Saturday, 16 February 2013

The Brown and White Food Groups

Most people are making better choices in their diet but the English have a saying "a little of what you fancy does you good". In other words, everything in moderation. This brings me to what I like to call the "brown and white" food groups.

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The brown and white food groups include chocolate, gravy, ice cream, whip cream, mashed potatoes ... you get the idea. Using the British saying above, I feel comfortable working in foods from these groups into my diet. The secret is not to overindulge.

I rarely eat meat. Vegans call it "flesh". That makes it sound repulsive, which I think is the point. I don't like bread either. My diet is fairly healthy. My favourite lunch is salad, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt for desert. I take cream in my coffee and milk in my tea. If I'm craving something sweet I am more likely to go for yogurt or fruit but I cannot deny there are times I'll reach for a Hostess cupcake (they come under both brown and white).

Women are sometimes driven by hormones and where there are hormones there are cravings. Cravings can be a symptom of a hormone imbalance and your physician can help you with that. Young women have period or pregnancy cravings but I believe junk food's best friend is menopause. I have more cravings now than I ever did in my pregnancy years.

If there is one emotion I hate it is guilt. Let's get rid of guilt. Repeat after me:

A little of what I fancy - from the brown and white food groups - does me good!

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