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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Hors doeuvres, not Horse Devours!

I was a-huffin' and a-puffin' -- a-strainin' and a-sweatin- as I dragged my excess 30 pounds up the 600+ foot trail to Thunder Knob last month. Whew!! Well, whatdayaexpect when you're toting an extra 30 pounds around? It's like carrying a suitcase around with you everywhere you go. To be fair, in my defense, I have been losing weight; just very slowly. About a pound a month. Which is good, right? But kinda slow, nonetheless.

Maybe thats why this little book caught my eye while I was flipping through magazines in the book section down at the Rite Aid store... "The Small Change Diet" by Keri Gans. It's loaded with creative ways to trim the fat from your plate and your derriere.

Here are a couple of tips I really like...

* Mentally divide your plate into 4 equal parts like a pizza. One fourth of your plate should contain protein. (A piece of meat about the size of your cell phone.) One fourth should have starchy carbs like bread, potatoes, etc. This means 1 slice of bread OR 1 small potato OR 1 helping of rice. The other half of the plate is reserved for fruit and veggies. Period.

* When attending a celebration, don't loiter by the food. Hang out with the people instead. Remember that the party is about people; not the food. So go have a little chat with crazy Aunt Marge or cut a rug on the dance floor instead of pigging out at the hors doeuvres table. Just so were clear here...hors doeurves roughly translated means 'little snacks' in French. It's not Horse Devours like we once thought or behaved...capish??? Nuff said. If cake is offered, go ahead and accept it, but try to eat only half. And do not starve yourself ahead of time in an effort to compensate for overeating at the wing-ding. You're setting yourself up to fail.

* Love french fries? Go ahead, but eat 1/2 of a small bag.

* Instead of thinking, what will I serve with my chicken or main dish tonight; plan a wonderful salad or veggie dish first. Then complement the veggies with a small main dish. It's just a subtle way of thinking...but it makes you begin prioritize veggies in your brain.

*Good news...Pasta is just fine to eat in moderation. Bad news...That means only 1/2 cup of noodles. Good news...You can slather on all the marinara you want. Go ahead, douse that plate with red sauce. Bad news.. No french bread for you!!! (the noodles are your one starchy choice.) More bad news...Stay off the sauce...the white stuff, that is; it's just too darn fatty. More good news! You're gonna be svelte and slim in no time!

There you have it! See, you can have your cake and eat it too. In moderation of course. Now get out on that dance floor and show those young-uns how to do the Funky Chicken!

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4 comments:

ellen b. said...

Sounds sensible and doable...

euthymic said...

Hope those tips work. Do you have a root crop in your area called camote? In the Philippines it's a sweet potato. I have lost a lot of weight lately just by eating camote with steamed fish or grilled chicken. Camote is actually very filling and you don't get hungry for a long time. And I still get to drink an afternoon float, too.

Linda O'Connell said...

Debora, I heard a doctor say that everyone could lose weight if they threw away half their order of french fries. I'm thinking about sweet potato fries.

farmlady said...

All good advice... then there's the part called EXERCISE.
All small steps in the right direction.
I wish you well.

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