Long-term deprivation is not for me. As an adult, one of my greatest challenges has been balancing my passion for interesting food, with a desire to be fit and thin. Initially, I thought it was impossible. Yet, the Idea of depriving myself for weeks, and then having to start over annoyed me. Through trial and error, I have found a way, to both enjoy food and maintain or lose weight.
When I was young it wasn’t an issue. However, I always knew this might not last. I was a super-skinny kid surrounded by parents and a grandmother always urging me to eat more food. Both my parents had been thin when they were young, By the time I was a part of their lives, they were middle-aged and there was little evidence of their having been slim.
My parents taught me to love food. Julia Child gourmets, they lived for culinary field trips, cookbooks and Gourmet magazine. Also, my mother, a talented home cook, could make almost anything delectable.
Food is an Adventure
I was never required to clean my plate, However, I did have to try a bit of everything my mother cooked. She prepared a wide variety of foods that were as likely to include sweetbreads, as macaroni and cheese.
Who Cares About Food
I was an average kid in many ways. My family’s constant suggestions that I eat more, made me want to eat only until I was full. They talked about lunch at breakfast and dinner at lunch; I didn’t realize how lucky I was.
Learning to Cook
Fortunately, my high expectations for food quality and fast metabolism kept me underweight for years. While that didn’t last, I learned to cook and have found successful ways to control my weight by balancing easy, healthy meals and snacks with my passion for food.
Thinking About What I am Eating
I still want to try everything. I’ve just become more selective about when or how much I indulge. I’ve also found ways to make healthy food delicious. It doesn’t have to be complicated. This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes.
I also eat this parfait as a snack. It has whole grains, fruit, two sources of protein and isn’t high in calories. I use plain Greek or siggi’s vanilla Icelandic yogurt. They are healthier, with 40 percent less sugar, 38 percent less sodium and more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt. Ideally, you want to create a parfait that is high in whole grains and protein and low in sugar. Using, plain yogurt, fresh fruit and a teaspoon of maple syrup tastes sweet but is significantly lower in sugar than a prepared flavored yogurt. Finally, the fiber in the whole grains and the protein in the yogurt and nuts keep you feeling full,
1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup whole grain, low sugar cereal – oat squares
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon chopped pecans (optional: toast in a 350 oven for 6-10 minutes for optimal flavor.)
1 teaspoon maple syrup