DAMY Has Street Cred – My experience


This is the BEST time of year to shed pounds. I don’t just think it, I have seen it! Do you know anyone losing weight right now? I bet you do. It’s after the major holidays, before summer and a fairly boring time of the year for food. I’ve talked a lot about DAMY in the past. Whenever someone asks me what I mean by DAMY, I take a minute and let them know that the program owners are Dave and Amy, hence the name. Ah ha. Ok, got it.

So DAMY programs are health programs, plain and simple. There are a couple of different types, depending on where you are right now. If you are someone with more than a handful of pounds to shed or someone who is fairly new to a seriously healthy lifestyle, you want the Method Program.

If you are like some of the chicks I know, who understand that eating healthy doesn’t mean Lean Cuisines for lunch and you are already exercising regularly, you’ll want the Bikini Body Program.

I always laugh when I see magazines claim they can get me bikini ready in 6 weeks. Really? Can you? That’s a big claim, my friend. If you tell me I just have to do three days of cardio and two days of leg lifts before I am bikini ready, perhaps you are a candidate for Lasik eye surgery.

In the past, I have posted some of the reasons why I went off track with DAMY. Now that I am back on the program, I am feeling much better and want some friends to DAMY with me!

You will never see a bikini photo of me on this blog, that just ain’t gonna happen. But, let me show you how much better I looked after two short months on the program one year ago.



DAMY gave me energy, helped my mood, made me MUCH stronger and took off a good 20 pounds. Too bad it couldn’t hide my bra straps in my photos.

As for Amy Layne and her street cred, click on the link to check out one of her two pages in this month’s Oxygen magazine!


Wanna see all of Amy’s Oxygen articles? Head over to her site, you’ll find so many resources on her blog. She offers recipes and plenty of before/after photos and testimonials to get you excited.



Let’s do this together, I need some more DAMY pals! Get yourself the most valuable E-book out there and get on the plan. Her plans come with free, personalized coaching from Amy herself, no generic stuff! The plans will get you to eat real food without chemicals, exercise like you have never before (meaning smarter) and become totally inspired to live the best life you can.

Take your before photo TODAY!


App’ing It Forward

My heart is leaping for joy and breaking to bits over this blog move to WordPress.org and GoDaddy from WordPress.com. I have lost so many links to Pinterest pins, old posts and other pieces in the move. The possibilities on this new site however, are proving to be worth the momentary struggle. Most of my time has been spent out of my kitchen, so I don’t have any food to share. I have great news to pass along instead!


My friend Pete’s game has finally hit the app store and is ready for purchase. There will be a special Mr. Jabbs post coming in the next couple weeks, with a special celebration recipe attached. For now, head over and drop the .99 cents on Mr. Jabbs’ Epic Waste of Time and keep checking back in to Food It Forward!



Movie Fuel’s Oscar Picks

Pardon my web-dust as I learn to add new fonts, gadgets and the rest of it to Food It Forward. Jy is really excited to share his picks for tonight’s awards and I’m excited to recycle last year’s Opera Cake with you! It was one of the hardest things I have ever made and I took such a mediocre photograph. You live, you learn and you eat, right?


This was a banner year for movies!  I know this because there were so many that I didn’t see that I really wanted to see.  Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook are two still at the top of my list.
Combining what I have seen and typical Oscar trends, here are THE WINNERS for this years Academy Awards, guaranteed to help you take your Oscar pool!
  • Foreign Language Film: Amour
  • Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln
  • Original Screenplay: Amour
  • Animated Feature: Wreck It Ralph
  • Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Supporting Actor: Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Actress: Jennifer Lawerence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
  • Picture: Argo
Award that will tip the scale on your Oscar pool, Best Animated Short: “Adam and Dog” (everyone else will be picking Pixar’s “Paperman”
Be sure to have lots of fun on Oscar Night with friends, laughs and a good recipe, I think I might know where you can get one…


I’m in the middle of linking all my old posts with my new. (Sounds like a real party, eh?) I’m just posting this old recipe (with an old note underneath) to make sure it will still be found!



This dip could NOT be easier to make!

Hawaiian Dip Recipe
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Dip
Serves: 8-12
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2½ cups sweetened coconut (I prefer flaked over shredded)
  • 20 oz. can pineapple (chunks or crushed)
  • nuts or cherries to top dip with
  1. Blend all ingredients together in food processor to crush up pineapple and coconut pieces. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. I think it tastes great with Trader Joe’s Pita Crackers, but I am sure there are plenty of dipping options you can find!
Quick and easy recipe for today, be sure to save this recipe for summer (which seems so far away right now)!

Jy and I are hoping to get out to see the Oscar nominated short films this Saturday. Cross your fingers we can get out to go, it is always such a fun tradition that has gotten harder to keep up with after having kids. Are you watching the awards this Sunday night? Are you going to be happy when I quit talking about the Oscars and movie themed food? Hope not!

See you tomorrow, Happy Tuesday friends!

Oscars 2013: Zero Dark Thirty

Well, here it is! The final Best Picture nominee of the Oscar themed food posts, Zero Dark Thirty. I have been putting it out there what a hard time I’ve had coming up with fun food for this movie. I’ve loved all the ideas many of you have emailed me! Zero Dark Thirsty, Zero Dark Thirtini, Gyro Dark Thirty, Zero Dark Chocolate Cake and what I think is my favorite, Hot on the Trail Mix! I promised a $10 coffee gift card to any reader who sent in an idea which would inspire a post on Food It Forward. So, Cara, I am sending a Starbucks card your way!

Thank you all for such great ideas! The hot on the trail mix helped me think outside the box of the movie title. Ready for it?

Osama Bin Hidin’ (In Yo’ Dessert)

I’m kind of hoping I have some readers who read the title with the word desert, instead of dessert. Anyhow, here’s how it goes.

Step One: Gather your ingredients. I have chosen a dark chocolate brownie mix, dark chocolate ice cream and a dark salted flavor caramel sauce and chocolate covered cherries. Remember, think dark. You know I am usually not a fan of boxed stuff, but Ghiradelli brownies are always an exception in my world.


Step Two: Hide Osama at the bottom of your dessert dish. Please don’t think I mean anything by Osama being a chocolate covered cherry. The cherry inside is more about blood than a sweet heart. Do you feel sad for OBL, all alone in that dark dish? Me neither.


I didn’t do this the first go around, but I’d suggest melting your chocolate covered cherry for 10-15 seconds in the microwave. He’ll be easier to kill that way. I over did it at about 25 seconds.


Step Three: Hide Bin Laden in a cave of ice cream. Cover that ice cream with rocky  mounds of brownie. Drizzle your dark topping of choice.

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It’s hunting time! You and your crew can each go searching for the Target. No torture involved.


Now, you and your guests go in for the kill!

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Like I said before, Osama will be easier to kill and a bit bloodier if you melt him in the hot Middle Eastern microwave first.


This is all in the name of the Oscars and the movie, Zero Dark Thirty. I have not seen the movie. I don’t condone killing anyone. Hey, Al Qaeda, I’m sure Osama was nice to some of you. In other words, although I am 35, I’m still to young to die. Please don’t come find me and kill me.

This fear has probably come from the old neighbors I just ran into at Target. They told me a story of how Homeland Security now uses their old phone number to catch a Terrorist, who….GET THIS….still lives about 50 yards from me. Huh?! They had to flee the country, but came back for the daughter’s medical needs. These ladies either have a serious exaggeration problem, or I need to buy an attack dog. Not sure which one. They would always bring Dallas cute gifts and love on him when he was a baby. So, I kind of believe them out of guilt. How’s that for movie-style drama?