ThinNet by Adele Baughn Wilson and Anna Baughn

Check into ThinNet when you’re on the Web. It’s not a gimmick. We won’t give you the latest in scientific research, or profess to know the best exercise for anyone. Because we’re people. Just plain people. Okay, so we live in Hollywood and have agents and frequent hot-spot owned by stars…. we’re still just plain people. So, we won’t give you the hype.

What we will give you is freedom. Freedom to make better choices. Freedom to eat what you like without feeling guilty. Freedom to make meals for one or two… or ten… Every issue will give you something new. And it will give all health-conscious users the opportunity to lose that ‘secretaries spread’ while surfing the internet.

If you are like many people today, you want to eat healthy, but you’re confused and you’re busy. ThinNet will show you that it’s easier than you can possibly imagine. ThinNet can help tailor your own favorite recipes into low fat, healthy meals and treats. ThinNet will enable you to make clearer decisions about your choices at the grocery store and in restaurants. Logical changes that won’t make you (or your family, if you have one), miss the foods that you love.

And if you are the type who doesn’t know how to decipher a tablespoon from a teaspoon, don’t despair. We’ll do a legend in an upcoming issue.

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Make the Healthy Choice.

The government keeps changing their minds about fitness standards. For years we’ve been told that if you are “this height” you are healthy at “this weight.” The new standards, believe it or not, tell us that we need to be even THINNER! And who will be targeted with a barrage of thin, thin, thin? Young girls and women.

The societal pressure is not restricted there: The number of men who now enter treatment centers for eating disorders is steadily on the rise. Psychologists and sociologists attribute that to the increase in image consciousness for men.

It takes a conscious effort to realize that women are judged by what they weigh, while men are judged by what they accomplish and how much money they make. And we are not teaching our children good mental health, either. Women are still the highest percent of victims, and literally kill themselves trying to be thin instead of healthy.

Estimates show that 1 in 5 female college students has an eating disorder. Not all eating disorders are classified as anorexia. An eating disorder is just that. That includes obsession with timing of each meal; making sure calories are always under 1,000 each day; constantly dieting; skipping meals intentionally; taking diuretics (water pills) and laxatives; bingeing and purging (bulimia); and the ultimate physical killer, anorexia.

These disorders are always accompanied by obsession with appearance. Anorexia, however, is a symptom of very deep emotional problems. Any eating disorder is pure torture on your body. And fat is essential to men and women to process many important minerals which keep your body functioning. The ultimate prices paid when you deprive yourself of nutrients is tooth decay and loss; hair loss; stoppage of menstruation; heart failure; kidney failure; death.

Young girls learn from TV, movies, magazines, and their mothers, to emulate super models who in fact, on average, weight 23% less than a normal, healthy American woman. And they learn that society won’t accept them any other way.

Here’s a kicker: the Latin and African American cultures don’t have as many of these problems, because their role models are not judged on how thin they are. The images of their women are healthy, and they don’t seem to suffer the same pressures toward the gaunt look!

ThinNet wants to help you make good, healthy choices for foods. To keep out the excess fat, because the American diet is laden with fat. We want you to know that you can still eat good food, but reduce the fat, because too much fat is also bad. But there is a balance. Besides, if you get off your duff and add exercise to your daily routine, the combination of healthy diet and exercise will prove to be your best bet.

ThinNet Recipes

Very Low Fat Chicken Enchiladas


  • 2 Cups cooked, shredded chicken breast meat
  • 3 Cups shredded fat-free Monterey Jack Cheese, divided (recommend Healthy Choice)
  • 1/2 Cup chopped onion
  • 1 Can (4.5 oz) chopped green chilies
  • 1 Can (19 oz) green or red enchilada sauce, reduced calorie (recommend Las Palmas)
  • 8 Corn Tortillas (recommend Mission brand)
  • 3/4 Cup fat-free sour cream (recommend Knudsen)

Cooking Instructions:

1) Combine shredded chicken, 2 cups of the cheese, onion and green chilies in a small bowl. Set aside.

2) Bring enchilada sauce to boil in a small skillet. Remove from heat. Dip each tortilla into the heated sauce to soften. As you remove each tortilla:

3) Measure out 1/3 cup of chicken/cheese mixture, and two tablespoons of sour cream, and spread chicken, then sour cream down center of tortilla. Roll; place tortillas seam-side down in a 13×9 baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. After all eight enchiladas are placed, pour the remaining heated sauce over top (you may use additional sauce if you feel necessary). The sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese over the top.

4) Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Makes 4 servings. Serve each person two enchiladas with a side of non-fat re-fried beans, and salad with Kraft Free Thousand Island dressing.

ThinNet’s Version of Spicy Creamed Chicken and Peas

Quantity / Item and Description

  1. (4) 4 to 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 2 C – non-fat milk
  3. 2 T – All Purpose Flour
  4. 1/2 t – Black pepper (or to taste)
  5. 1 t – Garlic powder (or to taste)
  6. 1/4 t – Chili powder (or to taste)
  7. 1 – 10 oz. pkg. frozen peas, unthawed

Step 1. Spray large skillet with cooking spray. Best to use non-stick pan.

Step 2. Make sauce: Put flour, milk and spices in large skillet. Mix over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil.

Step 3. Add chicken breasts and peas to pan. Separate peas if necessary. Cover. Reduce heat. Simmer until chicken is done, about 15-20 minutes.

Serve with plain baked potato (the sauce is great with a baked potato), and steamed green vegetable or salad.

  • Per Serving:
  • Calories: 252
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Protein: Approximately 32 grams
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 27 grams

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