January 25th, 2010
Back when I was thinner and concerned about things like double chins and large butts, I used to mentally calculate the calorie count of everything I ate. In my mid-20s, I even went through a “candy corn dinner” phase, where I’d eat handfuls of the stuff because it was fat-free. No meat and potatoes, just Brach’s candy corn (anything else was sacrilege). Annoyingly and weirdly, I also wrote the total calories of something on a Post-It note and affixed it to the food. So like for Girl Scout cookies, I added up how much I’d consume if I ate the whole box (a regular occurrence) and wrote it down and stuck it on the package. For months after cookie season, I’d find little scraps on paper with “1,200,” or 1,450″ scrawled on them, which I collected to use for next time.
Needs medication who?
I had the biggest sweet tooth in those days, a predilection that disappeared entirely after my second pregnancy, after which I, a mostly vegetarian, couldn’t shove enough beef kabobs down my gullet.
What I’m trying to say is, I used to think it was OK to eat crap, as long as that crap didn’t add up to more than 1,500 calories in a 12-hour period. Good thing I was young, because if I did that now I’d be in a diabetic coma or a pillar of sugar.
Now, I try try try to eat healthy. In fact, as I blogged a year or so ago, I even gave up white sugar, white flour, dairy, etc. for a good period of time. THAT went by the wayside last October, when before a flight to NYC, I ate everything in sight because I thought I was going to die. After my trip, I just never fully returned to my healthy eating regimen (have you had the pizza in New York? It makes a good girl baaadddddd.) But now, as I glide spazzily into my early 40’s, I realize I’ve got to up the ante on eating better. Truth is, I wake up most mornings and even my newly-sprouted nose hair hurts, so I’m thinking putting good-for-me substances into my body might help postpone the aging decay.
My point is this: What do you people eat? Can you share some healthy stuff with me? Maybe a recipe? A lunch idea? My new thing is Campbell’s Bean with Bacon soup, which is packed with protein and 900,000 grams of sodium, so healthy on one end, a death trap on the other. Also, do you pack healthy things in your kids’ lunches? I try to, but I’m out of ideas.
I feel dirty about it, but I suppose I’m using you for nutritional data. On the other hand, I respect your brain. And I will give you something…
How about a Corner Bakery $25 gift card? It’d help if you lived close to a Corner Bakery of course. I’m totally into CB because they post the calorie counts of their deliciousness (old habits die HARD) and have these low-fat lunch thingbobbies sans the 900,000 grams of sodium. So, if you would allow me to suck your brain for meal ideas, I will give you something in return! I like this win-win stuff.
I’ll figure out how I’m going to award the card later. Maybe I’ll let my husband pick.* He is the unwitting recipient of so many of my food experiments and needs a little love.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to shrinking my butt.
*Will award card by Thursday. Jan. 28.