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January 16, 2019

16 Jan 2019 — Charleston Gazette Mail

By Judy Grigoraci


The new location for Charleston's longtime Shape Shop Café is, well, taking shape.

At the end of this month, Owner Millie Snyder - the woman responsible for the establishment of Weight Watchers of West Virginia here in Charleston - is moving her Shape Shop production to the Bonham Business Plaza at Edens Fork in the old Bonham Elementary school.

She sold Weight Watchers a few years back, but maintained the Shape Shop, which was always a separate entity. She soon began to miss the Weight Watchers interactions.

"Selling Weight Watchers was the second largest event in my life," she said. "I love what I do, working with people. After giving it thought and exploration, the Mediterranean style of eating came into mind. The cuisine can satisfy so many who want to eat, drink and become healthy. So two years ago I started my...

October 9, 2018

Millie Snyder will be signing copies of Lean and Luscious and Lean and Luscious Meatless cookbooks during the West Virginia Book Festival during the Festival Marketplace.

The West Virginia Book Festival is October 26-27 in Charleston and the Civic Center Coliseum. The Festival Marketplace is 11:30 am to 6:30 pm on Friday and 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Admission to the Festival Marketplace is free.

Stop by Millie’s booth and learn about eating better and how to enjoy food and stay healthy.

October 8, 2018

From: Eating Well

By: Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.

Are you looking to eat better? Healthier?

Did you doctor recently express concern over your diet?

This article by Eating Well, should be helpful.

It provides some healthy food options.

Key ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine include olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, protein-rich legumes, fish and whole grains with moderate amounts of wine and red meat. The flavors are rich, and the health benefits for people choosing a Mediterranean diet, one of the world's healthiest, are hard to ignore—they are less likely to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol or become obese. If you're trying to eat foods that are better for your heart, start with these nine healthy ingredients of Mediterranean cooking.

1. Broccoli Rabe

To be Italian is to appreciate dark leafy vegetables, especially this earthily bitter brassica that pairs beautifully with bold ingredients like sausage, anchovy and hot pepper. Like other cabbage family members it's a nutritio...

October 7, 2018

The way we think about the word “diet” today is something borne of restriction that helps you lose weight. The Mediterranean diet couldn’t be further from that. Rather, it’s a heart-healthy diet that includes the food staples of people who live in the region around the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece, Croatia, and Italy. 

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes:

  • Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts

  • Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil

  • Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods

  • Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month

  • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week

  • Enjoying meals with family and friends

  • Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

  • Getting plenty of exercise

Millie Snyder's Succeed! has developed a unique approach to teaching and supporting individuals who want to live a healthy lifestyle through the Mediterranean Diet. 


October 5, 2018

From: Healthline

By: Kris Gunnars, BSc

I you been hearing a lot about the Mediterranean Diet?

But didn't know where to begin on planning the meals?

This information by Healthline is very helpful.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods that people used to eat in countries like Italy and Greece back in 1960.

Researchers noted that these people were exceptionally healthy compared to Americans and had a low risk of many lifestyle diseases.

Numerous studies have now shown that the Mediterranean diet can cause weight loss and help prevent heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes and premature death.

There is no one right way to follow the Mediterranean diet, as there are many countries around the Mediterranean sea and people in different areas may have eaten different foods.

This article describes the dietary pattern typically prescribed in studies that suggest it’s a healthy way of eating.

Consider all of this as a general guideline, not something written in stone. The plan can...

October 3, 2018

The 82nd Annual Mountain State Forest Festival is scheduled for October 4-7, 2018 in Elkins, WV.

The Mountain State Forest Festival is one of the largest and oldest festivals in West Virginia, continuing to promote the beauty and splendor of our mountains and valleys in all their autumn glory and promoting prudent development, conservation and culture of our abundant natural resources for the future.

The festival affords us the opportunity to share with our community and state the important role West Virginia’s natural resources play in our economic development. Rich in tradition, the Festival also plays a major role in our local and state economy and offers something for everyone to enjoy, such as, headline concerts and music shows, lumberjack competition, forestry & wood exhibits, juried art show, photography exhibit, quilt show, arts and crafts, amusement rides, (3) parades and the Royal Coronation of Queen Silvia.

Randolph County and the City of Elkins open their streets to accommodat...

October 2, 2018

From: CNN

By Nina Avramova

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes: Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.

Millie Snyder, an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and entrepreneur, has been positively impacting people’s lives for nearly fifty years with her message of healthy living.

This article from CNN reveals something Millie has known all-along.

A Mediterranean diet -- rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish -- could help lower a person's risk of depression, a new study says.

The research, published Wednesday, analyzed 41 studies on the topic and found a link between people's diet and their chances of developing depression.

People who followed a strict Mediterranean diet had a 33% lower risk of being diagnosed with depression compared to people...

September 26, 2018

Millie Snyder will be talking about healthy eating at the 82nd Mountain State Forest Festival October 5-7 in Elkins, West Virginia.

She will be selling copies of her Lean and Luscious and Lean and Luscious Meatless cookbooks. She’ll also have sample recipes available.

Find out more about the Forest Festival at https://www.forestfestival.com/

September 11, 2018

Come to the 77th Buckwheat Festival in Kingwood, West Virginia September 27-29, 2018 for all the attractions that a local festival has to offer. There will livestock, games, pageants, a carnival and a car show.

While you’re there, say hello to Millie Snyder. She will be signing copies of her Lean and Luscious and Lean and Luscious Meatless cookbooks. She’ll also have some recipes to share.

For more information on the Buckwheat Festival, visit the website.

May 14, 2018

New Orleans is known for its great food and even bigger parties, but Millie Snyder hopes to teach the city a thing or two.

She will join other authors from Headline Books, the publisher of Lean and Luscious and Lean and Luscious Meatless at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans from June 22 to 25, 2018.

The event is at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans, LA.

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