Eating Good and not showing it
- Judith Jan 4, 2000 11:43 AM
Relevant (but depressing) Question For Chowhounders: with all the good eating, how does everyone keep in shape - or does no one worry about that except me?
Oh yeah, Judith, I worry about it. At my age the midriff constantly threatens to bulge. (My boss says I am post-mature [whatever that means] but at least i'm pre-dead). Genetically, I'm not predisposed to being heavy but I will put on weight if I don't exercise.
I walk (a lot) and try not to eat fatty junk food.
Now fatty good food is a different story. Moderation and exercise is my key. When I'm immoderate, I forgive myself and enjoy. You do the same! pat
re: pat hammond
I couldnt agree with you more. moderation and exercise is what it's all about. I cannot deprive myself of the goodies that I crave, but there is no need to indulge in a disgusting way either.
(well, okay sometimes I just cant resist)
I am a runner, but I have also discovered yoga in the past 2 years... the combination of the two is exactly what my body needs. When I eat like an oinker, I accept it, digest it, and run harder the next day.
Tara - Thanks but I killed my right knee years ago running so now I walk - I am in Manhattan on the Upper East Side and if you are ever interested in walking, let me know (maybe we can have a chowhound exercise group dedicated to keeping the pounds off for more good chow - all in a good cause! - Judith
Every year people ask me how I get in shape for the ski season (I ski once a year for two weeks out West--and, tho' technically a good skier, have never been known for my "strength and endurance!" Ahem!) My answer to that question--"How do I get in shape?"--has always been: "I read Ski magazine."
I guess my response to YOUR question is:"I DON'T keep in shape." 'Tho average size, my weight fluctuates up and down 15 lbs (not a good thing for "those of a certain age"--like myself.) Some months I succumb entirely to my food "proclivities!" And,others, I manage to keep it down to a dull roar--eating just eat small portions of what I crave.
Luckily I am not into sugar or fried stuff, which definitely helps. And I don't really feel very hungry until later in the day. That helps, too.
My only advice--since I make the sign of the cross whenever I have to pass a gym (or I should say the star of David since I'm Jewish,)is: Save a little portion of satisfyingly gross calories every day for all those unthinkable fats that you absolutely cannot live without! That's what I do. Food will always be one of my gods....
And happy eating in 2000 and beyond.
1st, just to nitpick, 'good eating' translates into 'eating well', not 'eating good'.
Now that I got that out of the way, I'll tell you some tips... I lost 25 lbs about 2 years ago and have kept it off despite all the chowhounding I try to do.
1st off, when you eat at home keep it simple with low-fat, high-fiber and modest portions. I actually eat small main meals and then lots of snacks thru-out the day. Snacks= fruit, fat-free yogurt, a piece of bread (with whole wheat and 1g of fat or less) with jam, fat-free pretzels, raw OR cooked veggies (not potatoes though). I don't have seconds on the entree just on veggies etc., and I have big salads but not endless ones as there is fat in the dressing. I always make extra veggies when I cook them, somehow cold steamed cauliflower beats some celery sticks any day. I can give you more details if you want on the at-home stuff...
Here's the out-of-home stuff. I limit myself to 1 piece of bread w/out butter UNLESS the bread is that kind of baguette that just *sings* with butter..., then I get whatever I want but try not to over eat, I split appies and dessert or just have a cappucino or peppermint tea (and a long spoon as my mother always joked) for dessert. I try to get the healthier (low-fat, hi-fiber, no added fat) of 2 entrees if I am undecided. I know my weaknesses: I'd rather have a fatty, rich main course with lots of wine and then have sorbet or nothing for dessert. I try to skip cocktails and just have wine (assuming the cocktail was additional to the amount of wine).
Exercise is important but for me it's keeping the fat down to a minimum. If you walk try walking just a bit more, add 10 minutes to the days you walk and take just a 10 minute walk on the days when you weren't walking. Sometimes I deliberatly walk to and from a restaurant where I know I will be chowing pretty seriously
Good luck--also a guiltless dinner out can be sushi, absolutely no added fat (at least to the fish, any fat in the sushi rice?)
Also allow yourself some flexibility, I go up down in about a 6 or 7 lb. range.
Swim! I know that sounds awful as winter hits, but there are several good indoor pools in NYC (check out the municipal rec centers, which are an astonishing bargain at $25 per *year*), and as long as you stay bundled up on the way home it's really very invigorating, very good for you, and very easy on that bum knee.