Thursday, January 4, 2007

Mariel Hemingway's tips for healthier living - - "Scenario A. Do you reheat the coffee or tea that you brewed earlier in the day?

"Scenario B. Do you grab a sandwich from the same deli or fast-food joint every day for lunch?

"Scenario C. Do you use the microwave to heat a meal at night?

"Could you:

"A. Throw out the excess hot drink after you've had the morning cup and leave it at that? Warmed-up cups of old coffee or tea are just sad. Try making just the amount you need in the morning. Later in the day when you want a hot drink, try hot water and lemon.

"B. Find about seven minutes in the morning to make lunch and take it with you? Throw the extra piece of fish or free-range chicken you cooked the night before into a container as part of a colorful salad recipe. Not only are you in control of what you eat, you'll save that seven minutes later when you're not standing in line, and you'll have more time to eat lunch calmly.

"C. Veto the microwave, at least for the thirty days you're on this program? Going slower has its benefits. When you get home from work, put your meal in the oven at a low temperature, and go take a bath or shower. When you're finished your food will be warm, not zapped, and you will feel a lot calmer while you eat. It's part of making the act of eating just a bit more sacred."

I just had to laugh and shake my head as I read this one. Only a person who has been rich all their life and never had a job where they leave their house at 7:20 a.m. and don't get back until 5 p.m. then have errands, obligations, family, housework, whatever, could write these words. Not that I think our eating-on-the-run habits are good. We do need to think about our food choices more. But she just has no clue how most of us live!

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