I have a prized possession, it is a red bound Betty Crocker cookbook. The copyright is 1969. It was my Grammy’s cookbook, and she was a great baker. This cookbook has the recipes for anything you could possibly want to make from scratch.
As I scrolled through pictures on Instagram the other day I started to think about my red cookbook. Do you know what ISN’T in my cookbook? Lots of pretty pictures. Back in the Betty Crocker cookbook days, you followed the recipe and if it tasted right, who cared what it looked like. Flash-forward to the Instagram days. It is kind of the opposite, if it looks right who cares what it tastes like. Sometime I feel like I have to make excuses. #dietitianNOTphotographer But I promise what I make tastes good.
Will you still be my friend?
Some people see the glass half full.
Some people have notions that are half-baked
Some people go off half-cocked.
Babies run around half-naked.
Today I have a half-baked notion that is half-full of optimism to make you Whole Healthy. In my profession I spend most of my day with people who are angry, shocked, in denial, etc.
They truly believe that it is not their fault when they “suddenly” develop diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, diverticulitis and the list goes on….
I am kind and compassionate as I gently lead them toward the truth but “DUH”!
Sit most of your life.
Eat food that is high in salt, low in fiber, high in fat and high in sugar
You are slowly developing these maladies.
Fortunately I have half an answer.
MAKE HALF OF YOUR PLATE Full of COLOR!
BROG! Blue, Red, Orange, Green
(BTW-Color is found in fruits and vegetables not jelly beans.)
If you follow this ONE simple rule you will become whole healthy.
Anyone with half a brain can do this.
Math question: if Congress has half a brain and the Senate has half a brain, and you add the two together, what do you get?
That’s a no-Boehner.
The Half-Baked Kansas City Dietitian
I am sure you have heard the phrase “Full Disclosure”. You might see it when you receive your credit card bill and in tiny print it states they reserve the right to all of your worldly goods if you write your check for $48.00 and the bill is for $148.00 and when you call to get it fixed you talk to Raj who says his name is Bob and….. No, I am not bitter.
Or you might hear it at the end of a commercial for a medication that guarantees to make you young and virile except it also might give you a headache, make you throw up, make your blood clot for no reason, make you depressed and oh by the way, cause a long painful death, but you can always call Smith and Jones to represent you if that happens.
So as not to be culpable in any way for anything I say I am offering an “Empty Disclosure” for the following:
In my last Blog I wrote about “messin with you.” I wrote this joyous Blog very early in the morning. Imagine my delight when later in the day the news reported that our Commander in Chief announced that Congress was not trying to solve the growing governmental debt crisis but was actually just “messin with him.” And yes, he was in Kansas City when he said these famous words. Can you believe this? My nutrition Blog is so cutting edge that it actually creates the edge. I am humbled that the President reads my Blog and thinks it is so good that he quotes from it.
From one President to another I wish to say Thank-you.
President and CEO PETBS
President and CEO RMEVS
P.S. Today is a great day to eat a mess of tomatoes and okra! Or send a “mess” to your favorite politician.
I love the English language. It is so fun to mess with. Let’s talk about “mess.”
I have patients who are a hot mess.
I love to eat a mess of okra or fish or both.
I have dissolved into a mess of tears (usually when a patient says he doesn’t like me. How could that be?)
I have served food in a mess hall. (I was a camp cook one summer. Now that was a hot mess!)
Hot Mess is a great descriptor. Right now it probably describes your current eating habits.
I heard today that Missouri is one of the unhealthiest states in the nation. Thinking about the nation-that is pretty darn unhealthy. The news also claimed it is because we now have an entire generation of junk food/inactive people.
( The news media is so astute. They are a hot mess for sure.)
How did we get in this mess?
I want to be sensitive and politically correct – but face it- we are just plain lazy, Fast food, frozen pizza, drive through coffee …
We are a hot mess, eating a mess of fried stuff.
What are we going to do about the mess we are in?
I know, lets “ “Dialogue.” That will fix it.
Ha! Just messin with you.
President and CEO RMEVS
President and CEO PETBS
The Cool Kansas City Dietitian
Fresh vegetables in August mean canning season!
When I think of canning the descriptors sweating, clammy skin, hard work come to mind.
Are you picturing canned tomatoes, canned green beans, canned corn, canned peaches, canned pears…
You thought old WD had lost her edge, didn’t you? You thought I was going to give you a dull lesson in the virtues of growing your own fruits and veggies and “putting them up for the winter.”
Ha! Not me.
I’m talking about the hard work of “CANNING.”
It is the hardest work you will ever try. And it will make you sweat and your skin clammy.
“Canning” is putting your mind to work over the “wannas” that surround you.
I wanna burger and fries but I “Can” choose a plate of fresh veggies.
“Canning” is repeating over and over in your head, “I can do this!”
“Canning” is saying “No” to the treats that surround you.
“Canning” is the opposite of “I will start my diet tomorrow.”
“Canning” is done one thought at a time. One bite at a time.
“Canning” is saying I can take one bite of a vegetable that I don’t like.
“Canning” is eating greek yogurt for lunch instead of a burger.
Folks, it’s August! It’s the peak season for “Canning” before the cold winter sets in.
Prepare for winter by “Canning” yourself healthy! (Not to be confused with stuffing yourself into a jar.)
Wanna “Can” with me?
The “Canning” fool not to be confused with the Kansas City Dietitian
Mama Mia and the Weighting Game
Games are fun.
Not too long ago we were with a group of friends and they drug out an original “Newlywed Game.” Since we have all been married hundreds of years we got a big kick out of it. (Yes, Big Kicking is good exercise.)
However, the “weighting” game isn’t always so much fun.
This is not an issue to be taken “lightly.”
I don’t have the answer to America’s obesity epidemic and I am a trained professional. (I also stayed in the Holiday Inn Express last night.)
So, what should we do?
I suggest watching Meryl Streep in Mama Mia!
Yep, that’s right.
The Greek isles have long been identified as one of the healthiest places to live.
The Mediterranean Diet continues to be the healthiest diet to follow.
In the movie you will see:
Lots of dancing in sand
Lots of steep steps and hills to climb
Being a curious dietitian I wonder how many calories Meryl Streep burned in that movie.
People living on islands like the one in the movie easily burn more than 1000 calories a day just walking.
Healthy weight is all about healthy living. There is a Greek island in the Mediterranean where the inhabitants live well into their 90’s WITHOUT illness. The keys to their health?
Physical labor- walking, gardening, fishing, climbing hills
Healthy diet-fish, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables
Friends and family- getting together with friends and family constantly to just check in and know that they are loved and others care about them.
So rent the movie and see if you can listen to “Dancing Queen” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4aEl1wui9U without dancing. If you can then your dancer must be broken.
*Warning-Do not dance on your bed and jump up to do the splits and touch your toes. The result will not be pretty, trust me I know.
Luv, Dancing Queen WD