|From Flab 2 Fit||
One of the challenges when you change your eating patterns...small frequent meals, is having something fast & available. One can't do food prep 6 times a day. Early on, I figured out at my height, under 5 feet, that my portions needed to be somewhere between 200-300 calories. This is also the period when I was diligent about figuring the calorie counts in everything. Now I don't bother unless I'm developing a new recipe. What I try to do is bulk cook, then freeze or package in single meal portions. Tools I find that help are the silicon cupcake trays and small plastic containers. Here in Bangkok, we have Daiso, the 60 baht shop, similar to the dollar stores in the US. I think most countries have some version...years ago in Taipei, I think it was the 10 Taiwanese dollar store. At Daiso, I've found lots of useful tools, inexpensive timers, small plastic containers, thermal lunch bags and more. My daugher returned home after college and is now training to be a dancer. Her schedule means she eats on the run and she needs to eat every few hour as well. For her, I'll take store bought hummus, repack it into small single serve containers, then slice up cucumbers and pack those into single serve containers as well. I make batches of granola as well and repack these into single serving packages. It's always available to grab and go and she can buy yogurt to add a bit more protein. One of the fun treats are what I call healthy cookies. I found a biscotti recipe that uses no butter, but gets it fat from the nuts. The original recipe used hazel nuts, but living in Thailand this is imported and expensive. I tweaked the recipe to use locally grown cashews, and added a bit of dried fruit. for sweetness. I make this up a few times a month and because the cookie are dry, they keep well. I tuck a few of these in my purse when running out of the house so that I'll always something. And of course, here in Bangkok, there is the ubiquitous 7-11...
I was thinking today about our stereotypes and perceptions and how just maintaining a normal weight as we age probably makes us look younger. In 2004, I was 64 kilos (think that's about 140 pounhds on a less than 5 foot frame), after I lost 10 kilos (22 pounds) one of my friends commented I looked 10 years younger. As a general rule, we associate, fit, trim, muscular bodies with youth and padded bodies with age, think Aunt Bea, Barbara Bush and some of the older people you know. Now visualize Madonna at 50...exercise helps keep you looking younger...recent news reports say Madonna's new neighbors are complaining about the loud music and bouncing ceilings. Twyla Tharp is 68. Jack LaLanne is 95. Many of us want to fight the signs of aging...one that works and is good for us is to exercise regularly, maintain a normal weight and eat well...something that has been said since the beginning, nothing has really changed, it's just a matter of whether one is ready to listen.
Update...googled Jack and found these interviews done a few years back.