Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Times they are a-changing - slowly

My local paper recently published a pudding recipe for Easter. The ingredients included 12 hot cross buns, 1 pint each of milk and double cream, 260g sugar, and 4 eggs. It was supposed to serve four people! This monstrosity, coming in at 1100 calories a portion and insane amounts of saturated fat was recommended to be served with clotted cream. I could write to them to mention this but I doubt it would do anything other than brand me a spoilsport and misery who begrudges people a once a year indulgence. I did however sometime ago write to a cookery magazine which regularly publishes healthy eating guidelines to point out that most of their recommended menus supply more calories and fat at one sitting than they suggest should be eaten in a whole day. Now I claim no credit for this at all, but the message seems to be getting across, so I am guessing that other people have written in as well. There was an editorial recently saying that there is more demand for healthy recipes, and they have started including these. One feature of the magazine is a menu recommendation which is a combination of recipes from that issue and this month there was one for a healthy supper. Not CRON, not by a long chalk, but it is progress, and we should be pleased at that.

One thing we do lack in the great mass of cookery magazines is one on healthy cooking and eating. There is a supposedly health-oriented magazine but it contains few recipes and seems mainly to be concerned with illnesses and therapies, chiefly expensive supplements. There are slimming magazines but their recipes are aimed at overweight people who can lose weight on a regime that would actually put weight on little me. I am sure there is a niche for those of us who are already slim and healthy and want to stay that way. Maybe I should drop someone a line?

Monday, 15 March 2010

I can procrastinate any time I like

Life as we all know can be very busy and stressful. Even if we eat well we can create other problems which will impact our health. Procrastination is a false friend. Why put off what needs to be done, as it will have to be done sooner or later and better now than in a mad rush at the last minute? I am so very far from perfect on this, but I have developed a strategy which requires some discipline (and we all know about that, don't we?) but works for those situations when I need to get ready to go out. In a situation when I need to go out in say, an hour, I might feel that it will take me half an hour to get all the things ready that I need, and so I get on with those little jobs that I can do before I go. This is a trap. Either the jobs will overrrun and I will be late or, when the half hour slot comes around I find it all takes longer than I thought. Result - rushing about like a mad thing and getting stressed. Not good. This is where the discipline bit comes in. I make myself get eveything ready for going out first, so that all I need to do when the time comes, is put on my coat pick up my bag and go. Then, and only then do I start those enticing little jobs. When you analyse it, how many things actually have to be done at the last minute? Very few. I do the same thing when planning a meal. Everything that can be done in advance is done in advance. So the only things that I do at the last minute are the ones that can only be done at the last minute. As I said - I am far from perfect, but at least I know what I should be aiming for.