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Monday, October 22, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 10/22/12: Valerie Bertinelli, Recipes from Valerie Bertinelli, Best Time of Day to Lose Weight, Choosing Cold and Flu Products

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: October 22, 2012
Dr. Oz: Exclusive Interview with Valerie Bertinelli

  • Valerie Bertinelli talks to Dr. Oz about drugs, divorce, and weight loss
  • Valerie Bertinelli shares her favorite family recipes
  • What's the best time of day to lose weight?
  • How to choose over-the-counter cold and flu medications

Valerie Bertinelli discusses her life-long battle with weight and shares her favorite recipe. Is there a best time of day to lose weight? Dr. Oz says there is.

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Dr. Oz: Exclusive Interview with Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli, actress, mother, cookbook author and weight loss success story. Her acting career began in the role of Barbara on One Day At A Time at age 15. As a teen and an adult,she always worried about her weight. Ms. Bertinelli has starred in television and movie roles since then and today she stars on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland. In 1981, she married musician Eddie Van Halen and they have a son together, Wolfgang “Wolfie”. The marriage ended in divorce in 2005 and she has since remarried to Tom Vitale.

As a young girl growing up on TV, Ms. Bertinelli said she had severe body issues. Today she can look back at old photos and wishes she had been nicer to herself. In 6th grade, a male teacher said she had better watch her belly and that message has stayed with her for 40 years.

Cocaine became a diet drug for her. People weren't treating her well and she thought she deserved to be treated that way so she didn't take care of herself. The result was up and down weight issues her entire life. At one point, her then husband Mr. Van Halen said she was too skinny and probably saved her life by getting her a hamburger.

Ms. Bertanelli said she was never really addicted to drugs but she used food in a way that wasn't healthy for her. Now she has a different view of food, she embraces it.

Immediately after her divorce from Eddie Van Halen, she manically lost weight then began gaining. During the last season of Touched by an Angel, she weighed 170 pounds. Ms. Bertanelli said she's 5'4” and just can't carry that much weight around.

When a weight loss company calls you and asks if you want to lose weight you ask if you're fat, she joked. It's pretty easy to keep yourself in denial about being overweight. Being in the public eye while losing weight keeps her honest. Ms. Bertanelli has lost 40 pounds and has kept it off. She's a master at losing weight and a master at gaining weight. At this point in her life, it's the longest period of keeping the weight off.

What are Ms. Bertanelli's trigger foods? Jalapeno poppers are one of the biggest trigger foods and one that she stays away from. She's not had them in so long she doesn't see the need to have them again. She used to keep chocolate eggs in her bedside table and used them in such a wrong way she just can't eat them anymore.

Ms. Bertanelli said she's always been an emotional eater. She was uncomfortable with any emotion from good to bad and she used food to suppress her emotions. Now she sees emotions as a journey to go through and is feeling better all the time.

During her weight loss journey, she focused on health foods so she could eat her way to a healthy weight. She still worries that she's going to gain the weight back. Her weight fluctuates as much as seven pounds however she can now recognize the tendencies to use food as an emotional crutch and can stop herself before it becomes a 40 pound problem.

Her new cookbook, One Dish At A Time, celebrates her family's love of cooking together. It's not a diet book, the word diet has become a bad word. These are recipes that she loves to cook and loves to eat. The key is to maintain appropriate portion sizes. In One Dish At A Time she shares her brother's recipe for gumbo that she used to three bowls worth and now she only eats a cup.

She has also included her ex-husband's favorite spicy chicken dish and her son's favorite lamb chop recipe. 

Dr. Oz: Oz Approved Comfort Food From Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertanelli shows Dr. Oz how to cook two of her favorite meals from her new cookbook One Dish At A Time. She and her husband love to cook together, it's their favorite date night activity.

Ribollita soup is a rustic, peasant soup she learned how to make it after falling in love with the dish on her first trip to Italy with her husband. This soup features rustic, or Italian, kale along with onions and tomatoes. Cannellini beans provide protein, she'll often use two cans of soup to stretch out the soup. Day old, crusty bread and Parmesan cheese round out the dish. Click here for Valerie Bertinelli's Ribollita Soup recipe on

At 34 calories each, these cookies are a flavorful treat. Her ex-husband's aunt shared the recipe with her, though she skipped the frosting to keep the calories low. Form the cookie dough into a log and refrigerate, then roll into little twists. They're great dunked in coffee, she said. Click here for Valerie Bertinelli's Anise Twist Cookies on

One of the first dishes she learned how to cook is quiche and she says you can make it healthy with lots of vegetables and healthier cheese.

Dr. Oz: Best Time Of Day To Lose Weight

Eating the right foods at the right time can support weight loss goals, said Dr. Oz. Lynn, a fan of both Dr. Oz and Ms. Bertanilli, said Ms. Bertanilli's weight loss journey has inspired her to begin her own weight loss journey.

Dr. Oz: Best Time To Weigh In
The best time to weigh yourself is in the morning around 7am, after going to the bathroom and before eating anything. The difference between weighing yourself in the morning and in the evening is about five pounds.

Dr. Oz: Best Time To Indulge
Lynn said she'll indulge in any sweet treat from the time she gets home from work until bedtime. Dr. Oz said the best time to indulge is 2pm when the circadian rhythms are naturally low and when most folks are looking for an energy boost. The sugary boost should be a wise choice with the right type of sugar. Dr. Oz recommended one ounce of chocolate, a glass of chocolate milk, or cocoa make with water. He said you won't feel guilty after these treats because you've indulged smartly.

Dr. Oz: Best Time To Have Fiber
Take your fiber supplement 15 minutes before dinner. Eat a serving of fiber crackers with 5g of fiber per serving, Wasa brand crackers were shown. Drink your fiber serving by mixing one teaspoon of konjack root with a glass of water. The konjack root will swell in the stomach and help you to feel full which translates to eating less food during your meal. Studies show you can eat 70 calories less each meal by having fiber before a meal. Doing this daily, Dr. Oz said people can lose 7 pounds in a year.

Dr. Oz: Cold and Flu Season Prep

October is officially the beginning of the cold and flu season. Dr. Oz has again teamed up with Walgreen's and Walgreen's pharmacist Stacia Woodcock to help viewers be prepared before the cough and congestion begins.

Dr. Oz: Cough Remedies
For a wet cough, with mucus, Dr. Woodcock recommends an expectorant. A dry cough, said Dr. Woodcock, a cough suppressant is in order.

Dr. Oz: Congestion
Dr. Woodcock said the strongest decongestants at Walgreen's are often stocked behind the counter. She recommended that customers talk to their pharmacist to help choose the best product to target symptoms.

Dr. Woodcock said many customers are intimidated by the white lab coat and also think that pharmacists are only available to ask questions about prescription drugs. Patients often see their pharmacist more often than they see their doctor. Pharmacists are able and ready to talk to customers.

Dr. Oz asked fans online what they want to know about the cold and flu season.

How can you tell the difference between the cold and the flu?
Dr. Woodcock explained that a cold will often present symptoms of a runny and/or stuffy nose along with a soar throat. The flu will often bring all over body aches as well as possible vomiting. She explained that over-the-counter medications are available that will cover both cold and flu symptoms.

When treating cold, flu, and cough symptoms, Dr. Woodcock said you're better off treating with single ingredient medications. The biggest mistake customers make is to get multi-symptom medications and thus over medications.

Dr. Woodcock said to treat only the symptoms that you have. The number of ingredients in an over-the-counter medication should never be more than the number of symptoms you're experiencing. She recommended to read the labels of products look beyond the complicated name for the name of the symptom the ingredient targets.

Dr. Oz: Best Time To Take Cough and Cold Medications
If the box says “night” then the product will make you sleep, explained Dr. Woodcock, and if the box says “day” it may keep you awake if you take it at night.

Remember, said Dr. Oz, pharmacists are the most under utilized part of the health care system and the cost to talk to them is FREE!

Dr. Oz: Best of Best Times

  • The best time to check email is after an hour of work. It takes at least 15 minutes to get back to work after checking email.
  • The best time of day is check Twitter is 8am, that's when the most positive messages are posted.
  • The best time to check Facebook is 8pm when most posts get “likes”.
  • The best time to buy airline tickets is 3pm on Tuesday.
  • The best time to use Pinterest is Saturday at 10am to get the most views.

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