But first a story...
There is a story about a farmer who lived in the Mississippi Delta. One
spring, torrential rains had caused the Mississippi River to rise and the
authorities were evacuating people in the area. The water had risen to his
porch and, as he sat in his rocking chair, some rescue workers came by in
a motorboat. He refused to leave with them saying, “I trust in the Lord to
take care of me.”
The waters kept rising, and the next day the man was sitting on his
roof when a second boat with rescue workers came by to evacuate him. He
again refused saying, “I trust in the Lord to take care of me.”
The third day the waters had risen more and the man climbed to the
top of his chimney. When a helicopter came over, dropped a rope ladder
down and begged him to come on board, he refused, again, saying “I trust
in the Lord to take care of me.”
The rains continued, the river had risen more and the man was swept
away and drowned.
When he finally reached heaven and met the Lord, he said, “Lord, I
trusted in you and I don’t understand why you let me drown?” And the Lord
said, “Well, John, I sent two boats and a helicopter for you!”
Every day I see overweight people in my office who say, “I’ll do anything
to lose weight.” Yet when push comes to shove…they don’t follow through.
What they really meant to say was “I’ll do anything I want to do to lose
weight.” The problem is that the things they want to do…don’t help.
Just like the farmer in the story who prayed for salvation from the
flood and then refused help when it was sent…many overweight people don’t
use the tools they have at their disposal.
Let me explain what I mean. There are many tools available for those
who want to lose weight…books, tapes and various weight loss products.
Doctors give people diet diaries for them to keep. They hold weight loss
seminars. We doctors have numerous “goods and services” available for the
committed dieter. Some people use these tools very successfully…but there
are many more who don’t.
“I’d give anything to lose weight (except schedule my next appointment
in advance). I’d do anything to lose weight (except spend thirty minutes
to listen to a cassette tape). I’d do anything to lose weight (except start
cooking healthier…walk around the block…follow my doctor's advice…keep my
In my experience, people who are successful at losing weight share
two simple traits: commitment and persistence.
Do you want to lose some weight? Good! Are you willing to commit to
losing weight? Great! You’ll be successful.
Need some tools? They’re all around you. Just start looking and listening!
There will be a boat or helicopter coming your way soon. Just be sure to
Successful weight management will take some commitment…time and/or
money and/or willingness to change some of your old, ineffective thoughts,
attitudes and behaviors.
But, hey remember, you’re
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Angel Food Cake Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
1/2 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup sifted cake flour
1 3/4 cups egg whites, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the icing:
1 to 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar with the cocoa
and flour and sift 3 times.
In a clean dry bowl, whip the egg
whites and salt until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat till soft
peaks form. Add the 1/4 cup of the sugar and beat until stiff but not
dry. They will be slightly glossy. Add the vanilla and fold in.
Gradually fold in the dry ingredients.
Spoon batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan and bake for 35 minutes.
Cool upside down over a bottle. After the cake has cooled use a dull knife
and go around the walls of the pan to loosen the cake. Turn it out and
brush off any loose crumbs. Make the icing by whisking all the icing ingredients
together. Drizzle cake with the icing and let set 1 hour before serving.
Some Healthy Reminders!
It's Getting Steamy in Here ...
Serve steamed vegetables instead
of heavy casseroles or cheese-based dishes. Steaming or microwaving veggies
means you don't have to add any fat during preparation; choose lemon juice,
herbs, or vinegar over margarine. Use herbs and spices or imitation butter
sprinkles as seasoning instead of butter, oil or cheese.
If steamed vegetables don't suit
your taste buds, reduce the amount of oil you use if you sauté them.
Broth or flavored vinegar makes a great substitute for oil.
Go for Grains
Whenever you have the chance,
choose whole grains as your bread choice. For example, you could choose
whole grain breading for stuffing preparation; whole grain dinner rolls;
whole wheat bread for sandwiches; and wild rice instead of white.
All types of white bread are high
in refined sugar and pack in more calories than grains. These refined sugars
are some of the "bad carbs" we hear so much about these days. If you
still crave white bread occasionally, choose a "lite" or diet version,
which will save you a few calories.
Fruit as a Finisher
Instead of pie or cake for dessert,
offer fruit-based fare like fondue, fruit cocktail, yogurt parfait, or,
simply a fresh piece fruit. Not only will this reduce the fat and calorie
content of your meal's finale, most folks find fruit more refreshing than
sweets. After all, by dessert we're usually eating out of sheer habit
anyway, not from hunger, so why "waist" the calories? You'd be surprised
at how easy it can be to satisfy your sweet tooth!