This morning's spam
got me thinking.
Going through family photos, we are all overweight. Generation after generation, and only once in a while does a skinny, almost unhealthy looking relative sneak into the pictures.
All my life, I have been subjected to news of an aunt or cousin being on the latest fad diet.
Grapefruit, cabbage soup, etc.
One cousin had dark circles under her eyes and was nearly hospitalized, but she lost weight.
It was grandma, who quite by accident came up with the true idiot proof diet. In her frugal mindset, with a freezer crammed full of freezer burned meat and her pantry holding canned peaches from the early 40s, she took her twice a week Meals-on-wheels hot lunch and divided it in half on Mondays and thirds on Wedesdays.
So 1/2 cup of broth with vegetables, became 1/4 cup with water added to make it 1/2 cup again. A half sandwich was cut in half again and complimented with that leftover salad from last weeks dinner out and a grated carrot. Dessert was cut in half and supplimented with the 1/4 piece of brown apple in the back of the fridge.
Looking after my grandmother, I cringed at the contents of her fridge, but she lost weight near the end. Not in an unhealthy way, because at no time did she look undernourished, nor was she weakened by her way of eating.
Most of it was portion control.
So now I can look at my plate and ask myself do I need to have this large a portion to satisfy my hunger?
Age 56, 5'6"
Start date - July 3, 2014 - 330