Moderation key to weight loss success

We’ve got to have some joy and satisfaction when on a weight loss program.

Stringent denial of occasional treats and the foods you love can lead to inner mutiny and an episode of overindulging or binging. Some people are already expressing guilt for breaking a New Year’s resolution on dieting.

There are certainly some ‘cold turkey’ people amongst us who can decide to give up a food or substance and just do it. For many of us, however, the knowledge that we will never again eat a chocolate, drink a martini or enjoy Cayman Run-Down is way too much. After all, life is for enjoying and enjoyment is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Most people breathe a deep sigh of relief when attending their first Lifestyles group meeting and are told that ‘no foods are restricted.’

The Lifestyles program teaches:

principles of moderation and self-control.

self-understanding of our relationship with food.

nutritional basics so that we can have our favourite foods on occasion.

recognition of factors that deter you in your good intentions.

Making changes comes more easily when we adjust favourite foods to fit into a healthier profile.

As French fries seem to be such a popular item, in spite of the deadly information we know about them, here is a recipe the entire family can enjoy.

Mrs. E. Merren has shared with me that she has done the same with breadfruit.

Today is a new day to begin again – you don’t have to wait for next January.

Recipe

French fries without fat

Ingredients

2 large Idaho potatoes, unpeeled and cut in strips

or

2 large American Sweet Potatoes

2 Tblsp. olive oil

Seasoned salt, pepper or Cajun seasoning

Instructions

Wash potatoes. Dry the surface of potatoes with a paper towel. Cut into French-fry type strips and place on a clean paper towel for 10-15 minutes. Lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning of your choice.

Alternatively, place potatoes, oil and seasonings in a plastic zip-lock and shake to mix ingredients.

Bake at 350F. for 20-25 minutes until tender and golden brown. Turn once with a spatula. Serves 4.

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