Monday, December 28, 2015

You Are What You Eat

With Christmas now a big box of fond memories to store away, you are probably right there with me with all your new stored Real Estate.  Talking tummy and hiney, here.  

Every year we spend Christmas at the beach, and tradition demands that I gather these ingredients from our local beach grocery:

You can see the Real Estate
accretion products piled up
here on my counter top 
overlooking the 
Intracoastal Waterway.

As the oven heats up, I am mixing like mad,
doubling up on the chocolate chips
and the walnuts, of course.
Love walnuts.

The best part
about all this work
you get to lick the extra dough
off your fingers when it piles up
on the spoon 
and you have to scrape it off.


The wait while they bake is excruciating...
And then, out of the oven
comes this loveliness.

I like to eat them while the
chocolate is still warm
and gooey
and fragrant.

And then I have another.
Because I can.

There are always paybacks for too much of a good thing, and it's now time to start paying...
because my bathroom scale has Nuclear Alerts going off when I just pass by it...

I don't even have to step on it to hear the sirens going off.

So, this is what I'll do to soothe the scales and zip my pants up again:

It's back to Brazil...this time for their Dietary Guidelines, not for Fajas.

1.  Eat Fresh, never processed Veggies and Fruits.
Include some dried beans, in moderation.

2.  Eat Fresh Fish that comes from a reputable source.
Eat roasted, grilled, or boiled chicken, made at home.

3.  Drink lots of clear clean water.

4.  Walk.  A lot.  Climb stairs.  Stretch and pull and twist and shout.

5.  Cook At Home so I can keep my food additives under control.

6.  Don't eat anything out of a box or bag - no processed foods.

7.  Eat Apple Slices, Celery Sticks, Carrot Sticks, Citrus Fruits for snacks.

If you want to take a look (and you should) at Brazil's down-to-earth guidelines,
you can view them HERE.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing recipes and tips 
with you to rope in that Extra Real Estate
without using a Faja!

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