Monday, August 20, 2007

Food, glorious, food

Do you remember that song from Oliver? It was sung by poor orphans who hadn't much food, but for me it was a celebration of good eating. I love to eat, and while I think I have always tried to eat healthy and with some discretion, the fact is that I am overweight. I have been thinking about this for months now. I am healthy, but my last Dr.'s visit revealed that things are changing. My cholesterol, still within safe limits, has increased. Blood sugar is high—not diabetic, but headed that direction.

So, how boring is this? I apologize, really. When I started writing this blog I said, in my first post, "Honestly, somebody just shoot me if I start talking about aches and pains, diets, religion or politics!)" So, at the risk of being shot, I am revealing that I joined Weight Watchers online this morning. I tell you this because I think if I go public I will be more likely to stick with it. Maybe if I have some support from others who are doing this it will be easier. So there it is.

I have been on a lot of diets in the past and to be quite honest my motivation was usually (maybe always) vanity. This time it is different. My health is motivating me. When I look at my precious granddaughter I realize that I want to be able to spend her childhood with her as an active, healthy grandmother, and to live to see her fulfill some of her dreams.

So here we go on a food, glorious food, adventure. I bought those gorgeous artichokes you see above at the Hillsdale Farmers market yesterday. They are a new variety, supposed to have bigger hearts and fatter leaves. I thought they were just beautiful to look at. According to Weight Watchers they are "free" and don't count as any points on my alotted total. Yes! But, of course, artichokes are best if dipped into something yummy. My favorite curry mayo definitely does add up in points. What about lemon juice with just a bit of melted butter? Hmmmm. I'm thinking. How about yoghurt with curry powder? Could that be good? Any ideas?


  1. Yogurt with curry powder and just a smidge of poupon works well. But, of course, it doesn't REALLY replace curry mayo! Del

  2. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Yeah!! You know you have mys upport. I recommend the going public. As I have said on the blog, it takes a village to help me lose weight.

  3. Anonymous9:19 PM

    use your day's points and have the Mayo! best of luck and well done for coming out. :-)

  4. Those are the most gorgeous artichokes. Since I have never cared for mayo at all my favorite for artichoke has been lemon butter but to cut calories and for variety I have found that I do like seasoned yogurt. I have even tried and enjoyed light vinegarettes. Good luck.

  5. Looks like you are off to the right start. I loved Weight Watchers online. I used the tools to make smart choices while eating "real" food. It comes off healthy (little by little) but stays off (if you don't revert back to any bad habits). You'll do great.

    As far as the artichoke, what about some garlic with that lemon and butter. Or maybe plain yogurt with some green onion, chopped cappers and dill (just an idea). Enjoy and good luck.

  6. i'm glad I'm not the only one who buys fruit and veg for their appearance! The colours on these are so fabulous, that blend of soft turquoisy-green and purple is just the best! good luck with the diet.

  7. That photo is a quilt waiting to happen, as I'm sure you know.

    Another cool thing about artichokes is that they take so long to eat; by the time you're finished it feels as if you've had a full meal. Also, the best part, the heart, comes at the end.

    My favorite way of doing artichokes involves a Cajun shrimp stuffing. Not low-cal, unfortunately.

  8. When I opened the blog and saw the picture, I thought it was a new piece of your work at first!