat Greek yogurt ½ c honey 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 (10-oz) package frozen unsweetened strawberries 1 (10-oz) store-bought chocolate angel food cake, cut in large chunks 6 c fresh strawberries, thickly sliced

1 Combine yogurt, honey, and vanilla in a medium bowl. 2 In a shallow dish, gently mash frozen berries and their juices. 3 Arrange half of cake in bottom of a large glass bowl; top with half of mashed frozen strawberry mixture and half of fresh strawberries, placing prettiest fresh berries against side of bowl. Spoon half of yogurt mixture over berries, beginning against side of bowl and working inward. Repeat layers. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 2 hours. PER SERVING (1 cup): 193 cal, 1 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 164 mg sod, 37 g total carb, 25 g sugar, 2 g fib, 10 g prot. SmartPoints value: 6

Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Tart PREP 30 MIN // BAKE 25 MIN // SERVES 8

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tsp sugar, divided pinches salt, divided tsp cornstarch tsp plus ⅛ tsp five-spice powder tsp fresh lemon juice tsp vanilla extract lb ripe Anjou pears (about 4) (13 x 18-in) sheets frozen phyllo, thawed Tbsp apricot preserves with ½ tsp hot water to soften preserves c pomegranate seeds

1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 2 Combine 2 tsp sugar and a pinch of salt in a small bowl; set aside. 3 Combine remaining 2 tsp sugar, cornstarch, ¼ tsp fivespice powder, and remaining pinch of salt in another small

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bowl; set aside. 4 Combine lemon juice and vanilla in a medium bowl. Peel and core pears; thinly slice. Add pears to lemon juice mixture; toss gently. Sprinkle with spiced sugar mixture; toss. 5 Unroll phyllo onto a clean work surface; keep covered with a sheet of wax paper topped with a damp kitchen towel. Place 1 sheet of phyllo on prepared pan; lightly coat with nonstick spray and sprinkle with ¼ tsp reserved sugar mixture. Top with a second phyllo sheet; repeat to make 8 layers. 6 Spoon pears onto phyllo, not including all the juices (to prevent sogginess), leaving a 1-inch border. Turn phyllo edges up, sealing corners with a few drops of water. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F; continue baking until pears are tender and phyllo is golden and crisp, 15 minutes more. 7 Brush softened preserves over pears; sprinkle tart with pomegranate seeds. Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into 8 slices and serving. PER SERVING (1 slice): 149 cal, 2 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 192 mg sod, 33 g total carb, 15 g sugar, 4 g fib, 2 g prot. SmartPoints value: 3

Gingerbread Meringue Tarts PREP 30 MIN // BAKE 4 HR // REST 2 HR // SERVES 8

GINGERBREAD MERINGUE 4 large egg whites, at room temperature ½ c sugar Pinch salt ½ tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp dried ginger ⅛ tsp allspice TOPPING 1½ c light whipped topping 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp dried ginger ⅛ tsp allspice 2 medium blood oranges, peeled, segmented 2 Tbsp fresh mint, thinly sliced

1 Preheat oven to 225°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw 8 (3¾-inch) circles on parchment paper in pencil, leaving some space between each. Flip paper over;

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place on baking sheet with circles facing down. 2 To make meringue, hand stir egg whites, sugar, and salt together in a mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water until sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot, about 2 minutes; remove from heat (egg whites will be foamy). 3 Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat egg white mixture on high until it is cool and stif peaks form, 8–10 minutes; stir in vanilla and meringue spices. Evenly divide meringue among 8 circles, using back of a spoon to create ¾-inch-high mounds with slight depressions in center. 4 Bake meringues for 4 hours; turn of oven and let meringues sit in oven to cool and dry, about 2 hours more. (These can be made up to 3 days in advance—be sure to cool them completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature.) 5 To assemble tarts, stir together whipped topping, vanilla, and topping spices. (May be made up to 1 day ahead.) 6 When ready to serve, spoon 3 Tbsp topping onto each meringue; top each with a few orange segments. Garnish with fresh mint. PER SERVING (1 tart): 113 cal, 2 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, 72 mg sod, 22 g total carb, 19 g sugar, 1 g fib, 2 g prot. SmartPoints value: 5

A pricot and Pistachio Rugelach

PREP 25 MIN // BAKE 10 MIN // COOL 25 MIN // SERVES 24

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c dried apricots strip lemon zest Tbsp brandy (8-oz) package reduced-fat refrigerated crescent rolls tsp cinnamon c shelled unsalted pistachios, finely chopped egg white, lightly beaten with a pinch of salt tsp demerara sugar (granulated brown sugar)

1 Bring a small saucepan of water to boil. Add apricots and zest; cover and remove from heat. Set aside 15 minutes to soften. Discard zest; drain apricots, reserving a few

teaspoons of liquid. 2 Add apricots and brandy to a mini chopper or food processor; process until smooth, adding 1 or 2 tsp reserved water, if necessary, to loosen. Set aside to cool completely. 3 Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 4 Unroll dough onto a large sheet of wax paper. Press perforations and seams together. Cover with a second sheet of wax paper. Roll to 8 x 16-inch rectangle. 5 Spread apricot mixture on dough, sprinkle with cinnamon, and top with pistachios. Cut dough in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 12 strips widthwise to make 24 pieces. 6 Roll each piece into a little bundle; arrange on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg white; sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes. PER SERVING (1 rugelach): 50 cal, 2 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 88 mg sod, 7 g total carb, 2 g sugar, 1 g fib, 1 g prot. SmartPoints value: 2

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PREP 30 MIN // BAKE 1 HR 30 MIN // COOL 2 HR 30 MIN // SERVES 12

MERINGUE 4 large egg whites, at room temperature ¼ tsp cream of tartar ⅛ tsp salt 1 c granulated sugar, preferably superfine ¼ c unsweetened cocoa, sifted FILLING ½ c mascarpone ½ (8-oz) package light cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened 1½ Tbsp granulated sugar 1 Tbsp low-fat (1%) milk ½ tsp vanilla extract 1–2 c raspberries 1 (1-oz) piece bittersweet chocolate 2 freeze-dried raspberries 1 tsp confectioners' sugar

1 Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 2 To make meringue, with electric mixer on medium speed, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a large bowl, until soft peaks form when


beaters are lifted. Add sugar 2 Tbsp at a time, beating until stif, glossy peaks form. 3 Sift cocoa over beaten whites in three additions, gently folding with rubber spatula just until cocoa is incorporated; be careful not to deflate meringue. Spoon meringue onto prepared baking sheet; spread to form 9-inch nest with 1-inch-high edge. 4 Bake meringue 1½ hours; turn oven of and let meringue cool in oven for 2 hours. Remove from oven; slide meringue with parchment onto wire rack and let cool completely. 5 To make filling, with electric mixer on medium speed, beat together mascarpone, cream cheese, granulated sugar, milk, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. 6 To serve, transfer meringue to serving plate. Spoon marcarpone mixture into center of meringue; top with fresh raspberries. Using vegetable peeler, shave chocolate over berries. Crush freeze-dried berries with hands and sprinkle over top; dust with confectioners' sugar. Using serrated knife, cut pavlova into 12 wedges and serve immediately.

ers’ sugar, vanilla, and orange zest in another small bowl; fold in chocolate and set aside. 3 Microwave cookies, one at a time, on a paper plate, 20–30 seconds. Immediately remove warm cookie and wrap around a utensil handle (such as a peeler) to form a shell (or carefully shape shells with your hands). Let cool; repeat with remaining cookies. 4 Spoon or pipe 2 Tbsp filling into each cookie shell; dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.

PER SERVING (1 wedge): 160 cal, 7 g total fat, 5 g sat fat, 80 mg sod, 23 g total carb, 20 g sugar, 1 g fib, 3 g prot. SmartPoints value: : 8

1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray. 2 Using an electric mixer, beat together pumpkin, brown sugar, milk, egg, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and salt in a large bowl. 3 Place 1 wonton wrapper in bottom of each prepared muffin cup (corners will be sticking up); lightly coat wontons with nonstick spray. 4 Place a second wonton in each muffin cup at an angle so each one has 8 wrapper corners sticking up. 5 Evenly divide filling among muffin cups, smooth filling with back of a spoon, and sprinkle with pecans. Bake until wontons are crispy and browned, 13–17 minutes. (Check after 3–4 minutes to see if edges of tartlets start to burn. If so, cover pan loosely with foil and continue baking until filling is set.)

Pizzelle Cookie Cannoli

PREP 20 MIN // BAKE 4 MIN // CHILL 1 HR // SERVES 8

1 c plus 2 Tbsp part-skim ricotta ½ c light whipped topping 3 Tbsp confectioners’ sugar plus more for dusting ¾ tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp finely grated orange zest ¾ oz dark chocolate, finely chopped 8 vanilla pizzelle cookies (3–4 inches)

1 Line a mesh strainer with a paper cofee filter or cheesecloth; set over a small bowl. Add ricotta; cover with plastic wrap and top with a heavy can. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to drain. 2 Combine drained ricotta, whipped topping, confection-

PER SERVING (1 cannoli): 109 cal, 5 g total fat, 3 g sat fat, 46 mg sod, 10 g total carb, 6 g sugar, 0 g fib, 5 g prot. SmartPoints value: 4

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Your favorite holiday flavors in a perfect tiny treat. Two bites; endless appeal.

PREP 20 MIN // BAKE 17 MIN // SERVES 12

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(15-oz) can pumpkin puree c packed light brown sugar c low-fat (1%) milk large egg tsp pumpkin pie spice tsp minced fresh ginger tsp salt wonton wrappers Tbsp chopped pecans

PER SERVING (1 tartlet): 111 cal, 2 g total fat, 0 g sat fat, 201 mg sod, 22 g total carb, 10 g sugar, 1 g fib, 3 g prot. SmartPoints value: 4

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PREP 12 MIN // COOK 7 HR // SERVES 10

2 large red bell peppers, chopped 1 large poblano pepper, chopped 2 large red onions, chopped 2 tsp salt, divided 1 tsp cumin 1 large garlic clove, minced 9 oz cooked chicken sausage, chorizo variety, finely minced 16 small corn tortillas 2 c shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese 12 large eggs 1 c low-fat (1%) milk 1 Tbsp chopped scallions or cilantro 1 large lime, cut into wedges

Get all the flavors of homemade banana bread in a bowl. Serve topped with freshly sliced bananas and berries (or any fresh fruit you have on hand). 2 c uncooked steelcut oats 7½ c low-fat (1%) milk 4 large ripe bananas, mashed well 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon or more to taste 3 Tbsp light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ tsp nutmeg Fresh fruit, for topping

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1 Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onions; cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables soften, 8–10 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp salt, the cumin, garlic, and sausage; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 2–3 minutes. 2 Coat a 6-qt slow cooker with cooking spray. Place 4 tortillas in a single, overlapping layer in bottom; top with ⅓ pepper mixture and ½ c cheese. Repeat to make 3 layers; finish with a layer of 4 overlapping tortillas. 3 In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and remaining 1 tsp salt; pour over casserole and sprinkle with

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PER SERVING (⅔ cup): 259 cal, 4 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 274 mg sod, 46 g total carb, 19 g sugar, 5 g fib, 11 g prot. SmartPoints value: 7

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FOOD STYLING: SIMON : ANDREWS; PROP STYLING: CARLA GONZALEZ-HART.

Preshredded potatoes are layered with mushrooms, onion, and Swiss cheese for a hearty and fun riff on everyone’s favorite potato latkes. 4 medium onions, thinly sliced 4 (8-oz) packages sliced cremini mushrooms 1½ tsp kosher salt, divided ½ tsp black pepper, divided 3 large cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced 1 (20-oz) package refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes 2 c shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese 12 large eggs 1½ c low-fat (1%) milk 2 Tbsp grainy Dijon mustard 1 Tbsp fresh chives for garnish

1 Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add onions, mushrooms, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper; cook, stirring often, until vegetables

soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and rosemary; cook, stirring, 1 more minute. 2 Coat the inside of a 6-qt slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place a third of potatoes in bottom; top with half vegetable mixture and ⅔ c cheese. Repeat layers with another one-third potatoes, remaining vegetables, and ⅔ c cheese; top with remaining potatoes. 3 In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, remaining 1 tsp salt, and remaining ¼ tsp pepper; pour over casserole in slow cooker and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and cook on low, 6–7 hours. Serve sprinkled with chopped chives. PER SERVING (1 cup): 190 cal, 7 g total fat, 2 g sat fat, 425 mg sod, 17 g total carb, 5 g sugar, 2 g fib, 16 g prot. SmartPoints value: 4

To give this a true essence of Hanukkah and the reference to oil lasting 8 days, sprinkle crushed baked potato chips over top just before serving (this could impact the recipe’s SmartPoints value).

1 Combine apples, sugar, lemon juice, ½ tsp cinnamon, the nutmeg, and allspice in a glass bowl; cover and microwave until apples soften, 4–5 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, in a medium shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, remaining 1 tsp cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. 3 Coat the inside of a 6-qt slow cooker with cooking spray. Dunk 10 bread halves in egg mixture and arrange in an overlapping circle

on bottom of slow cooker; pour cooked apples over top. 4 Dip remaining 8 bread halves in egg mixture and arrange in a wreath shape around edge of slow cooker, leaving some apples showing in center. Pour remaining egg mixture evenly over top. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. 5 Serve with sliced fresh fruit or berries, if using. PER SERVING (¾ cup): 158 cal, 4 g total fat, 1 g sat fat, 175 mg sod, 27 g total carb, 15 g sugar, 3 g fib, 5 g prot. SmartPoints value: 4

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Here’s a wonderful, tasty way to start any winter morning. 4 large Honeycrisp apples, peeled and thinly sliced 1 Tbsp light brown sugar 1 tsp lemon juice

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eat it up WEEKLY MEAL TICKET

meals in a snap M O N D AY

When the holiday season hits you full force, these quick-and-easy weekday dishes have your back.

BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA WITH ROASTED BROCCOLI SMARTPOINTS VALUE: 8

Combine ¾ c chopped cooked chicken breast, ¼ c black beans, and 1½ Tbsp barbecue sauce; spoon onto a medium (6- to 7-inch) whole wheat tortilla and top with ¼ c shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese. Bake until warmed through and cheese melts. Enjoy with roasted broccoli (made with nonstick spray, salt, and pepper).

SECRET SAUCE Today’s BBQ sauces are descendants of 16th century mustard and vinegar mixes.

SMARTPOINTS VALUE: 7

Toss ⅓ c each chopped tomato, cucumber, and onion with 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice and 2 tsp chopped mint; season with salt and pepper. Enjoy with a small whole pita cut into wedges, ¼ c hummus, and 1 sliced hard-cooked egg.

SUBTLE BITE For mellower onions, soak them in cold water for at least 10 minutes after you chop them.

QUICK ZUCCHINI PARMIGIANA SMARTPOINTS VALUE: 4

Cut 1 small raw zucchini into thin rounds and toss with ½ c store-bought marinara sauce in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave until zucchini is soft, 2–3 minutes. Top with ⅛ c part-skim mozzarella cheese and microwave until melted, about 30 seconds (or broil until browned, if desired). Garnish with 1 Tbsp fresh minced basil.

STOCK UP Taste test a few marinaras to find your fave, then keep a spare jar in the pantry.

CHEF’S SALAD

SMARTPOINTS VALUE: 7

Combine 1 c torn or shredded lettuce, ½ c each sliced tomato and cucumber, 2 oz sliced skinless turkey breast, ⅓ c chopped reduced-fat Swiss cheese, and 1 sliced hard-cooked egg on a plate; top with 6 Tbsp seasoned croutons and drizzle with 2 Tbsp low-fat vinaigrette.

SMOKYDOKEY Add diced smoked turkey breast for an extra layer of flavor to this (and any) savory dish.

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thanks…i think You’re lookin’ good! But what people say and what you hear can be two different things. Is it them—or you? BY MELISSA DALY What They Say

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Wow! Did you ever think you could be so skinny?

Wow! You were so overweight, I thought you were a lost cause.

It took some time, but … yeah.

Luckily I had more confidence in me than you did!

You got a new haircut!

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“WAS I THAT AWFUL BEFORE?” A comment about how great you look now can make you focus on how bad the commenter must have thought you looked then. But logic doesn’t dictate that if you look good today, it means you looked terrible yesterday. “We are all a work in progress,” says Amy Morin, LCSW, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. “Remind yourself that it’s great for someone to notice that you’re making positive changes—and enjoy it.” 102

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“ARE YOU INSULTING ME?” “If you’re not sure whether a person means to insult you, acknowledge the positive portion of the compliment,” says Morin. “Try: ‘Thank you for recognizing my hard work.’ Or respond with humor: ‘You make it sound like I was a real train wreck before!’” If it’s a close friend or family member giving the slight, go for a more direct response. “If you don’t say anything now, you might be subjected to future hurtful comments,” says Morin.

“IS IT ME—OR THEM?” If all kudos sound like concealed criticism to you, the problem might well be yours. “Positive comments can make you cringe when they don’t line up with the way you see yourself,” Morin says. “It takes time for you to shift your self-image as you’re making healthy changes.” Stop being suspicious of praise and practice gratitude instead. “Even when it feels uncomfortable,” says Morin, “a simple thankyou is never wrong.”

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ABOUT OUR RECIPES Recipes in this magazine have been developed for Weight Watchers members who are just getting started and for Members who are further along toward their goals, including those who are using our SmartPoints plan. Unlike other weight-loss programs, which focus solely on calories, the SmartPoints plan guides you toward healthier foods that are lower in sugar and saturated fat, and higher in protein. A SmartPoints value is given for each recipe. It’s assigned based on the number of calories and amount of saturated fat, sugar, and protein contained in a single serving of a recipe. Q Recipes include approximate nutritional information. They are analyzed for Calories (Cal), Total Fat, Saturated Fat (Sat Fat), Sodium (Sod), Total Carbohydrates (Total Carb), Sugar, Dietary Fiber (Fib), and Protein (Prot). The nutritional values are obtained from the Weight Watchers database, which is maintained by registered dietitians. Q Substitutions made to the ingredients could alter the per-serving nutritional information and may afect the SmartPoints value.

CALCULATIONS NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED? You might expect some of the SmartPoints values in this book to be lower when some of the foods they’re made from, such as fruits and vegetables, have no SmartPoints values. Most fruits and veggies have no SmartPoints values when served as a snack or when used as part of a recipe, like a cup of berries used in a parfait. But if these foods are liquefied or pureed and enjoyed as a beverage, then their nutrient content is incorporated into the recipe calculations. These nutrients can increase the SmartPoints value. Alcohol is included in our SmartPoints calculations. Because alcohol information is generally not included on nutrition labels, it’s not an option you can include when using the online calculator. But since we include alcohol information that we get from our nutritionists, you might notice discrepancies between the SmartPoints values you see here in our recipes and the values you get using the calculator. The SmartPoints values listed are the most accurate values.

CHOOSING INGREDIENTS As you learn to eat healthier, consider the following to help you choose foods wisely: QLEAN MEATS AND POULTRY. Purchase lean meats and poultry, and trim them of all visible fat before cooking. When poultry is cooked with the skin on, we recommend removing the skin before eating. Nutritional information for recipes that include meat, poultry, and fish is based on cooked, skinless boneless portions (unless otherwise stated), with the fat trimmed. QSEAFOOD. Whenever possible, our recipes call for seafood that is sustainable and deemed the most healthful for human consumption so that your choice of seafood is not only good for the oceans but also good for you. For more about the best seafood choices and to download a consumer guide, go to the Environmental Defense Fund at edf.org/seafood or seafoodwatch.org. QPRODUCE. For the best flavor, maximum nutrient content, and the lowest prices, buy fresh local produce, such as vegetables, leafy greens, and fruits in season. Rinse them thoroughly before using, and keep a supply of cut-up vegetables and fruits in your refrigerator for convenient healthy snacks. QWHOLE GRAINS. Explore your market for wholegrain products such as whole wheat and whole-grain breads and pastas, brown rice, bulgur, barley, cornmeal, whole wheat couscous, oats, and quinoa to enjoy with your meals.

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I HAVE MORE LOVE TO GIVE MY FAMILY because I love myself.

STACEY MOSKOE, 30, 5'6"

I’ve had a weight issue since I was in the second grade. I’d been on and of WW over the years, but it wasn’t until I had my son, Clark, in 2013 that I discovered this new motivation to get healthy. It was no longer about vanity; it was about creating a foundation for a healthy family. Since then, my life has seen a complete turnaround: I’m positive, I worry less, and I have more self-worth. I’m loving life.

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MY NUMBER ONE RULE: Nap time for baby doesn’t mean snack time for Mom! GET MORE Hear Stacey tell her story in her own words at weightwatchers .com/us/stacey.

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My 3-year-old son reaches for fruits and veggies rather than cookies. That makes me so proud! *People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1–2 lbs/wk. STACEY LOST WEIGHT ON A PRIOR WEIGHT WATCHERS PROGRAM AND SMARTPOINTS.

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