About Me

I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

You Can't Eat A Damn Thing!

Since I started writing this blog over three years ago, I've gained 20 pounds and enjoyed every ounce.  Eventually, I couldn't get in any of my clothes and I can't afford a new wardrobe so I had to put on the brakes and throw it in reverse.  I simply have no aptitude for moderation, I tried but couldn't get the hang of "just one" or small portions.  How can anyone eat just a half cup of pasta or potato salad.  It's more humane just to skip it all together.  I reviewed all the various dieting regimes and came to a single conclusion - you can't eat a damn thing!  I've lost most of the extra pounds after cutting back to just fruits, vegetables and lots of fish simply prepared.  It's not that I didn't eat those things before, it was just the extras that did me in; breads, cheese and desserts.  All gone now; how sad AND boring plus I haven't blogged either and I miss that.  Writing recipes does require you to taste them.

I had to examine everything that was causing the extra pounds and eliminate it.  I stopped watching cooking programs and reading cookbooks and culinary periodicals.  I don't go to cooking classes. I haven't invited anyone to dinner in ages.  I spend minimal time preparing meals with minimal ingredients.  I've almost banished bread and butter.  I haven't purchased sugar in months.  I always order a salad when eating out and grit my teeth through the late afternoon when it's wine and cheese time.  Sheer torture!!  I ramped up the aerobics and added yoga and the results of all the blogging slowly is being undone.

Now for the hard part - keeping it off.  It's so easy to gain; so hard to take it off and even harder to find the middle ground for me.   I'm easing back in and will post a again but it will be with a wary eye  on the scales.  I would have abandoned my blog except for a very nice comment from a reader in India.  Somebody missed me!

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