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Cooking Game Readers Play – Santa Cruz Sentinel

In response to a recent column on the cooking games we play, I received these lovely letters:

Hello Barbara,

I’m used to browsing the newspaper but recently your article (Food Games We Play) caught my attention. I’ll tell you mine.

This habit started in high school. Every time a cake or cookie was served at the table, I would cut the cake slice in half. I would break the cookie in half, determined to eat only half of it. About 90% of the time, I go back for the other half. I am 70 years old. How can I still do this?

My husband is constantly buying snacks. His language of love is to feed me. I have not solved this problem. I told myself that I will only eat the food I choose and not eat the food I choose for myself. But, when he walks into my office with a bowl of popcorn and caramel corn, love in his eyes, how can I say no? (Of course, put it back in the bag when it’s not looking.)

I appreciated the suggestions you offered at the end of the article. Thanks SB

Dear Barbara,

When I go to the market, I put a particularly delicious snack in my basket right after I start shopping. I will walk the aisles thinking to enjoy my wonderful treat. Then, when I’m ready to go, I put the snack back on. It’s called: if I don’t buy it, I can’t eat it. It works pretty well for me.

Two and a half years ago I was told I had to use statins. I told my practitioner that I wanted the time to try diet and exercise to lower my cholesterol. In three months, I lost almost 20 pounds by eating adequate portions, having a cup of yogurt or a banana if I felt hungry between meals. I also enlisted the help of my husband (he is the chef of our house) to cook mainly a Mediterranean style diet. I lost weight noticeably, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds per week. Best of all, I brought my cholesterol back to normal!

After this personal success, I continued to adopt better eating habits and continued to lose weight at the same rate until I reached 40 pounds. And I have maintained (my) weight now for over a year, not wobbling more than a pound or two up or down during that time. I feel very proud of myself.

But my game, if I don’t buy it I can’t eat it, suits me pretty well! Yours, EB

I couldn’t have said it better myself, ladies! Thanks for writing!

Barbara Quinn-Intermill is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator affiliated with the Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital. She is the author of “Quinn-Essential Nutrition: The Uncomplicated Science of Eating”. Email him at [email protected]


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