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