Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

What about bacon? Al and I try to stay with a mostly vegan diet. We do it because we both have a tendency to get hooked on fats, and we both have a tendency for high cholesterol.

With my tomatoes starting to come on, my natural inclination is to think about BLT’s. In my life, one of my favorite reasons for eating fresh summer tomatoes is for the awesome BLT’s that you can make. Oh yeah! I used to make toast with margarine, slap on some mayo, then add four or five slices of bacon to my slice of tomato. That’s where the problem lies! Really? Margarine, mayonnaise, AND 5 slices of bacon? Now, that’s a delicious BLT, but also a killer bomb!

If you want to lose weight, lower cholesterol, and generally clean up your lifestyle, you’ve got to always be negotiating choices. For example, in the sandwich that I’ve mentioned above, according to www.nutritiondata.self.com there would be an excess of 30 grams of fat in the BLT with mayo, margarine, and 4 slices of bacon. That is almost half of a healthy daily allowance. For me, it’s been really helpful to weigh out my priorities. 4 slices of bacon contain about 12 grams of the fat, margarine 11 grams, mayo, about 5 grams, and two slices of toast, about 2 grams. Add french fries or guacamole, and your body is simply waiting to explode.

Some people choose not to eat meat or dairy for the sake of the animals, and some for the sake of the planet. If not for those personal reasons, an individual should weigh out each choice for the sake of their own weight and health. If you are struggling with weight or cholesterol issues, you owe it to yourself to start measuring and counting the nutrients and non nutrients that you are consuming.

If you love bacon and never wish to give it up, then eliminating the margarine, cutting the mayo portion in half, and not having french fries at all leaves a little leeway for the bacon. When the weight starts to come off, it always feels better knowing that you’re making the choices that work for you.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hemingway Project Is Shelved

Al and I were having so much fun working on our Ernest Hemingway play. We have been researching every year of his adult life as told by his friends, himself, and other historians. We have begun to admire and respect him less with each bit of information that we gather. We have decided to shelf the project for now. Although "Papa" had a prolific pen, his arrogant treatment of others, especially with a snoot full of booze is not a script that we are comfortable writing at this time. On to the next collaboration ...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Salad Madness

I've checked out for the summer. I try to stay on top of posting something about a healthy lifestyle, but can't find the time to go in the house to sit down and type. Al and I are still working on our Hemingway project, and performing the changing script once a week. Mostly, I'm working in the garden, keeping up with a few clients, and enjoying the season. Happy full-blown spring!





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