"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Healthy Eating

Keith is on a diet. Finally, after dire warnings about the excesses of Christmas and New Year, he decided to take matters into his own hands and bite the bullet.
During the autumn, he did make some attempt, which mainly concerned being honest with me when he had bought chicken fried rice at lunch-time in between jobs, but then he decided that some exercise might be beneficial, which is difficult for him because of his leg and ankle problems.
The solution was to buy an indoor bike trainer like this.
It fits onto the rear wheel of his bike and he can cycle off merrily into the virtual sunset. The fact that it now occupies central position in the conservatory, I am willing to overlook - for now, for the greater good.
We do start the day well. We have porridge, but in Keith's case, it falls down almost immediately, as he insists on adding things. So, by the time it has been liberally sprinkled with sugar and raisins and doused with honey, he might as well be eating sugar frosted, chocolate coated, honey pops.
Maybe, things can be saved at lunch-time if he manages to force the van to drive past the Chinese/fish and chip shops on his route - and wherever he has to go on any given day, it seems that there is always at least one of those within touching distance!
Of course, there is always the evening meal to redeem things. This is generally some sort of combination of meat or fish and vegetables. (You want exotic? Don't come to me!) Can't go wrong with that, you might think.
Wrong! It is apparently completely unpalatable without liberal sprinklings of salt and about two ounces of butter.
 Then there may be a sandwich or handful of biscuits later in the evening. ("Well, we have to have supper, don't we?" he protests.)
Oh well, at least the spirit is willing.
The flesh still has a little way to go!


Yorkshire Pudding said...

A) BREAKFAST - One banana, one apple, two "Ryvitas" with thin smear of "Marmite". Mug of unsweetened tea (or artificial sweeteners)
B) LUNCH - Three "Ryvita" with thin smear of "Marmite", a boiled egg, two sticks of celery, one carrot, bottle of water.
C) DINNER (ie TEA) - a steak with mushrooms or a fish, green beans or peas, a medium jacket potato with 0.5 grammes of butter OR a cup sized portion of boiled rice OR a cup sized portion of noodles. DESSERT - any fruit available DRINK - glass of sparkling water. POST DINNER - Mug of coffee with one "Ryvita" smeared with "Marmite"
D) SUPPER - small bowl of "Ready Brek" with sprinkling of saccharin powder

Cro Magnon said...

My diet has been temporarily on hold (Christmas etc); it starts again tomorrow. I commiserate.

Flighty said...

Good luck to Keith, I think he needs it! Flighty xx

Jennyta said...

Keith says it sounds 'very exciting'. He can't wait to start - maybe tomorrow...

Jennyta said...

Keith's diet is always starting tomorrow too!

Jennyta said...

He does indeed, Flighty. :)

Dale said...

It is hard to diet, Jenny. I usually have better success than Colleen when we try it together. Men, it seems, lose weight more quickly than women. Colleen has tried every diet programme ever invented. This time, she's resorting to extreme measures. It's been nearly a year since she first began the course, but she's now (finally) been approved for a gastric bypass operation. The procedure is non-reversible, the recovery long, but the results are dramatic and guaranteed. The date has been set for February 14th. She's excited, but nervous.

Cro Magnon said...

No. Mine really really really is. Promise!

Jennyta said...

Good luck to Collen. I hope all goes well for her. You are right, Dale, women o find it harder to lose weight - as I keep reminding Keith! It doesn't make him any more anxious to put it to the test though!

Shooting Parrots said...

I think I could manage the fish with vegetables as long as it was cod in batter with chips and mushy peas!

Jennyta said...

Obviously a man after Keith's heart. ;)


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