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Size Matters

100 years apart

100 years apart

While putting away the china I inherited from my Grandmother over the holidays a few months ago, I happened to notice the difference in the size of the dishes from her day to ours.

If you look at the picture above, it may seem like the yellow dinner plate with the china plate sitting on top of it are about the same size. Likewise the two bowls and two sandwich plates. If you closer you might see the difference in the actual area allowed for putting your food.

The china dinner plate has a 6.5 inch diameter serving area, where the fiestaware plate has 9 inches. The sandwich plates likewise vary from 4 inches to 5.5 inches.

The china bowl has a 1 cup capacity. The fiestaware? Double that.

Now this has nothing to do with gardening, but has everything to do with your health; something most of you are also concerned with.

It’s no wonder there is a weight problem in this country, as we become increasingly removed form how much we actually should be eating. Portions in restaurants are more than enough for two people, not just one. If you think ‘Supersize it’ is an effort to save you money, it’s not. Think about it- the restaurant is already paying the overhead bills, the more food they can sell you the higher the profit they’ll make.

Think of a restaurant serving, and now picture the Recommended Daily Allowance for a meal instead:
3 pounces protein, or less than 1/2 cup
4 oz. each fruit and/or vegetables, or 1/2 cup each

Here’s how you can save money and lose weight at the same time. Don’t serve or eat meals like a restaurant would, downsize to the right amount.
Of course I would add that when it comes to veggies, have at it.
Check out this great link that does some portion size comparisons.


Categories: fast food, saving money & time, you are what you eat



Are You Cheap, Fast and Easy?

There’s an old one-liner:

“If you are what you eat, then I’m cheap, fast and easy.”

Okay, I didn’t say it was all that funny.
But we’ve been talking on Fridays this month about getting kids healthier- and then I got a comment on one of the posts from my friend A.

She wrote “Great tips! The food is so very colorful I would even give it a try!! Once again Jones, thanks for educating!”
Aww…thanks A <3

And it got me to thinking (don't worry, I'm okay. I rested after it was over.)
This isn't just about healthier kids, or even healthier husbands- it's about a healthier you.

So, if you are what you eat- what are you?

subway- one of the healthiest fast food places

look to the left

Are You Cheap?

I don’t mean to get personal here…(wink)

Look at it this way: all for-profit businesses have the same main goal- to make money.
So…if what fast food you are eating is cheap, and there is still a profit being made- what is the actual food cost of that meal? Is it so low that you cannot match it- if so, what are you actually eating?
I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘Pink Slime’ AKA Mechanically Separated Meat.
Even if McDonald’s or other fast-food places aren’t using it, or no longer using it, what ARE the ingredients?
And worse- what will they come up with next?

Think about it.

Are You Fast and Easy?

Well now here’s a place I can help.
Are you trying to meet all the demands of life by saving time? I hear you!
But at what price?

Have you ever heard the expression ‘Cook once, eat twice’?
Well, how about cook once, eat all week?

There are a number of ways to make slow food into fast food- to meet the demands of life and still have good food.

Really Really.

Here’s an example:

Bake some potatoes-> Baked Potatoes w/ Chili or Broccoli w/Cheese Sauce for dinner -> Freeze some for another meal (yep you can freeze Baked Potatoes) -> Make Pagash later in the week -> Have Potato Pancakes for breakfast -> Make Home Fries w/ onions – top with Sour Cream for any meal.

You cooked once, but those taters were in 5 meals.
Slow Food -> Fast Food

So here’s the deal.
I’ve learned a lot working in restaurants and other food service operations.
We raised our kids on very little money, and learned from that as well.

If you’re interested, I can share some of this info here.
No, it isn’t all gardening. But it is still about life and eating well, in less time and for less cash.
And since I write this blog for you, I want to share what you want to know.

If you’re into it, let me know by posting a comment here, on Facebook or PM/email me.
We can still be Cheap, Fast and Easy- and Healthy at the same time.

Categories: fast food, you are what you eat



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