Carb Loading

I’ve had a busy few weeks.  I wish I could tell you that I’ve been productive spending those weeks in the gym – ahem, I have not.

Last week, we traveled to the lovely city of Philadelphia to visit my sister and her family.  Usually, this is a great jump start for me to get back on track.  My sister is very lean and thin and has always included exercise in her life somehow.  She has run marathons, biked century races, and hits the gym several times a week.  She fills her refrigerator with healthy options and in general, I usually come home weighing at least five pounds less than when I left.  Not this time.

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This was a historic weekend in my life.  For the 30 years I’ve worked in an office, I can count on one hand the number of dress pants I have owned.  Not many.  Even at my thinnest, I felt they didn’t look right on me – of course, the last time I even tried any on was back in the day of pleats – yikes!  Pleats do not flatter anyone!

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Is this the NEW Normal?

I was a child raised in the 70s.  In the early 70s, fast food was still considered a luxury and we didn’t have it very often.  And believe it or not, it was kind of expensive, which today, is hard to believe.  Anyway, my mother made a point of preparing three meals a day.  Convenience foods, let alone microwaves, did not really exist then.  Every morning, my mother made some sort of breakfast for us while I was in school.  Now, this had all started badly – when I was going into first grade, my mother had a nice breakfast prepared, which I promptly threw up before the bus ever showed up.  She didn’t push the breakfast issue with me most mornings and I started skipping breakfast once I was in middle school.

By high school, breakfast was a thing of my past.  I wouldn’t eat until lunchtime, sometimes starving by then, but I didn’t go back to breakfast.  That all changed for me – I love breakfast now and really wish I had more time at home in the morning so I could prepare breakfast here instead of taking it to work.  During the week, I’m limited to grab and go items like a bagel and yogurt with fruit or oatmeal, or something along those lines.  Even given all my food issues, I tend to eat a pretty healthy breakfast most days (with the exception of the occasional Dunkin’ Donuts multi-grain bagel which is huge and delicious)!

I’ve noticed something in the past several years that is disturbing, however.  While waiting downtown for the bus that will take me to the office I work in – I have plenty of time to people watch.  Last week, I noticed a woman (a woman, NOT a girl), pushing a baby stroller down the street.  It was 8:15 a.m.  She was eating from a bag of chips and passing them to the toddler that sat in the stroller!  I’ve also seen children on the train or bus that have bottles and quite clearly have some kind of pop in the bottle which they are sucking from.  Everyday, I notice lots of teenagers carting bags of McDonalds or donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts with them and eating them on the train.

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    This is a fantastic recipe that is easily adapted to whatever you really love in your quiche.

    7 egg whites;
    1.5 C skim milk
    (for quiche shown)
    Add 1 C chopped vidalia onion (sauteed in oil first)
    1 chopped red pepper (sauteed with onion)
    1 10 oz. box of spinach (also sauteed)

    Heat oven to 450 and bake for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 375 for an additional 30 minutes. During the last 15 mins. add approximately 2 C of sharp cheddar cheese.

    This will yield approximately 6 large pieces, amounting to around 110 calories per piece.

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