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I actually LOVE the word "DIET"!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The word "diet" is derived from the Greek word "diaita" meaning "manner of living". It doesn't mean food, but since most cultures define themselves by how they eat, the word has come to mean food. Every tribe or nation has a type of food that defines them, mostly indicating availability of sustenance, and we call it their "diet", whether it be primarily fish or buffalo or rice.

Somewhere along the line the word was perverted to mean "weight loss diet", which in turn translated into "deprivation". We are "dieting" (verb), or "on a diet" (noun). I doubt that was what the ancient Greeks had in mind.

I remember a story in Time Magazine (I think) that showed a family from each of several countries, surrounded by the food they consumed in a year. An Asian family was surrounded by bags of rice, piles of vegetables and dried fish. A Hispanic family was surrounded by bags of cornmeal and beans. The American family was surrounded by boxes of frozen food and bags of snacks. Point taken.

My "manner of living" involves modest portions of deliciously prepared food, three times a day, as has been the western custom for centuries.

Sometimes "old fashioned" is a good thing.

  
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COMPUCATHY 11/26/2012 8:36PM

    I agree...it seems the more "old fashioned" we are, the better off we are. Hope you had a Marvelous Monday...keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/24/2012 8:55PM

    indeed -- point taken!!

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NASFKAB 11/20/2012 10:02AM

  thanks for the inspiration

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/19/2012 5:49AM

    Thanks for the explanation. It does make sense.
I just wish I had the discipline that you have everyday.
Kay

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123ELAINE456 11/18/2012 10:08PM

  Love Your Blogs. Thank You for the good Information that you Share with us.I'm in ageement with you with this term Diet.Keep it up. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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ZEEDRA 11/18/2012 9:43PM

    Thanks once again, Nell. I too want to go to your house for the "deliciously prepared food". As soon as they invent that push-button for travel, I'll be there for lunch!

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DARLENEK04 11/18/2012 8:24PM

  Interesting blog........I never consider myself on a
diet, but a healthy eating lifestyle........


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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/18/2012 7:25PM

    The only time I will ever use the word "diet" is if it has the adjectives "healthy" or "natural" in front of it. The commercial perversions are the worst.

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MNNICE 11/18/2012 2:52PM

    The word "diet" has definitely taken on a new meaning to me since joining SP.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/18/2012 12:52PM

    I'm with Gaby, I love your blogs and they are always full of great information. emoticon

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GABY1948 11/18/2012 11:07AM

    I agree with you totally...I love your blogs they are always uplifting and full of good information. Have a GREAT Sunday

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MEXGAL1 11/18/2012 11:01AM

    very interesting. thanks so much for taking the time to post and share.
Have a terrific Sunday.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/18/2012 10:55AM

    It's too bad that I react to the word "diet" now, but I've gotten really sick of hearing people say, "Oh, you're on a DIET!" I want to seize them by the throat, but instead I politely correct them and defend the fact that I'm eating exactly what I want to.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/18/2012 10:47AM

    Interesting. Thanks!

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DHUNTER49 11/18/2012 10:34AM

    Oooo I want to come to your house....i love deliciously prepared food but i am a horrible cook! i'm envious of your outlook and your "diet" :)

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I've never had a Twinkie

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I read that Hostess baking is filing for bankruptcy and that Twinkies won't be available anymore. I have never had a Twinkie. I grew up near Philadelphia so was enamored of Tastykake when I was fat. By the time I moved out of the Tastykake area, I had lost my weight on Weight Watchers and never ate even one Twinkie. Or a HoHo or a DingDong. I kept putting it off and the days and years have slipped by without my ever having had one. We all know the problems with putting off until tomorrow that which can be done today, but with eating something I really shouldn't, it's a good thing.

  
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LOVESTOWALK49 12/1/2012 5:25PM

    I'm also from Philadelphia. I love Taskycakes as a kid. I ate some recently and I wasn't impressed. The memory is better than the real thing.

I don't remember the last time I ate a Hostess cake. So I won't miss them.

Comment edited on: 12/1/2012 5:30:18 PM

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KATIEG999 11/26/2012 9:43PM

    I went YEARS without having a Twinkie because I was eating healthy foods and avoiding sugar. Then I ate one a few years ago.

Yuck!!! It had a one-dimensional flavor of cloying sweetness with fluff that felt like soft plastic. It was nasty.

You didn't miss anything.

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NASFKAB 11/20/2012 10:05AM

  interesting great

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MKELLY72 11/19/2012 12:05PM

    Was never a Twinkie fan...did enjoy the orange cupcakes from time to time though...would have been a binge trigger for sure. Haven't had anything Hostess in I'm not sure how long though...don't crave that kind of sweets at all anymore..I'm more hoity-toity than that now..If I splurge on sweets anymore- they tend to be something quite decadent if I'm going to "spend the points"
Wasn't really sad to hear of the closing- except for the potential loss of jobs- that will be upsetting to many.

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SWEDE_SU 11/19/2012 4:45AM

    hostess junk food was probably part of every boomer's childhood - my favorites were the chocolate cupcakes with white filling (who knows what chemicals were in there). i used to have devil dogs and yodels in my lunchbox as a kid. i can't remember when i last had anything like that, probably before college (when i learned about pepperidge farm cookies instead...).

it's a nostalgia thang...

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/19/2012 1:11AM

    You are making me curious, I wonder what they were...

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DARLENEK04 11/18/2012 7:59PM

  Oh I have had a Twinkie and a Dingdong. Neither is my
fave......is or was.
Now I don't eat any sweet stuff.

Darlene

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ZEEDRA 11/18/2012 10:05AM

    Look at the comments this garnered!!!! You can see that these things fire up our senses (or make us lose our senses?).
I was never attracted to spongy, light stuff. I like chewy junk food like cookies and maccaroons. However, I've left the maccaroons behind some time ago. Yea!!!! They come quite cheaply in the little boxes and I went for years not being able to resist them and then one day I just decided that they made me sick.
Now I have to work on a few other things...

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--KREN 11/18/2012 8:33AM

    My husband used to tell me to buy "junkfood" when I went shopping, and for him that was anything made by Hostess, lol. I could never stand any of it. Thank Goodness for small favors!
Karen

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ZUCCHINIQUEEN 11/18/2012 7:03AM

    Twinkies are not on my list of "must have" foods.
Now ice cream is another matter.

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/18/2012 5:48AM

    Several years ago, I think I had one or part of one. It wasn't a favorite of mine.
Kay

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123ELAINE456 11/18/2012 12:12AM

  Another Long Tradition of our country going Bye. I rememdre getting the little Loaves of Bread from scholl, Fairs etc. Will miss the Hostess Brand very much. I have not had any for years though. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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JOANNS4 11/17/2012 6:25PM

    I used to eat twinkies and ding dongs. We had a breadstore up the street from my house in CA. emoticon They weren't good for me but I did grow fresh vegetables and should have stuck with them.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/17/2012 6:22PM

    You are so right Nell. I can't remember the last time I ate any of that stuff and I don't even miss it.

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BOILHAM 11/17/2012 6:11PM

    Don't worry, there are plenty of knock-off twinkies around. I'm not the family grocery shopper, but go with the DW every decade or so, and I have seen the generic twinkies out there. They LOOK okay, but like you, I passed them by.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/17/2012 5:57PM

    I think the junk food world is safe. Some company will buy the recipes/rights and manufacture the product. I'm betting on Little Debbie. If there's a market for something, someone will fill it.

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TRY2KEEPGOING 11/17/2012 5:13PM

    I wish I could say the same. Twinkies were not my favorite but I admit I would eat any Hostess item within reach. My weakness was Suzy Qs and the orange cupcakes.

Back in the 80's when generic items first came out in our area, we bought a box of generic Twinkies. They tasted like they were fill with sweetened shortening. Yuck. BTW....I threw them out in the back yard and the birds and wildlife wouldn't even eat them!!!!
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CHRIS3874 11/17/2012 4:38PM

    Well in my opinion they are akin to eating a sugary SPONGE and not a good kind (like in sponge cake think of the one you use to wash you car with). Ironically I will still be able to get them in Canada as the rights were owned by a Quebec company. Not that I SHOULD or will likely be inclined to.

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MOBYCARP 11/17/2012 4:25PM

    Even when I was really into sweet stuff and not worrying at all about food being bad for me, Twinkies weren't anywhere near the top of the list of what I wanted to eat. They were okay, as junk goes; but nothing to go out of my way for.

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ILOVEMALI 11/17/2012 4:12PM

    Another tradition going by the wayside!

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BUTEAFULL 11/17/2012 3:29PM

    well Hostess isn't known for HEALTHY so in that regard you haven't missed much by not having one (the originals were banana flavored), my favorite is ding dongs and I can do without them thanks to knowledge about what's in them
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SUZYMOBILE 11/17/2012 3:19PM

    LOL, then you don't know what you're missing! I understand that they deep-fry them sometimes, and we sure haven't ever had one of those! Still, sad to see Hostess fold.

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/17/2012 2:48PM

    Not sure what a Tastycake is, but you're not missing out on anything with the Twinkies (at least in my opinion). I never liked the things.

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KALISWALKER 11/17/2012 2:39PM

    I never had any of those here in Canada

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MISSPEACHES3 11/17/2012 2:16PM

    I have only had one Twinkie in my life. So from my one time experience I can tell you..... You have not missed anything by not eating these treats.

Blessings.

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MEXGAL1 11/17/2012 2:10PM

    Twinkies can't compare to Tastycakes in my opinion!!! Love those peanut butter tankycakes! I will splurge and have one once in a while if we head back to Philadelphia.
Not missing anything with not having a twinkie for sure!

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CATHY629 11/17/2012 1:55PM

    I have never had a twinkie,must confess i don't know what they are,some kind of biscuit or cake i presume?
Cathy

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MJREIMERS 11/17/2012 1:34PM

    I've eaten plenty of all the Hostess products when I was younger. I still have one occasionally, but I guess that will soon come to an end! I guess that's not a bad thing! emoticon

I feel bad for the 18,500 out of work, though.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/17/2012 12:25PM

    I made up for the ones you didn't eat.

Comment edited on: 11/18/2012 10:06:54 AM

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GABY1948 11/17/2012 12:12PM

    Yes, I used to love Twinkies...but they are no "healthy" food...it's just a shame the circumstances that brought about their demise. Signs of the times

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JEANNE229 11/17/2012 11:23AM

    Twinkies were a "staple" in my fatter years. I read all the time how they are so full of preservatives (among other things) that they never decay. You are better for not having had any of these (and our fair used to deep fat fry them! Now THAT was a heart attack waiting to happen.)

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/17/2012 11:12AM

    I grew up with Tastykakes and there was nothing finer than buying them when they were super-fresh. Yummy stuff. I tried a Twinkie once in my life, and that was enough. (smiling)

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DHUNTER49 11/17/2012 10:56AM

    so true!!

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Maintenance Plans

Saturday, November 10, 2012

When I hit goal waaaaayyy back when on WW, there was a 10 week transition to maintenance period. You paid all 10 weeks, of course, but the good thing was that they told us how to switch over. Every two weeks we got something back that had been forbidden while losing. Shortly thereafter, WW switched to exchanges, and during the transition to maintenance with exchanges you added a bonus selection or a certain number of optional calories, depending on whether you were a man or woman, youth or adult. When your weight started to creep up, you had a fixed plan to fall back on.

I liked that there was a cookbook plan to lose and a cookbook plan to maintain. I have been following the exchange plan for decades. I have had to wind back my bonus selections and optional calories as I have aged, but I know exactly the framework I am working with. I'm sure that nowadays those plans would be considered "weight loss and maintenance for dummies", but when it comes to weight I will fully admit to being a dummy. I LIKE the idea that someone gave me a list and told me to just check stuff off every day. There is less freedom to eat food that I don't prepare myself, but a lot less agony about what to eat.

There are times when too much choice is overwhelming and counterproductive for people like me. I'll walk into some discount stores and walk out because I don't know where to begin. I don't have that luxury with my eating. I needed someone to hand me a plan with selection lists, pick so many from each list each day. Hard to believe that someone as otherwise intelligent as I am can be completely flummoxed about something as basic as eating without those lists.

  
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MARTI1LL 12/11/2012 1:02PM

    I like your blogs and I am going back to read your older ones. It is because of one of your blogs I pulled out my old TOPS book from the 80's. It was also based on an exchange system and has everything laid out. I have choice but guidance and even though the book is very old it is a good, sound, nutritionally balanced plan. Leaves no food groups out. I have tried the Points Plus system but I felt lost and confused and it allowed to much freedom for bad choices. I am just a bad candidate for that program.


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DARLENEK04 11/14/2012 8:31PM

  I liked WW til it got so expensive....

But it is structured well and does work if it is
followed....

Darlene

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ZEEDRA 11/13/2012 11:00AM

    Thanks, Nell.


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MEXGAL1 11/11/2012 10:18AM

    The key is that you found something that works for you.
Woo hoo so glad for you!
Sounds like you have this under control.
have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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FISHINGLADY66 11/11/2012 8:21AM

    I agree with you. I really liked the fixed plan. I have a hard time making my own plans.

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/11/2012 7:43AM

    Nell, I need a plan like that so I can keep maintaining. Was it through WW or another group? I do not eat certain foods. If I eat something as a bonus, I eat a very small portion. I do believe daily exercise keeps my weight down also.
I do skip Sundays and usually anohter day or so if I need to leave early.
Kay

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TINAJANE76 11/10/2012 9:01PM

    I think that having structure is sometimes the best plan we can have. I personally like to track my meals in advance so I know that my calories and other nutrients are where I want them to be before I even begin to think about preparing and eating my food for the day. It definitely takes the stress and guesswork out of my day as far as food is concerned!

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ILOVEMALI 11/10/2012 8:45PM

    I am much more successful if I track calories and eat at home. This is such a job!

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WATERMELLEN 11/10/2012 8:21PM

    People who keep weight off (according to National Weight Loss Registry) pretty much eat the same things over and over again. I do too: works for me.

Too much choice = too much temptation!!

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123ELAINE456 11/10/2012 6:18PM

  I have never been involved with Weight Watchers. What ever Works for You do it.Everyone has to find out for Themselves what Works for them and what does not. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.Take Care. Keep Pushing Forward.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/10/2012 5:57PM

    I do better with structure. Particularly when stressed the tighter it is the better. The lists and pre-figured meals help me a great deal. I began with the exchange plan,and went straight to a diabetic exchange plan. Personally, I prefer this to the points, but I agree, as time passes it seems there is an inner counter which eclectic though it may be appears to work.

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JEANNE229 11/10/2012 5:38PM

    I totally agree. I've been on WW, too, and love the structure. My main problem is also trying to figure out WHICH choice to make on each day. I am even worse than the average. Tell me what to fix, and I'll do it, but leave it in my hands and I'm lost.

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GABY1948 11/10/2012 5:35PM

    So far, all your blogs I agree with 110%! You have such good and easy to read and understand blogs...I appreciate you more than you know and thank you!
Gaye

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/10/2012 4:08PM

    Your info is very valuable as I approach goal. Thank you!

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 11/10/2012 3:39PM

    Nell, you are so right, too many choices are NOT a good thing for people like myself that are obsessed with food. I need, ''Joan, eat this today, and nothing else."

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You're not the boss of me!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Remember when our kids, when they were little, would shout "You can't tell me what to do, You're not the boss of me!"?

Well here we are moving into the holiday food season, and many people are already trying to figure out how to turn down offers of food. For some reason we feel like we're letting them down if we don't eat it. In practice we're letting other people tell us what to eat. When you think about it, it's bizarre to let others boss us around about what to eat.

Maybe this is a good time to find our inner child and tell them "You can't tell me what to do, You're not the boss of me!"

Or at least think it and say, "No, thank you."

  
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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/9/2012 12:04PM

    Well said! You have provided me with a new way of looking at situations such as these. emoticon

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--KREN 11/8/2012 9:43AM

    TRUE. So many people have such a strong emotional attachment to what other people eat in their presence, don't they? You simply MUST eat this, taste that. YOU MUST or they will be offended, or worse, they will ask you if you're sick or warn you not to try to lose too much weight, etc. etc.

I once had a boss who took my co-worker and I to lunch now and then and every time he would say, "I know just what WE are going to order.) Sad thing is my co-worker would order what he wanted her to order. Me, I was always rebel, lol.

Karen

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NASFKAB 11/8/2012 8:52AM

  I know what you are getting at there is one who always says its only once but that once becomes twice thrice & so on thanks for posting

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KALISWALKER 11/8/2012 1:44AM

    Yes!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/7/2012 8:20PM

    Great idea! Appealing to that rebel child, yeah!!

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123ELAINE456 11/7/2012 7:21PM

  No Thank You!!! It is as simple as that. God Bless You and Have Wonderful Week.Take Care.

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JOANNS4 11/7/2012 6:33PM

    You said it so well. No thank you is not so hard to say. We are responsible for what we put in our mouth.




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ZEEDRA 11/7/2012 3:25PM

    Practice it in the mirror...stick your lower lip out, scrunch down your eyebrows and lower your voice.
After a while you won't have to worry because you won't be invited back! Hahahahaha!
Thanks again, Nell.

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/7/2012 2:01PM

    I am really going to try that this season. Usually there are so many people at my husband's family dinner, that they don't know who eats what.
It's me that decides. I eat small portions. If it is something that I eat once a year, I eat just a taste.

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JEANNE229 11/7/2012 1:13PM

    LOL, I love this blog, Nell.

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MEXGAL1 11/7/2012 12:56PM

    I love it!! I am definately going to find that inner child and just say "no"!

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PRESBESS 11/7/2012 12:44PM

    I ditto your stance... "you're not the boss of me"!

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GABY1948 11/7/2012 12:27PM

    I agree with SLIMMERJESSE your blogs are so helpful! I am always glad when I see that you have blogged! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 11/7/2012 12:19PM

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/7/2012 12:17PM

    Hmmm. I wonder how it would go over socially if we said, "You can't tell me what to do. You're not the boss of me."?
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OK. We gotta say it like grown-ups.
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ILOVEMALI 11/7/2012 12:11PM

    Thanks for the reminder! This is a tough season for all of us.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/7/2012 11:45AM

    Your blogs are so helpful, and this one made me smile as that was an all-too-familiar line. I'm voting
for this blog. Thanks!

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I clean my plate!

Monday, November 05, 2012

I hear a lot of advice about leaving food on my plate. I cannot imagine doing that intentionally.

I weigh and measure all the ingredients into each recipe I make, and I plate from the kitchen like a restaurant, rather than passing serving bowls. I put exactly my portion of everything on my plate, or plates as the meal may be. Then I get to eat it ALL!

I remember an old WW leader saying that a rubber spatula was an essential part of the WW program, because if you measure out your portion you can scrape up every drop. She said that if no one was looking you could lick your plate and still be legal.

I guess I'm basically greedy about my food. I want it all!! If I measure it out, I can have it all. It's my way of making sure I never feel deprived.

  
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TINAJANE76 11/10/2012 9:03PM

    I agree! Cleaning my plate is my reward for weighing and measuring!

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NASFKAB 11/6/2012 2:07PM

  I like a clean plate so like you just plate enough for me & do not allow anyone to put food on my plate

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KMIRANDA2000 11/6/2012 11:20AM

    Isn't it good to know you're not alone. :)

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/6/2012 1:42AM

    It might be a good advice for some, but not for me, I clean my plate! The rick is not to put too much on it...bought smaller plates it has done some good.

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123ELAINE456 11/6/2012 1:42AM

  I don't like to waste food either. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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ZEEDRA 11/5/2012 9:47PM

    Thanks again, Nell.
Isn't it interesting what a "clean plate" stirs up?
The only time I've had trouble with cleaning a plate was when somebody else filled my plate but that doesn't happen anymore...I catch them before it happens.


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FISHINGLADY66 11/5/2012 9:21PM

    I agree with you. I hate to waste food too.

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WATERMELLEN 11/5/2012 8:00PM

    I don't like to "waist" food!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/5/2012 7:41PM

    Each person has their own way of being. Me: I'm the clean plate club. But, I have gotton so that if I have had 'enough' I will wrap the food and refridgerate it for another time. I (don't) throw away perfectly good food.

Amber

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--KREN 11/5/2012 6:54PM

    Me too! (I just bought an early 1990's WW cookbook with the entire Exchange Program in it, lol. A refresher.)

Comment edited on: 11/5/2012 6:56:11 PM

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ILOVEMALI 11/5/2012 6:27PM

    When I go out to dinner, I sometimes will ask for a to-go box as soon as my dinner arrives and put half of it into the box. Next day's lunch.

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TIEDYED69PEACE 11/5/2012 4:02PM

    I can't stand when people give you the advice to say, buy a cupcake, eat half and throw the other half away. Allow for the calorie intake of all you have (within reason), or don't eat it at all. I don't find it is responsible to intentionally throw food away, especially at home. Not with the environmental implications and not with so many starving people in this world.
Excellent blog entry! I didn't think anyone agreed. Thanks!

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/5/2012 3:45PM

    Good idea. I tried to measure out the right portion for me.

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KALISWALKER 11/5/2012 2:02PM

    I agree!

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MJZHERE 11/5/2012 12:26PM

  I clean my plate! However, what has changed, if I taste something I don't really want, I throw it out! Yep, can't believe it as I type it, but I do. I finally have realized I'm worth eating what tastes good and what is good - this coming from someone who use to eat the burnt portions, food I didn't like, etc.

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MEXGAL1 11/5/2012 12:00PM

    Me too! I measure and eat it all!
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/5/2012 11:57AM

    I'm with you, too! If I like the food (and I almost always do because I don't make or choose meals I don't like), I eat and enjoy as much as I have decided is my portion. I figure a keen appetite is a sign of health. It's like with my dogs. If they go off their feed, I know something significant is off with them.
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MKELLY72 11/5/2012 11:41AM

    I'm with you on this one too. I don't overload my plate (except maybe on fruits and veggies) emoticon , so I don't want to leave it behind either...besides I think of it as wasteful too.

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GABY1948 11/5/2012 10:58AM

    I agree totally! Thank you!

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JOANNS4 11/5/2012 10:32AM

    I agree. Thank you. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/5/2012 10:26AM

    I absolutely agree! Have a good day.

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