reclaim your waistline: video preview
+ a competition!

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For more details about the class or to sign up CLICK HERE

reclaim your waistline

No recipe today folks.

Just wanted to share a little video I’ve pulled together to give you a preview of Reclaim Your Waistline – my upcoming 4 week class at The Stonesoup Virtual Cookery School.

and announce …

the competition!

If you love your food AND would also like to lose weight, now’s your chance.

Win one of 10 FREE places in the Reclaim Your Waistline class!

Just leave a comment below or email me and tell me why you should win a free place in the class. I’m looking for creativity and enthusiasm!

Entries close midnight Tuesday 15th February 2011.

the fine print:
The winners will be announced on Stonesoup Wednesday 16th Feb.
The winning entrant will be notified by email and the results published on Stonesoup – unless the winners wish to remain anonymous.
The judge’s decision will be final and no other correspondence shall be entered into.

ps. If you know of someone who might be interested, please share this page with them. I’d really appreciate it.

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Jana February 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I’d love to win! We have started eating this way wince November and my husband has already lost 24 pounds

jules February 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Awesome Jana
Glad to hear your husband has already had some brilliant results! Thanks for being the first in too – you were quick!

Jodie February 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

It started off with moving countries, Christmas tipped the scales – my clothes are getting tighter and my will power often fails!
I love my eggs and toast, salami is so fine….. Jules I really need your help to reclaim my lost waistline!

Jill February 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hi Jules! Looks good :). I’m newly vegetarian and figuring out more creative ways to cook and also keep fit… And maybe lose 10 lbs ;). Thank you for offering this!

Jeannette February 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I would love to win a spot, Christmas did me in! Somewhere under all this winter padding is a waistline. Love the cookbook by the way, bought it last week and have already made several yummy recipes, thanks!

patti February 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Hi Jules! I would love to win a spot! I’m a college student, and, uh, let’s just say I’ve gained a bit of weight since high school. I also have the specific challenges that come with being a student of extremely limited time (work, school, internship, etc.), and not a ton of cash to spend on food. Clearly, I could use some guidance!!


Lisette February 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Oohhh! Pick me! Pick me! I’m a graduate student(and thus strapped for cash) and have been enjoying getting the Stone Soup newsletter in my email for a couple of months! I was really excited to read about this class, but alas, I can’t find the money in my budget for it :( Someday, when I’m a real adult and have a job, which will hopefully happen in May, I’ll actually be able to afford paying for a class like this, but for now I must beg on my hands and knees for you to choose me! I also could really use help with learning to eat well and loosing the Freshman 15 + the 20 pounds I gained when I turned 21 and learned to drink good beer! Also, I don’t want to sound like brown-noser, but this video was the first one I’ve watched, and I kinda want to take the class just to hear your pretty accent!

CHKee February 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

In 2003, I am at my highest – 115kg. Suffered from chronic back pain and someday, I just can’t bring myself to get out of bed. Then, I got involved in a terrible accident and that really jolted me up! I changed my lifestyle and eating habit, successfully lost 20kg in two years. However, the weight gradually came back and now I am stuck at 95kg. Can’t fit into some of my old dress now…
For the past few years, school works and classes took up most of our free time. Our daily staple food consist of take-outs and more carbs! Recently, my husband and I just finished grad school and we are ready to begin the next phase of our life – healthier & happier US!
We recently celebrated Chinese New Year and I think we have both put on some extra weights… Difficult to resist delicious baked cookies and home-cook food right?
So, Jules, looking forward to your wonderful recipes and we are ready reclaim our lost waistlines.

jami February 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I’m really wanting to lose about 20 lbs. My husband just lost some weight and is very focused on fitness right now, and I’d like it to be a common interest for us. Plus, if I can learn these methods and convince him and the kids to follow along as well, it will be a great, healthy, fun way to eat together! (Also, I’m a baker, and I find the idea of giving up carbs very difficult, but keeping it in check would be great!)

Trishy February 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I would love to win! I have 30kg to lose and 2 kids who take up all my time. I love that you use 5 ingredients. I am always a bit freaked out by recipes with too many ingredients and so I end up sticking with the same old boring food. It would be great to add some new healthy recipes to our home menu. I’d also like to be able to teach my kids to cook healthy meals so they don’t end up with the same weight problems that I have.

Megan O February 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I’m an Army wife (who’s husband is gone) and have 2 preschoolers to keep up with. I’m a decent cook but don’t have a ton of time and in general am under a lot of stress. For the first time in my life I don’t just want to loose weight but I want to be healthy and make healthier choices for my family. I’d love to be able to keep up with my soldier for once!

Francesca February 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Hi Jules, I have been following your blog since the summer and I am not ashamed to come out only now to enter the giveaway!
I have always been on the chubby side but I always loved my curves, then I met my husband, a chef, and things wend downhill. You see, the man can really cook, but he is totally clueless about light cooking! I already showed him your 5 ingredients recipes and he loved it, so I’d love to win a spot to make him cook better meals for me… yes I am that selfish :-)

jmg February 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Hi Jules
I love your recipes and style of cooking. I am mum of 3, love cooking and am very creative in the kitchen. Our family eats wonderful healthy meals together each night which I thoroughly enjoy cooking. I am fairly fit but struggle to loose weight around my middle and I know its from CARBS CARBS CARBS. I also purchased the 4 hour body a few weeks ago and have been following it okish but my problem is I run out of recipe ideas …i get so over the meat meat meat stuff and would love some help with new ideas for slow carb cooking where quality fresh ingredients are used to develop simple slow carb meals. The only part I struggle with in the 4 hour body is repeating the same meals over and over…I get so bored so quickly! The class sounds great and just the type of help I need to keep my motivation for cooking delicious food with a healthy slow carb influence. Bring it on!

Electra February 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I discovered your good’n’simple cooking philosophy and got your e-book when I moved into a new house with a brand new modern kitchen and have been making breakfast and lunches for work in a jiffy ever since. I still tend to potter around and get a bit experimental – my herbs’n’spices cupboard caters to every cuisine on the planet – but have been encouraged to make the most of good quality produce and am learning to enjoy the minimalist approach. I’m ready to try one of your classes now. My laptop computer is already covered in food from living on the kitchen bench. Let’s see if it can survive an online cooking class! :-)

Cate February 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Please pick us!
Love from me, my partner and my two girls will ensue
Eating should help our bodies, not hinder them
And we need all the help we can get
Surely our lives can be healthier?
Even small changes will make a huge difference

Perhaps you can be the change we’re seeking?
If we can participate, it’ll really help at least four people
Can you please help me to teach my daughters to have a healthy attitude to food?
Kicking my attitude to food will ensure they don’t face the same demons as me

Useful information is what we really need
So we can we healthy and happy

Thank-you for considering our application!

Jennifer February 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I would really like to lose the 20 lbs I have gained. I am trying to restructure my eating habits and would love to participate in the class. Thanks!

Georgia Groomes February 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I am a grandmother with diabetes who has been following your blog since you did the 5 ingredients in 10 minutes minimalist cooking. Our menu has changed a lot because of your recipes. We eat fresh and organic as much as possible but still need to reduce carbs and our weight. Please help.

Shawn Ransford February 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm

This would be a gift for my beautiful wife. She enjoys cooking and works out like a maniac. However, she struggles with actually losing weight. She is by no means heavy, but would like to lose an extra 20 lbs. I would absolutely love her to have an opportunity to take this class. We have both recently made commitments to eat cleaner and focus on a healthy lifestyle. She cooks, so this would benefit us both! One problem she has is making the time to feed herself…she is always focused on serving the family first. Five ingredients might just help :) . Thanks for all you do!

Jill February 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Hi Jules! I’d love to win a spot in the class! You look great and I enjoyed the video of the class preview. 2 years ago I lost 30 pounds by counting calories and exercising. I’ve gained back 10 and I want to stop the gaining back process. Thanks!

DelphB February 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I will turn 35 on the week the course starts and would love to do something for myself for once! I love cooking and am blessed with two food loving kids (Lucy who turned 5 on Monday and baby Colin who’s 7 months and whose favourites are pureed avocado, papaya and parsnip).
I’m delighted that my two kids are on their way to being real foodies, but I’m a bit sad that even with regular exercise, my waistline still shows no sign of returning to its original self. The course would be a perfect kick and an extra-motivation to make the right changes and stop finishing the kids plates ;-) Thanks for the giveaway!

Lori February 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I am a long time cruiser and volunteer writer for an organization of 600,000 boaters in the US and Canada, many of whom love to cruise and cook aboard. I write about easy ways to cook great food aboard a boat (usually with galleys much smaller than a kitchen) and your approach, 5 ingredients cooking, is just the kind of thing they would enjoy. However, as the demographic tends to be a bit older 45+, I often find that boaters are looking for ways to eat well while losing weight and I’d like to help them do so. Winning your 4 week class will enable me to write knowledgeably about this, refer them to your website and classes, and ultimately help thousands of boaters “reclaim their waistlines” using 5 ingredient cooking! If you want to see the site, go to

KathyT February 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Hello there! I would love to win a spot in this class! Since discovering your blog and your genius 5 ingredient recipes I actually don’t groan (as much!) about cooking supper. Plus, your little broccoli cartoon and the font you used for the promo are precious. Thanks for the opportunity!

Karen February 11, 2011 at 12:17 am

I was first attracted to your website because “simplify” is my middle name. I love your 5 ingredient recipes. I would love to win a spot in your Reclaim Your Waistline Class because early menopause has made me heavy, weak, and sluggish. I’m an older mom to a nine-year-old boy and I work in a preschool. I want to feel light and energetic to keep up with these great children. I also want to set a good example for my son and show him how you can eat a healthy, delicious, and SIMPLE diet. I lost 20 pounds on South Beach and then gained them all back plus 20 more! I think the Cheat Day is a BRILLIANT idea. That is what I needed to keep from getting bored on South Beach and feeling like I would be deprived for the rest of my life. I am sure you will provide many more wonderful ideas and information in your class.

Taylor February 11, 2011 at 12:35 am

Since I turned 60, I have had a personal trainer and have been working on strength and cardio. Trying to eat right but still, even with weight loss, have the Valentine’s Day love handles which are good for only one day and then never be seen again. Would love to try your program. I will never be too old to improve my health. Planning to run half marathon to celebrate 70 without love handles.

Shannon February 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

Need to lose some weight
My waistline has gone missing
Really miss my toes.

Jules – hope there are points for creativity (or lack there of) in the contest! I’ve submitted my entry in haiku format! ;)

Janet February 11, 2011 at 1:03 am

Good morning to all! I have been having health problems after going through early menopause at 37. I am now 100 lbs overweight and can’t seem to get back on track for more than a day or two. I am killing myself and I am desperate for some help. I don’t know where my self discipline went, but I haven’t seen it in years. I know what to do, I just can’t keep it up and I would like some accountability. Thank you! Have a great day!

Mette Larsen February 11, 2011 at 1:21 am

Dear Jules,
For me this class wouldn’t be about reclaiming my waistline ( as I don’t recall ever having one). But I would love to go on this adventurous treasure hunt. You have the map :-)

kirsten February 11, 2011 at 1:51 am

jules, first thank you for your blog. i love it. i am very interested in this class, since although i am extremely health conscious about eating, i have slowly gained weight. and now i finally understand why. carbs and sugar! i never ate refined sugar, but baking enough healthy treats will also do the job. i could really use your help to learn more about slow carb eating. a busy mom of 3, winning this class would make it happen for me. all the best to you. i think you are doing something important!

SarahB February 11, 2011 at 1:59 am

I joined a gym. (for the first time ever) I’ve tried the healthy eating (Obviously helpful but tedious meals aren’t always easy after work) My work always has pizza lying around. (I have a problem saying no) I work with kids, and they are the most honest people ever. In the last few months I’ve been asked when I’m having my baby (not pregnant) and when begged to go to the gym by the kids, my stomach has been grabbed and told, “You could go to.” I need a lifestyle change, I’m working on the moving around part, now I need some nutrition counseling. Help!

Emma February 11, 2011 at 2:21 am

I’ve been struggling with years to lose some weight, but it is incredibly difficult when you are a poor student, or now a poor graduate with only a contract job who will be unemployed in a couple months with student loans to pay, and when you can’t eat wheat. I’m running and weightlifting, but eating right is the most difficult part! I’d love to participate in the class.

Kristi February 11, 2011 at 2:36 am

Literally have stones in my cabinets.. or, let’s be honest, dust bunnies. My bf hates canned tuna. AND, I discovered your blog yesterday and read every post (yes, I have a job, just a lot of afternoon down time !!)

I would love to participate– for sake of fun and education :)

Kim Hopkins February 11, 2011 at 3:50 am

Hi! I’m 15 pounds in to a 35 pound weight loss journey and I’m running out of ideas! I’ve been eating the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch and could really benefit from mixing it up a little!

Abigail February 11, 2011 at 4:44 am

I’m an aspiring holistic nutritionist who has a hunger (oh god bad pun) to learn about various schools of thought regarding food. I am a long-time admirer of your simple and elegant recipes and I would love to participate in this class so that I can learn more about your philosophies of food and how I can apply them to my own nutritional beliefs. Thank you!

Tracey February 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

I would love to win a spot in your class because one, I need to lose weight. I’m approximately 20 lbs overweight and will be running my third half marathon in May. The more weight I can lose the faster I can run and I’d love to run a sub 3-hour half marathon :) Two, I’m a klutz in the kitchen. You can ask my dear boyfriend who dutifully samples everything I try to cook. Your simple 5 ingredient recipes are AMAZING and I only wish I had found your blog sooner. I made the chickpea, greens, parm, and lemon juice salad from your free e-book for lunch today and it was delicious (and filling!).

Please give me a spot in your class so I can lose weight, feel better, run faster, and cook better! <3

Laine February 11, 2011 at 6:28 am

My husband and I just got married this year, and as newlyweds, we’ve done a ton of cooking, hosting, and generally experiencing and talking about food. Yes, we are foodies! But, I am a much “health-conscious” and minimalist cook, and while my husband wants to be in better shape and health, he still struggles with how to do that in the grocery store, at restaurants, and, especially, in the kitchen!

Monique February 11, 2011 at 7:37 am

Wow, thanks for the chance to win! I would love to regain my waistline! I have just started a learn to run programme in the hope of losing some weight. So I just the food side of it now to really get on top of things! Thanks again.

Kathy Schlecht February 11, 2011 at 7:55 am

Hi Jules,
My goals for this year are to modify and maintain healthy eating and stress management. I am a full time social worker, and my partner is a recent cancer survivor.I need to lose 40 lbs,and rehab a knee. We are both pursuing second careers at the same time.Taking the class would allow us to have some support and new horizons in healthy eating and living. Thank You!!!!

Natalie S. February 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

I would LOVE Reclaim Your Waistline because I’ve recently started eating cleaner, more simple meals, and I would love to see your take on that approach to eating.

sue mc February 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

Hi Jules,
Firstly, thank you for your commitment to food in all aspects of life…as a cook who has always worked in the industry,I admire your philosophy behind cooking, eating and at the same time holding firm to your commitment to helping others share in your ideals. As for my waistline…well I would love to know where it’s gone!!!My daughter is to be married at the end of March, and being a part of your virtual “weight-loss to waist discovery” programme would be perfect timing for me!!!
In any case, as I approach my last year in the 50′s, I really need to adapt to a style of eating that I can take with me as I age healthily!
Keep up your fantastic work…we are all the better for having you in our lives.

Jenna Noll February 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

I would LOVE to be in the class! I’m a college student, and I’m trying to learn how to cook. It can be difficult because I’m pressed for time a lot. I LOVE your blog, because 5 ingredients is perfect. I usually don’t have a ton of stuff at my apartment, and I don’t like to have to buy 20 ingredients for one little meal. The short ingredient lists are one reason I keep coming back to your website, on top of the amazing food! I’m also trying to get my bikini-bod back before bathing suit season. My boyfriend is a personal trainer (but he lives an hour away, so sadly I rarely get to take advantage), and I would love to show him up and shock him with my new slim stomach in a few months. Also, being in college means I have NO money, ever, so the chance to take one of your classes for free would be amazing. I recently became a vegetarian, and learning to cook has been fun, but I’m still not very good at it. So please, pick me! I need all the instruction I can get!

Mariana February 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

Hi Jules. I admire what you are doing and I wish you well with the class. It’s certainly a worthwhile cause given the society and the eating patterns of today. A couple of years ago, I ran a course with our local TAFE called “Eat, Live and Be Mediterranean”. I was very passionate about trying to help people to explore a different “mindset” towards eating, shopping and living in general. I noticed that only about two people in every class (12 generally) were actually interested in doing this. Most people simply wanted to cook and eat the recipes. I found this aspect somewhat disappointing. It’s a hard thing asking people to essentially change the way they are so used to eating and living. Even little changes. People get excited and may stick with it for a little while, but old patterns seem had to break. I wish you all the luck in the world and I hope you achieve your goals.

Paul February 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

I’ve been doing the low carb/high-protein CSIRO style diet thing for 4 weeks now and lost 5kg. I know it works and I don’t get that hungry…


…I really need some good recipe inspiration… i’m getting sick of boiled eggs for breakfast and steak or fish and salad for dinner.

Hopefully I’ll learn something in your course. so I’m throwing my hat in the ring!

Emma February 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

I am a busy mum of two busy boys and partner to one very hardworking chap. I’d love to know more about how to feed ourselves in a nutritious but healthy way. I’d love to be more in control of my weight and my eating and I’d like to pass on good habits to my boys so that they don’t face the same difficulties as adults. Plus I’d like some yummy recipes to make for my family!

Ellen February 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Hi Jules,
I’m 51 and approaching menopause and find that weight is beginning to appear around my middle as never before. I don’t have a lot to loose, but I need a kick start to get me focused and motivated to make those changes (and not to cheat so much). I’d love to win a spot in your new class and to be the token 50 year old with all the changes that comes with this stage of life (it’s a great stage by the way, but a lot of changes).
Love your blog and so enjoying simplifying my cooking with your fun ideas and recipies!

Tom February 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

G’day Jules,
Thanks for a wonderful opportunity for 10 people. My wish is to be one of the 10. In spite of walking
10-11 miles a day at work (retail, home improvement), I’ve grown from 165 lbs., to 235. My waist
went from 32″ to 50″ on a thin 5’9″ frame . The hours are so varied that one day I can work 6am-3pm
and the next 2pm-11pm., and all manner of different hours day after day. Without a consistent wake
up and go to sleep time, I’m losing the battle. Fast food has replaced sensible food, and I’d love to learn
how to prepare better meals that actually taste good and don’t require hours to prepare. Help, 57 years
old and falling apart! Thanks for your consideration.

Angela February 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hello, there! It would be such a great experience to win this online course. I am in my mid-20s and am trying to end my fast food diet to live more healthfully. Also, I am getting married in a few months. While I don’t believe that people should starve themselves to look good for one day, I would like to begin my marriage with a commitment to each other and our health. We have decided to make health a priority in our lives and I could use the direction this course will provide to lose weight and get healthy. Thank you for considering my entry! -Angela

Nicole February 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I love the sound of this new class, and I would love to win a free place. Because I have to tell you, I am CONFUSED! I am currently in training for a long distance swimming race (20km from Cottesloe to Rottnest in just two weeks time). With the huge amounts of swimming I’ve been doing for about 8 months I really thought I would be struggling to keep the weight on. Instead, I am not really all that much different i.e. a little padded around the edges!! I agree with your point about your running training that your body compensates by giving you a huge appetite, but I haven’t let my appetite go crazy. I would have thought that on a strict energy-in / energy-out equation, I would have lost at least 10kg over this time. I’ve definitely been eating heaps of carbs… but my attempts at eating low carb while doing lots of exercise haven’t worked out for me in the past. So I need your help!

Anyway, the swim is happening two weeks tomorrow, and after that I’m going to have to adjust my diet for less training, and it would be the ideal time to learn how I can lose the pesky 5kg that always seems to be hanging around!

Oh and the free bit – doing the Rotto swim is really expensive, and I don’t have the spare cash right now to join up. : )

Cheers, Nicole

Narelle February 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Reclaim my waist line. I need to find it again before it can be reclaimed. I have trouble finding it now as I work 5 days and have 2 kids and a hubby cook for. I turn to food in happy times, sad times and times of trouble. I need someone to help me turn to good food during these times. I think that someone is you Jules.

Kari February 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm

A cooking class freebie would be a big boost for the mission that I’m on – reclaiming my waistline and generally be more ME with less OF me.
It all started 5 years ago with THE most amazing diving experience in Manta Ray Bay in the Whitsundays (yes – Australia. The trip of my life!). The next was an amazing Christmas present from my dad & brother – a diving course. Having completed that about two years ago, I was ready to buy my own diving gear. Because I live in Norway, I have to ‘dress up’ properly before jumping in – otherwise it’s a short and cold experience!! Now, imagine this paradox: the buoyancy of the gear (and ME!) makes it necessary for me to have 14 kilos of LEAD round my waist in addition to the heavy gas flasks etc. on my back. ARRGHH! I can hardly move (above water that is. Once I’m in, I’m fine.)
It would be so much better to reduce my buyoancy than have to buy more lead!!

I’ve been following your blog for some time now, and I seriously like what you’re doing. It basically makes sense!

Keep up the good work!!

Chiara February 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I love this poem of gratitude about the simple pleasures of life.
Good and healthy food is no doubt one of them.

“Otherwise” (by Jane Kenyon)

I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.

At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.

from “Otherwise”, 1996

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