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Enjoy in Moderation

By Anne Keckler | February 15, 2008

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Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, just in case you didn’t notice. Like many other couples, my husband and I went out to dinner. He had made reservations at one of my favorite local restaurants – Albert’s Provence. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with some great food.

This morning I read something by Craig Ballantyne. He exhorted his readers to forego doughnuts, and “stick with whole, natural foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, and protein.” (Protein?)

I’m afraid I must disagree with Craig. He has some great ideas, and if you are in training to be a top athlete, then he’s right; you have to give up all the “junk food.” Most of us aren’t in training, we just want to be more fit. We want to lose a little weight, trim up the mid-section, look a little better. Most people aren’t going to give up goodies forever; that’s just not realistic. As someone who loves the experience of food, I’d feel horribly deprived if I thought I could never again taste that chocolate mousse from Albert’s Provence, or even the crab cakes.

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Moderation is the key. I rarely eat out these days, so when I do I eat what I like, but I eat small portions. I shared the crab cake and the chocolate mousse with my husband. I ate a big salad, and a bowl of their delicious corn chowder. I had two small pieces of their superb bread, but I flavored it with their olive oil dip rather than butter (which is usually margarine at most restaurants, and margarine contains trans-fat). I sipped on water.

I felt totally satisfied, and I enjoyed my Valentine’s Day dinner immensely.

Unless you are in training as an athlete, there is no reason you have to completely give up everything you enjoy. Remember to have small portions, and to stop eating before you feel stuffed. Go right back to your best eating plan, and you’ll be fine.

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One Response to “Enjoy in Moderation”

  1. Vicham Says:
    February 15th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good glass of chocolate milk. Used to, I would have 4-5 glasses a day. Now I generally have 2, and on rare occasion 3 glasses a day. One thing I did manage to completely drop out of my diet is cereal…I haven’t had a bowl of cereal in over a year now. I’m surprised I managed that, considering how I lived on cereal for breakfast for years.

    Now if only I can find a way to break my sweet tea drinking ways…heheh.

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