MY JOURNEY

 I hope that you will find this short video of my journey into and out of obesity inspiring. Please feel free to visit my blog or read my book, 150 Pounds Gone Forever.


Weighing 305 pounds isn’t fun.  Fourteen years ago I lost over 150 pounds and regained my life.  My name is Diane Carbonell, and I would love the opportunity to help you gain control over your eating habits and have your life be enriched through proper nutrition and exercise.  I didn’t have gastric bypass surgery, took no supplements, never ate weird food and didn’t even join a group. 

As a wife to my husband John and mom to seven wonderful children, I know how hard it is to find time for yourself.  Weight loss is possible in any amount, but the key to a successful weight loss plan is not just that you can lose weight during the plan period, but that you can maintain that loss throughout your life.  As I think back on the last thirteen years, the best thing I ever did for myself and my family is to get healthy and pass that goal onto my children and to others.

There were so many times over the ten years that I was obese that I wished I could lose weight. I seemed to be continually dieting, but always ended up gaining even more weight than I had lost. The weight crept up, and my self confidence dropped. I resigned myself to being fat for the rest of my life. I tried to accept that this was how I would always be. One day I got scared for my health and my life, and made a change.

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Weight Loss Recipes

Homemade Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers

Whole Wheat Homemade Ritz Crackers

Do you have an affection for Ritz crackers but know in your heart they are not good for you? The ingredient list reads like a chemical mixture rather than a food you should eat. I have always liked the crackers but rarely buy them because I know that they have no nutritional value, are easy   Continue Reading…

Low Fat Condensed Cream Soup

Low Fat or Fat Free Condensed Cream Soup: Mushroom, Onion, or Celery

Have you ever sighed when you saw a recipe that required the use of one of those condensed soups such as condensed cream of mushroom soup, condensed cream of chicken soup, or condensed cream of “anything” soup? I used to use these cans a lot in my cooking prior to my weight loss. Now I   Continue Reading…

whole wheat muffins plate small

Healthy Low-Fat Whole Wheat Muffins: Chocolate Chip, Banana, and More

Have you tried whole wheat muffins that were dense but in a bad way? Chewy in an unappealing way, or just not great? I know I have. These muffins may make you willing to try again. Why whole wheat flour? When you use whole wheat flour you are getting all three parts of the wheat   Continue Reading…

Sweet Potato Casserole Low Fat

Sweet Potato Casserole: Healthy, Low Fat, and Guilt Free

Do you love sweet potato casserole but know that it does not fit in with your healthy eating plan? The traditional sweet potato casserole that many people serve during the holiday season has over 300 calories per serving, making it a substantial chunk of your daily calorie allotment. This recipe has less than 100 calories   Continue Reading…

Homemade Fat Free Buttermilk

Fat Free Homemade Buttermilk

Have you ever had a recipe that called for buttermilk and you didn’t have any? I know that has happened to me many, many times. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever purchased buttermilk, but instead just substituted regular skim milk in place of buttermilk in recipes. One day I was talking to my elderly   Continue Reading…

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes: The Light and Fluffy Kind

I’ve had whole wheat pancakes that looked good but tasted like soggy cardboard because they were hard and not fluffy. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest pancake fan anyway, but when we switched from using white flour to grinding our own wheat berries for flour, I tried different whole wheat pancake recipes. I found that this   Continue Reading…

Salad on a Stick

Salad on a Stick Recipe: Perfect for Kids

Do your kids balk at eating a green salad? If they do, you are not alone because many kids are not big fans of salad. I’ve got seven kids of my own and I’ve had some who liked salad from a young age and some that would rather just pass on it. I saw this   Continue Reading…

Deviled eggs with hummus

Deviled Eggs with Hummus

I do not know very many people who do not appreciate a good deviled egg. However, as with many of those classic recipes, traditional deviled eggs have a lot of calories and unhealthy fats. I knew what hummus was for several years before I got the chance to visit the Sabra factory a few years   Continue Reading…

Low fat chocolate sorbet

Low Fat Chocolate Sorbet

Well, I have to say that I am a big fan of chocolate ice cream, but don’t often partake because I usually reserve my calories for more healthy food. Plus, when I eat too much sugar, it just starts a cycle of craving more! However, there are times when I want a frozen chocolate dessert.   Continue Reading…

healthy turkey burger

Turkey Burgers with a Spicy Twist

Turkey burgers are sometimes dry, a bit tasteless, and frankly, a little boring. I’ve been experimenting with different recipes as we don’t eat beef or pork. I purchase turkey filets and ask the butcher to grind them for me. If you don’t have a butcher willing to do this, just buy the highest quality ground   Continue Reading…