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Celebrities and Diets


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

While I was thinking about what to have for lunch today, I started thinking about how much easier it would be if someone else was planning my healthy meals (like celebrities do), and all I had to do was show up to eat. We've all watched Oprah (and others) espouse their latest healthy diet and wondered, "Why can't I do that?" Well, Oprah has a personal chef, dietician and fitness coach. Most of the rest of us don't.

One of my hurdles is the meal planning. I love to cook, and I love to experiment with new recipes. When my kids were growing up, they referred to the nights that I tried a new recipe as "new night," and they didn't always mean it in a good way. I don't think it was because the food wasn't good, but they were kids and could be a little picky. OK, the food wasn't always that good, but you don't know if something works until you try it, right?

The thing is, some days I just get tired of planning what to eat. Today is one of those days. I was going to make a new smoothie recipe for lunch but didn't have enough spinach for it, so I had a low-calorie whole wheat bread peanut butter sandwich and a banana - not very exciting. If I had a personal chef, I'm sure my lunch would have been better. Yes, I'm whining. Then I realized, Oprah really hasn't been successful in changing her eating habits. She has been on the same roller coaster as the rest of us for years. Maybe the fact that I have to plan my meals myself and change my habits myself, without the help of a chef or trainer, will make me more successful on my quest to change my lifestyle than Oprah. No one can do it for me. I have to do it for myself. Tomorrow I'm going to have that smoothie.
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RJBINKLEY 2/24/2011 9:00AM

    MIATIA1, unfortunately, I'm not that organized. I do try to keep a lot of basic ingredients for healthy meals in the house. I also have a lot of recipes saved on SP that I "go to." Yesterday was a tough day for me for some reason. I have a hard time switching up when I've envisioned how my day is going to go. I seemed to be really hungry yesterday. I'm doing the 5k challenge, so maybe the add'l exercise is making me hungry. BTW, I love the pic of where you live! I used to tell my kids we should move to a ranch in Montana, and they would just roll their eyes and say, "no way." We had a small horse farm when I was a teenager and had horses. I really miss that sometimes. We have a lot in common. I am 53 with three grown children. Our oldest son got married last April, and he and his wife are expecting their first baby any day now.

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MIATIA1 2/23/2011 10:30PM

    When I started sparks I would sit done each week and make up a weekly menu. When I posted it I would put each meal that was satisfying into a food group, and make a copy of it on a index card then label it and put it into a card file. Since last year my file has grown quite large. Now when I want a meal I just decide what type of meat I want or ethnic type of food and go to my file. You can even change them up or remove items from the meal but the basic are still there with only having to tab once. It saves lots of time and then when I do have the time to get creative I make new menus. Not quite a personal cook but it does make it easier and who better than yourself knows what you like.

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CAROLJEAN64 2/23/2011 1:37PM

    When I was teaching full time, I would sometimes give writing assignments that initially the kids disliked. I would tell them to pick the topic and write about to see what they learned. Your post seems like that to me. You started out wishing for something and then as you wrote realized that wasn't what you needed and didn't need to achieve your goals... Learning through writing.

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BLUEYESONGOD 2/23/2011 1:35PM

    emoticon Personal satisfactions goes a long way!

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BLUEYESONGOD 2/23/2011 1:35PM

    emoticon Personal satisfactions goes a long way!

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