Jell-O vs. Creme Brule

Today is Wednesday, May 14th

The topic or question of the day is:

Remember the line in My Best Friend’s Wedding: “You’re never gonna be Jell-O?

     For those of you who did not see the movie, My Best Friends Wedding, Julia Roberts, who was from a modest upbringing said to the upper class girl (Cameron Diaz) engaged to Julia’s old best friend…”You are Crème Brule, you’re never gonna be Jell-O. I am Jell-O.” This line always struck me, especially when it comes to body types. I have seen all body types in the past 33 years of practice and I keep telling everyone, we are all as different as our fingerprints. Each person is beautifully and wonderfully made, some with very large frames/bones several with medium and a selected with very slight frames and everything in between. People expect they somehow will look like they are 18 years old again when in reality their hormones have changed, afflictions occurred, and life had its twists and turns. Many people are living unrealistic lives with naïve expectations when it comes to their weight. I see so much unhappiness with “dieting,” causing unnecessary hardships and it makes me sad. I encourage people to just stop the fire! Either lose a realistic amount of weight 10-25 pounds in the next 6 months to a year, or make a commitment to not gain anymore weight.  Small changes make a difference.

     To the younger generation I would say: Pick a weight today that you never want to go over and when you get close, begin making changes or you will keep gaining weight. If you have gained 10 pounds this past year, the chances that average will continue and in one decade, (only 10 years), another 100 pounds will be added to your frame.

Tip of Quote of the Day:

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”

–      Psalm 139:13

Take Action Today:

  • Be thankful for the life and breath you have been given and make the best of your circumstances.
  • Commit to a realistic kind of weight loss if needed or wanted.
  • If you are young, pick a weight you never want to go over.
  • Don’t go through life wishing it were different, you will be miserable.
  • Look into your heart, and examine it carefully.



A Call To Action

Today is Thursday, January 16th

 The topic or question of the day:

 A Call to Action

Making slow changes in your day to day life can produce huge benefits.  It begins with thinking about food and taking action.  Did you know your body and your brain are tethered? Hippocrates said what goes on in your brain goes on in your body.  Another way of saying it from Proverbs is “As a man thinketh, so he does”.

With 2/3 of our population overweight, I don’t know many people who are not trying to lose weight or eat healthier.  The food industry and media are defining what is healthy for us, and we are mindlessly taking accepting what is said.  I ask you to THINK for yourself and examine yourself to see if you are falling prey to the gimmicks. 

Healthy weight loss does not happen fast.  Today we are going to talk about fat.   The “experts” are correct when they report that fat is 9 calories per gram, double compared to protein or carbohydrate.  This is why sliming down fat intake can cut your waistline. Instead of abruptly deciding no more fat…start slowly by tracking your visible fat and check out a food label or two.  Visible fat is fat YOU put on or in your food.  Salad dressings, butter, margarine, sour cream, mayonnaise, gravy, cream sauces, peanut butter on toast!  Try to use less visible fat this week or eliminate a good amount of it.  If your mayonnaise falls off your knife before it gets to your food, you took too much.  Use spray oils, make dips less fatty, or gravy with cornstarch and Hauser broth.  Use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese in recipes.  Make faux guacamole with thawed frozen green peas, pureed and add cilantro, chopped onions and tomatoes, lime juice and garlic.  We love the taste and feel of fat in our mouths, but like many things, intake must be moderated. 

Procrastination or lack of motivation tends to prevent succeeding with such changes.  I hear this statement often… “I just don’t want to mess up my kitchen!”  I encourage you to clean your Food Cookery if needed and try recipes using real food. Tomorrow we will talk about fake fats, the phony’s that you will want to avoid.  Stay tuned.

Tip or quote of the day:

“Procrastination is the most common manifestation of resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize.  We don’t tell ourselves – I am never going to write a symphony.  Instead we say- I am going to write a symphony, I’m just going to start tomorrow.  Never forget: This very moment we can change our lives.  Sit down and start doing the work”. – Steven Pressfield

Take action today:

1.  Get into your Food Cookery (kitchen) and make something!

2.  Take note of your visible fat usage

3.  Start writing your symphony

 Peanut Carrot Dip

Mix peanut butter with purred carrots.  Homemade, baby food, or canned carrots, rinsed, drained and pureed will work.  Mix a percentage that tickles your taste.

For example:  70:30, 60:40, 50:50 ratios of peanut butter to pureed carrots.  This cuts way back on the FAT content.  Use as a dip for celery, mini shredded wheat, sliced apple rings or spread as peanut butter on a whole grain cracker.  Cinnamon can also be added.

2 T regular peanut butter = 22 g fat. 

2 T of a 50:50 version = 11 g fat