Where's Cindy Singing Next?

  • Mistress Quickly, Sir John in Love, Odyssey Opera, 2015
    May 17, 20, & 23 www.odysseyopera.org
  • Marquise de Berkenfield, La fille du regiment, Mill City Summer, 2015 Opera
    July 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 www.MillCitySummerOpera.org

Cindy on Stage

  • Gertrude, Romeo & Juliette, Austin Opera 2015
    I play dress-up for a living.
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June 21, 2009



eating the right food makes you to become self confident, healthy, happy and physically fit.


You've hit on an important point, V. Just because something says "vegan" doesn't mean it's healthy. Those vegan brownies are very likely to be made with margarine and a sweetener that has just as many calories as sugar. So they're lovely, but not necessarily low-fat, low-carb, or low-sugar. All the vegan label gets you is an assurance that no animal products were used in making it!

V Adams

Must confess that I adore the Vegan brownies sold at Whole Foods. I think they are even better than non-vegan, because all the flavor has to come from the deep, rich, dark chocolate (since there's no butter, eggs, milk etc to add to the taste). Only problem is I haven't found a calorie count for them yet, although I did find out each one has 2.5 grams of fat. They are soooo good. Too good, actually! I can only allow myself to get one on specific whole foods visits (when I'm shopping at the end of the month), because otherwise I'd be picking one up everytime I go in to grab a salad or sushi.


i just tried tempeh fore the first time recently and really liked it. I don;t like tofu as a rule because of the consistency but tempeh was like corn nuggets in my mouth so i didn't mind it


There's a great cabaret song that goes, "Butter ... I remember butter ..." and goes on to wistfully list all the things the singer can no longer eat. Well, I too remember butter, and except occasionally when I'm having pancakes, I find I can do without it. I don't even use it for baking any more.

What's more surprising to me, though, is not really needing salad dressing or other added fats. Just getting rid of those is a major health and weight loss boost!

BTW, congrats on your 43 pounds!


Ban the butter is great advice. I used to eat butter on an English muffin every day for breakfast. I quit butter March 1 and I quit lattes Jan. 1 (I allow myself just one per month.) I'm at a new all-time low today--43 pounds gone!!! I think a lot of that is no more butter. I like to think of the weight of 43 one-pound boxes of butter. Imagine how tiring that was to tote that around.

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