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Smaller changes

Thursday, January 30, 2014

So many people start their new year by making such HUGE DRASTIC changes, and I've done it before, heck, I'm 36, it's not like I'm some teenager trying to find it all out at this point (no offense to teenagers who are stumbling onto my page). I've seen as the years have progressed that the more drastic the changes have been, the more difficult it's been for me to stick to not just the change in lifestyle, but to my life, in general. I can't go to my friend, W's birthday and not toast his faboulousness (is that a word?) with a glass of vintage Barolo.

I look back on some great, old photographs of my grandparents and I see how wonderful they looked and they ate EVERYTHING, well, everything we make in our modest Greek kitchens, and it's all delicious. What didn't they have? Ramen noodles, diet Pepsi, SOY, an overabundance of red meat, processed- pre packaged foods and a pile of takeout menus stuck to the refrigerator. I can have my bread, my REAL, whole wheat, from the village oven bread (one slice, or a small hunk of course), I can have my pasta sauce, my shrimp, great fish, salad dressing (that I make myself) etc etc etc and it's all delicious.

Why should I allow myself to get to that point where I feel deprived? There is absolutely NO REASON. My Papou (that's grandpa for all you non-Greeks) was right. I need to make 2 or 3 small changes every month or so and that way, I won't miss stuff so much. Otherwise, it's just a landslide of weight gain when the backsilde hits... Oh yeah, and when I really, truly want to be healthy, I don't have to look any further than the village (well at least historically, now they eat the same junk we eat in America).
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    Thank you! I love baking.When my family moved to the states my grandfather didn't speak the language so even though he was educated, he worked in a pizza factory, and he learned how to bake. When my grandmother had the nerves in one of her legs taken out because of diabetes, he became our bread maker. I think I am the only one in the family that has his recipe.
    994 days ago
    Pappou is absolutely right. We have to beware of anything
    processed and eat good pure food. The bread you are talking
    about is easy to make if you have the time. The smell from the
    village ovens when the bread was being baked is still embedded
    in my memory. Try cutting out one thing at a time. I did sugar for
    a month, then moved on to white carbs. It gives you more energy.
    How are you going with giving up your soda? Takes time but it is
    really all in the mind. Just trust in yourself that you don't need it.
    Have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon

    994 days ago
  • PEGGY11
    Besides the good food they ate they moved. emoticon NO tv, no computer, no cell phone. They interacted face to face. emoticon They helped one another in any way they could. We are too isolated in a lot of ways. We know what is going on in the world but we don't know our neighbours. The good old days were GOOD. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    994 days ago

    Packaged junk food is so addictive, but if I can break the hold, and eat REAL FOOD I wonder why I go for the other stuff. Conditioning, habit, laziness? I don't know. But I agree, nothing is better than a good hunk of real homemade bread!

    994 days ago
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