Shedding Pounds this Holiday Season on the NEW Candy Cane Diet

The holidays are a time of joy, spending time with family, friends, and avoiding fruitcake at all costs. Throughout December, we’re bombarded by platters of brownies, pies, cookies, cheese plates, gin fizzes and those tins of stale flavored popcorn. When I’m offered sweets or appetizers at work, cocktail parties and my parent’s house, it’s easy to put on a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. There are all kinds of diets out there, from Atkins, to “Cookie Diets,” Kardashian weight loss drinks, and the much talked about HCG, but what works for you?

In order to combat the added calories, I developed a very simple “Candy Cane Diet” that works which I  first jokingly blogged about on MySpace back in 2005. Sounds weird, right? But believe it or not, people actually used MySpace at one time. And for the handful of friends that may have read it six years ago, I’ve been on this seasonal diet (Nov-Jan) since then and revised the plan with even more research to back up my findings.

I guess I’d technically be the official spokesperson for “The Candy Cane Dietsimple smile

Last week when I arrived to my parents house with a few boxes of Bob’s Candy Canes, my dad knew they weren’t tree decorations and said, “Are you back on the ‘Candy Cane Diet’ Dale?” The answer was “yes” and here’s how it works: I’ll keep it short and sweet:

The Facts
1. Peppermint works as a natural appetite suppressant. I noticed years ago that eating a peppermint candy cane after a meal kept me full and not reaching for more goodies.

2. This diet is less expensive than weight loss supplements, drinks, or paid programs.

3. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, this diet works and canes can be substituted with Peppermint tea.

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Bob’s Peppermint Candy Canes (Any brand is ok)- 40 Calories each (Less than $2 a box)
Diet Plan*
1. Eat a well balanced breakfast around 400 calories. It’s okay to drink coffee too simple smile
2. After a reasonably portioned lunch, skip the cupcakes or cookies and grab a candy cane
3. Snack around 3pm-Like oranges, nuts,
pretzel crisps, string cheese, greek yogurt with honey & berries
4. After dinner, as soon as you feel full instead of indulging in desserts, grab a candy cane
5. Doing steps 1-4 most days will allow you to eat more at a holiday dinners or events during Dec.

*Actual weight loss results may vary and may increase tooth decay, (but trust me it works). The candy cane must be the standard size & peppermint flavor (watermelon, blueberry or fruity candy canes won’t work. (Box of 12= 40 calories each. Try to stick to 2-3 canes a day)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This diet is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. And exercise (even if it’s just walking) and drinking H20 helps, as with any diet. simple smile

Added Benefits:
1. A candy cane is a festive edible accessory during the holidays. Cuter than a lollipop, and much healthier than cigarettes. Plus, they easily fit in your purse, pocket or clutch.

2. No hostess will feel the need to force goodies or egg nog down your throat if they see you with candy.

3. Minty fresh breath. (In case you meet Mr. or Mrs. right or right-now under the mistletoe)

4. You can lose weight & still eat your favorite holiday foods in reasonable portions a couple times a week. 

5. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) soothes upset stomachs. For example, I was feeling a slightly nauseous Sunday night during the premiere of “Kim and Kourtney Take New York.” I reached for a candy cane which immediately helped and I know a box of Bob’s will get me through the entire awkward season of Kim K. and Kris Humphries pretending to “make” their 72-day marriage work.
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I just read yesterday in Better Homes & Garden magazine, (Dec. 2011, pg. 181) that “Next time you need a nudge to exercise, try a peppermint stick. Studies suggest the fresh scent can rev mental energy and boost athletic performance.”  If I see A-Rod sniffing a a candy cane during spring training next year, I’ll know this is true.

In conclusion, there are soo many different diets out there that I made up “The Candy Cane Diet” because I love candy and trying to avoid my favorite foods just makes me crave them more so this worked.
Do you have your own holiday eating habits or diet tricks? 
I hope you’re having a great week & thanks for all the support on my blog. I really appreciate it simple smile

Sidenote– My friend, Thomas, is a professional photographer & takes my blog photos in N. California. If you want to take a family photo to send out a lovely, creative or funny holiday card, please email for more information


My H&M Versace Gold Medallion Bracelet GIVEAWAY (Closed)

I‘d seen the Versace for H&M hype all month and last Friday decided to attempt the shopping madness. My brother, Drew, and a few friends checked out the scene around 10 PM Fri. night. There were already over a hundred people in line huddling together, playing cards and sprawled out on blankets under black tarps waiting until the store opened at 8am the next morning. It looked miserable, but it was decision time. The risk of shivering outside with a slim chance of buying anything Versace was daunting and annoying on the part of H&M. Why can’t they supply enough for a whole week?

I suggested paying a homeless person to hold our spot in line, but that would be like searching for a clean needle in a haystack of heroin addicts. Many are mentally ill or on hardcore drugs. I wasn’t sure how I’d explain the situation or have them blend in and stay all night. The H&M security was really tight watching everyone in line.

Friday night few moments before giving up on waiting all night until the SF store’s opening

Versace for H&M stretched across the store’s windows looking like the set of a LMFAO music video

10:30 PM…Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Time was ticking, the line was growing and temperatures were dropping. I gave up. As we drove around the corner, I’m pretty sure what happened next can only be described as fashion fate. We pulled up to a stop light at Market Street and saw a man on the corner holding a cardboard sign that read, “My car got towed, trying to get gas money to go to Portland. Stranded in SF…Anything HELPS.”

With the urging of my brother and friend Gigi, I rolled down my window and asked, “Are you planning to spend tonight in San Francisco?” He said he that he was until he had more money.

Well uh, there’s a BIG line for H&M tonight and we were wondering if we could pay you to hold our spot? But only if you wanted to…”. Before I could say more he said, “Yea, I’ll do it. How much?”

“How about $50?” and he said “Ok, I’ll meet you up there.

We pulled around the block to park and he was already in line sitting with his backpack. His name was Jeffrey. Security stamped our hands and I gave him $20 and said we’d pay the rest in the morning. We talked for a bit and asked if he wanted anything. He was well spoken, friendly, funny and very polite.

Jeffrey had fallen on hard times and was sleeping on the streets after working as a self-employed bike messenger for years in Portland, OR. He asked for socks because his feet were cold from standing in the rain all day. We gave him a jacket, socks and brought him pizza later which was the only place open, although he requested rice because he tries to stay away from greasy food.

My friends and I were going out a few blocks away so we told him we’d be back every couple hours to check in. While chatting, another homeless man walking down the line was begging for change. As he asked us for money, Jeffrey turned his head and said to him, “No man, I’m working right now.”

He told us he’s hates panhandling and would rather be doing something, even just waiting in line, to earn cash. When we came back at 3 am, he was reading the NY Times after getting back from a quick jog around Union Square.

We told him we’d be back at 6 am and would bring him breakfast and coffee. “Actually, I really try to avoid coffee,” he said. “I don’t like high levels of caffeine level in my body, Gatorade would be good. Orange or grape please,” he added. What a healthnut, huh? simple smile

Let me introduce you now to Jeffrey…he was super cool
Jeffrey (He looked like a young Woody Harrelson) & my brother, Drew

6:45 am Sat. Nov. 19th: After accidently oversleeping, I jumped up and screamed. My hair was a mess, but we all raced to the sale! We arrived and the line had already started moving. Where was Jeffrey? He had to be there, right?  He seemed like a real straight shooter. Then we spotted him in line.
Geez guys, I didn’t think you were gonna make it. They’re about to hand out wristbands,” he said. We paid him, plus extra for being late, thanked him and he wished us luck with Versace. I really hope he lands on his feet soon or can get a bike messenger job here in SF. 
They gave us wristbands and only 25 people at a time could go in the women’s section for 10 minutes.

People were starting to get excited…

Except my brother who was exhausted…

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But he was able to get the black Tux he wanted. I wanted the black leather jacket which was already completely sold out in the first 20 minutes. Oh well…. simple smile

I bought something to Give to one of you…


The bracelet comes inside this cute Versace box (inlcuded)

Winner receives this SOLD OUT gold medallian chain bracelet by Versace for H&M
(selling for $129 on Ebay now, ugh)

This bracelet has the engraved Versace detail. This was my favorite accessory in the collection.

I’m also including this big Versace for H&M gift bag (only size they had) for the winner

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GIVEAWAY ENDS: Thursday December 8th at 11:59 pm PST. I will announce and contact the winner Friday December 9th, 2011. OPEN internationally and I’ll cover all shipping and handling. Good luck! simple smile

Here’s a short video my brother created if you’re curious to see more of the Versace craziness that day…

Have a great Thanksgiving!


Favorite Celeb Look of the Week: Twilight Edition

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is hours away from hitting theaters nationwide and fans are getting super excited! Don’t mistake the Twihard tent cities in SoCal for Occupy LA. I’ve read some reviews and it seems the newest Twilight installment is for mature teenie boppers and adults only. Apparently, there’s a scene with Bella giving birth that’s more disturbing than those reenactments in TLC’s “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.” I’m not going to make too many comments though because I’ve actually never seen a Twilight movie. But I will, one day.

But I will comment on the stars’ fashion picks on the red carpet this month as the worldwide press tour continues. One Twilight starlet was my absolute favorite.

Nikki Reed was stunning in white at the Rome film festival for the movie’s premiere earlier this month looking like a Greek goddess.
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Winter white is a bold move, not to mention the plunging neckline and sheer material. 
Nikki definitely pulled it off! What do you think of her look?

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  The back of this Maria Lucia Hohan gown is gorgeous. She wore Jimmy Choo heels
and carried a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch

Here’s how her co-stars looked at the Hollywood Premiere earlier this week…


Ashley Greene – Pretty, but reminds me of a Cirque du Soleil costume


Rob, Kristen (in her daring dress) and Taylor

Are you excited to see Twilight this Weekend or will you be avoiding the theater’s lines?

Also, if you’re around San Francisco this Sunday, the THREAD Show just offered me TWO tickets to giveaway!
Details: Sunday Nov. 20th from 11am-5pm
Where: Metreon in San Francisco CA
Show info here
To Enter: Just “Like” SavvySpice on Facebook here and comment below with your contact info.
Giveaway ends at noon PST Nov. 28 & I’ll contact the winner who’ll receive 2 tix via email.


Can a Woman be Too Thin or Too Young for Spanx?

Hmm…Before you answer, here’s a photo of me and a couple friends almost exactly a year ago.  One of us is wearing Spanx. I’ll tell you right now, it’s ME. Later, this very same evening a friend of mine and I were out grabbing a cocktail. As we approached the bar, he asked “what would you like to drink?” as his hand grazed my back.

I think you know where this is going…


Suddenly, he gave me a really weird look. “Uh, are you wearing Spanx?” he asked with a confused expression.

I wasn’t sure how to respond, but I knew lying at that point was useless after he’d clearly felt the waistband of my Spanx Power Panties. “Uh, well yea, I am,” I said sheepishly and giggled.

He couldn’t believe it. He went on to say “women in their 20’s don’t wear Spanx” and intimated they’re for women like Oprah, Mama from “Mama’s Family” and Khloe Kardashian. It was total Spanx discrimination and I hate to say it, but I was a little embarrassed.

I made my way to the ladies room balancing on one leg pulling the skin tight Spanx over my stilleto booties one leg at a time until my thighs were body slimmer free. Then I stuffed them into the pocket of my peacoat and went back to the bar.


Why am I sharing this?
Because celebs a lot younger and thinner than me have been getting grief for years over accidentally flashing their Spanx showing their body slimming tricks. Last week, bloggers bagged on Kristen Stewart after she unintentionally revealed her Spanx when her dress rode up during her interview with Jay Leno.

I think it’s important for woman all of ages and body types to know it’s perfectly okay to wear Spanx without shame. And there are some dresses so unforgiving, it doesn’t matter if a woman is a 110 lb celebrity, her stylist will have her in Spanx so she’s looking flawless on the red carpet.

Kim Kardashian flashed her Spanx this Spring, but she’d take a wardrobe malfunction over divorce backlash any day
Blake Lively in Chanel lets hers slip up near her waist at the premiere of “Twelve” last year
My new take on Spanx is wear them if you want, especially if it makes you feel more comfortable in a certain outfit or dress. Or don’t wear them. Undergarments should be your right to choose!
Don’t let Spanx haters have you changing in the back of a club’s bathroom like I did. But also try your best not to have a Spanx slip. If they accidentally show, oh well or as Rick Perry would say, “Oops.” It happens so often during Kathie Lee & Hoda on the 4th hour of the Today Show, they have a new “Spanx Alert” segment. There’s women of all ages and sizes wearing Spanx so to answer the title’s question is… “No.”
To see more celeb Spanx sightings, check out FashionIndie’s gallery here
What are your thoughts on Spanx?
Would you stop wearing body slimmers if a guy in your life hated them?
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Cirque Du Soleil is Six Pack Central

The “Situation” may have abs and an act, but these performers have muscles everywhere plus actual talent you have to see to believe. The past few days I had the chance to see a couple Cirque du Soleil shows I’ll never forget.

Exactly a year ago the city of San Francisco was celebrating the Giants winning the World Series. But what’s the second best thing that could be going on at AT&T Park? Cirque du Soleil! It’s back now showing through December 18th with the new show “Totem” that is totally worth seeing.

I went a few nights ago on a chilly fall evening…

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 Although “Totem” is a traveling show, it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.
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I could barely contain my excitement simple smile
By day, the Giants stadium parking lot is home to the big circus tent. It doesn’t matter what section  
you buy seats, you’re not too far from the stage.
At night it transforms into the Grand Chapiteau. This is the food and gift area, I couldn’t
take pics during the actual show

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I wanted to share my new favorite updo for rainy cool evenings when I know my hair will get frizzy.
I’ve seen celebs like JLO and Kourtney Kardashian wearing the high bun lately.
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It needed more hairspray & time, but here’s how to do it in FIVE minutes:
1. Pull hair in a high ponytail
2. For volume, tease and back comb it until it’s poofy
3. Form and twist into a bun. Use bobby pins to keep hair in place
(See FoxyLocksExtensions high fashion messy bun tutorial here)
The next day I flew off to Vegas for business & a little fun simple smile
The view from the room at the Bellagio
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But the water show at night is my favorite part
Later that night, my friend & I saw Cirque du Soleil  “O”
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Clutch, ring and bracelets-Forever 21  Nail Polish –Slick Slate Insta-Dri by Sally Hansen
Back to “Totem”
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I don’t want to give too much away, but this was one of the acts. You can see more here
There is a total of 779 costume pieces in the wardrobe for this show.
It’s good to be back after a Cirque du Soleil bender the past few days. Speaking of bending, if you’ve never seen a Cirque show, it’s unbelievable how the performers contort their bodies andTotem” shows some skin. Tastefully, of course. (Think buff surfer guys doing stunts and women in bikini tops spinning 50ft in the air to name a few.)
Sidenote– Not only is Cirque fun for families, it’s so romantic with that special someone or a midweek date during the holiday season. And with the NBA lockout, there’s no reason not to go! Tell your guy he’ll still see an arena full of physical specimens that not only take it to the hoop, they jump through hoops of fire. 😉
Do you like Cirque du Soleil?
If so, what was your favorite show?
Have a great week!
For “Totem” ticket info in San Francisco click here
To see what Cirque du Soleil shows are playing around the world click here


Cirque Du Soleil is Six Pack Central

The “Situation” may have abs and an act, but these performers have muscles everywhere plus actual talent. The past few days I had the chance to see a couple Cirque du Soleil shows I’ll never forget.

Exactly a year ago the city of San Francisco was celebrating the Giants winning the World Series, but what is the second best thing that could be going on at AT&T Park? Cirque is back in town with the new show “Totem” and it’s 100% worth going to this holiday season.

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