Health Notes #15

Nine Secrets of Weight Control

These are the secrets which most people seek to know, but most are afraid to ask.

1. A hearty breakfast, a moderate dinner, a tiny supper, if any. Arrange your schedule so that you can eat ample to get you through 6 hours from the end of breakfast to the beginning of lunch. No food after 3:00 has been a winner for many people and an unbelievable blessing for yours truly.

2. Absolutely nothing between meals except water, and plenty of it. Begin drinking about two hours after your meal and up to 30 minutes before the next meal. Keep a quart jar, or half gallon container handy. Fill it in the morning so you can keep track of the amount you drink during the day.

3. No water with meals. Plenty of water between will help solve this habit, with a bit of persistence, of course.

4. Chew thoroughly. You'll get just as much taste and pleasure from a smaller amount of food, retained in your mouth longer, than a larger amount bolted down. Let your saliva be your liquid.

5. Frequently set utensil down while you are eating.

6. Always set the table, sit down and eat a meal. Don't just "pick up" food. Don't eat your food in little bits before sitting down with your family. Make a habit of not eating a bite until all are at the table.

7. Place all the food you should eat on your plate and refuse to take more.

8.When necessary to taste food in preparation, dip the spoon into it, let all drip off that will, and touch your tongue to the back of the spoon.

9. Let mealtime be a pleasant, happy, "people-oriented" occasion. If you are alone turn on some pleasant music, a good sermon or do some light reading, nothing too studious.

There are some healthy, good tasting things that you can do to help keep the calorie count down. Try this low-calorie, no oil dressing. It just happens to be our favorite.

Italian Dressing

1/2 c. concentrated orange juice
3/4 c. concentrated apple juice
1-1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. dill
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. cornstarch
2-1/2 c. water
4 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. water

Bring all but the cornstarch and 1/2 c. water to a boil. Mix water and starch and stir in, boiling 1 minute. Chill. This keeps 2 months in the refrigerator, if you don't devour it first.

Low-Cal. Gelatin Salad

4 c. pineapple or orange juice
3 T. unflavored Emes gelatin

Boil 2 c. juice with the gelatin until it is dissolved. Stir in the other two cups juice. Add the desired amount of your choice of fruits or vegetables.

Possible combinations:

grated carrots/pineapple chunks
pineapple chunks/banana slices
grated carrots/shredded cabbage

Hash Browns

Boil the desired amount of potatoes for your family, (with the skins on) or use leftover potatoes. After they are cold coarsely grate them. Lightly mix in seasonings, as onion powder, garlic powder, salt etc. Spray a Teflon pan with pan spray and heat the pan. Put the potatoes on a hot pan and let brown, turning only enough to brown on all sides.

You may also layer the potatoes, about 1/2 inch thick, in a sprayed waffle iron, baking until brown, approximately 15 minutes depending on your iron.

The more we kneel,

the stronger we stand.

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