Saturday, February 10, 2007

This Is a Jim Dandy

For those readers joining me in the quest to reduce food intake and reduce girth, I just found this little jim dandy of a resource that's going right on the fridge:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/fd_exch.htm

Love and health,
PeaceBang, who is packing a little lunch so she can go from a pastoral visit to a banjo lesson to the gym without becoming a ravenous wolverine and stopping at Dunkin Donuts for a huge latte and a bagel

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Packing a little lunch--excellent maneuver.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Chalicechick said...

Scroll down and youll find that this is a really good resource, too:

Especially if you like to eat out

CC

2:26 PM  
Anonymous jinnis said...

Thanks for the site, esp. the BMI calculator.

P and I have a printout about the 3-hour diet on our fridge - helps us to remember to eat the frequent, small meals with protein. I hate feeling like I am always eating or thinking about what I am going to eat, but the alternative is hunger-induced insanity and crabbiness. Never good to be a pastor in search of her brain.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Caroline Divine said...

One of the reasons I like South Beach is because of the protein snacks. I'm mostly a vegetarian (with a little fish for brain food especially these weight-loss, hard-workin' days, and the occasional meat, when I can find something sustainably raised) but I can bring nuts (allowed on South Beach -- not all salted and roasted of course; you can find yummy ones at your local health food store in bulk; e.g. almonds and walnuts) or yogurt or a bit of cheese to work, or even celery with peanut butter (again, not the one with added sugar and junk, but the good organic stuff with just salt.

Yes, packing lunch is good. "Be prepared" is the thing to remember. As I mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I was at a conference all day and evening Thursday and it was a food disaster; for lunch the meal was not included in the price and even the local snack bar/restaurant, where my companion (clergyman also trying to lose a few)and I went, was very short on healthy options; I'd forgotten to bring protein snacks, or any snacks; the afternoon food was all sugary so I didn't have any, but was really hungry as a result and a cup of tea didn't really do it; and supper, which was provided (and by which time I was incredibly cranky), was full of Southern fried stuff. Even a snack of whole grain crackers and cheese (Phase II of South Beach says carbs are okay in moderate doses, as long as it's not the nasty white sugar/white flour stuff) would have worked. But I'd forgotten. So I had to eat what was there at supper so I wouldn't faint and it was hard to get back to healthy food after such a disrupted day.

Since clergy (and often professors of theology or anything else) have such irregular schedules, keeping healthy snacks around is probably essential. I think I may post a sign on my door -- so I can see it before I leave the house: "have you packed your health snack?" or "got lunch?" Also, one can keep some things at work, but it all depends how much access one has to refrigeration (none at conferences with long days)since healthy stuff generally requires cool storage.

Sorry to be so long-winded all the time, y'all. It's a Southern thing. I'm not even from here but this is a culture where people will tell you half their life story (in detail!) while waiting in back of you in the check-out line. I think it has rubbed off!

Thanks, everyone. Groan. Moo.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had been in the habit of stopping occasionally at Dunkin Donuts for a bagel as a snack and feeling smug and virtuous that I wasn't getting a donut, until I recently read the nutrition information on their bagels and found that for most intents and purposes I may as well have been indulging my craving for a big fat jelly donut for all the good I was doing myself by choosing a bagel instead. There are hundreds of calories in their bagels and all kinds of fat-- I was appalled! I'm just writing this to congratulate you on avoiding the bagel/ latte pit stop (though I don't necessarily see anything wrong with a nice nonfat latte).

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Dear Peacebang,

Just wanted to let you know that I adore your blog. I am completely a BTFM devotee. A colleague walked into our clergy group with a cute new haircut and another colleague exclaimed at how great she looked: "Look at us! We don't do hairdos!" And I said to myself, now is the time to hear the gospel of Peacebang and get a haircut and a blow-dryer with which to maintain it. Your advice is excellent and you are inspiring me to care more and enjoy my clothes more--what fun!

Yours,

Sarah, a fellow UU minister

3:23 PM  

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