Friday, December 12, 2008

I know Why Oprah Is Fat

I don’t follow Oprah’s comings and goings that closely, but I notice that she is up over two hundred pounds again and is feeling pretty low about it. I’m not sure if she has mentioned it in these same terms, but I have some thoughts on the subject.

I put on a couple of kilos myself in the run up to the November election. I was very concerned about the issues being presented, or not being presented as the case may be. I was on pins and needles for month after month, and I’ll bet that Oprah was in the same boat. My guess is that both of us, in our driven-to-distraction state, got a little less careful about what we were eating. Both of us get into social situations on a regular basis where we are presented with large quantities of delicious food, and I’ll bet that each of us gave in to the temptation to eat more than we would have under more relaxing circumstances. I don’t know about Oprah, but I was falling back on my comfort menu more often than I had for several years.

I wish us both luck over the next few months getting back into some of our clothes.


Anonymous said...

For breakfast: Two poached eggs, a slice of melon, two slices of fresh fruit, eight ounces of pure grapefruit, orange, or grape juice, and four ounces of expresso. For lunch: Four broccoli florets (steamed)or four ounces Spinach, six ounces cold water fish (Salmon, Mackeral, etc.) broiled or poached with a squirt of lemon or other citrus fruit, four ounces brown rice, two slices fresh fruit, twelve ounces water and eight ounces green tea. For dinner: Six ounces lean meat, poultry, or fish, broiled or poached. Four ounces of pasta (or white rice) with sauce. The sauce can be fresh garlic, basil, fresh tomato (or Red Bell pepper or a variety of "hot" pepper) sauted in two ounces extra virgin olive oil. Four ounces of fresh green leafy vegetables such as collard greens, etc.(steamed or simmered mildly), slice of melon or two slices fresh fruit, an ounce of uncooked whole nuts such as cashews, almonds, or walnuts. Water, pure fruit juice, tea, or red wine (Italian or French . . . too many sulfites in the California wine). A nice Latour, Petrus, or Margaux is full-bodied and acidic enough to stand up to the above dinner recipe (if you can afford them). But whatever you do, no matter how strong the temptation, don't eat any deli meats, or deep-fried food, or anything that smells like poop, comes on a bun, is ground up, and is loaded with sodium--such as what McDonalds, Burger King, et al. offer up as "fast-food".


fred c said...

Why does every meal have to be so much work?

I should stay away from the lunch meats, that's good advice, I love my sandwiches; pizza should be stricken from my vocabulary; I hope some jar sauce is ok; I promise to try to eat some green things; Petrus? I can't afford no damn Petrus; I do try to avoid "death" fried food and fast food in general.

But it don't mean nothing; I've lived too long already.

Anonymous said...

Why does every meal have to be so much work? Simple. After preparing the meal, you may be too tired to eat it and instead of wasting it, you may just want to give it away to one of your neighbors. Kind of a two-pronged Zen approach to dieting.