Sure, it’s tied in with getting and staying healthy, but it makes you feel restrained. In a country where most people have access to all the food they want, it’s hard to think about limiting yourself.
Several times a week, I try to be content with eating soup without crackers and cheese, but I haven’t been able to make it a habit. Then there’s the low-carb diet, which supposedly lets me eat all I want, as long as I severely limit my carbs. And I do love bread, and desserts of all kinds. Luckily, strawberries and sometimes blueberries and blackberries are plentiful, reasonable in cost, and good for you. With a little Cool Whip, berries make a healthy, low carb dessert.
My husband has admitted his pants are getting tight, and he should lose weight. If a doctor tells him that, he is likely to change doctors, even though he is overweight. So, I try to serve only low-carb vegetables, but I get tired of the ten we both like. And then there’s a sale on Blue Bell Ice cream, which he dearly loves. Since he has a low-functioning heart and may not live many more years, do I want to deprive him of small joys?
Unfortunately, snacks add calories to those of healthy meals. Somehow, an apple doesn’t seem very satisfying. I’ve read nuts are better snacks, so I keep some mixed nuts on hand to discourage us from eating graham crackers and Ritz crackers. (Luckily, they are not as tasty as cookies, so we are not tempted to eat more at one time.)
But then I read a report from Dr. Rand McClain from LCR Health stating the best nuts are Macadamia (which are expensive) and Almonds, but Cashews are not so good because they have anti-nutrient compounds. His sources are the science departments of the University of Memphis, Florida State University, and University of Toyama.
Even then, it’s not wise to eat too many nuts because they are high in fat and calories and some kinds may cause digestive problems. And while exercise helps, it all boils down to eating less carbs and less calories, because studies show people who eat less calories live longer.
Here’s a recipe for Apple Whiz – a quick low-calorie dessert:
Mixture of Cinnamon and sugar or Sweet ‘n Low
Cut the apple in quarters and remove seeds and tough parts around them. Slice thin (about 1/8th to 5/16th inches thick). Spread on a plate and sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture. Microwave for 2-3 minutes and serve with toothpicks. Serves two.
Recipe from There Is Life After Lettuce by Pepper Durcholz, Alberta Gentry, and Carolyn Williamson