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Susan Howard comes up with an idea to help you eat right.

Inspector Gadget

Susan Howard

At any given time there are two voices calling out, one the voice of the angel and the other the devil.  The devil tends to come out after several drinks, “Whatever, let’s get pizza and a pint of ice cream.”  While the angel comes out after a workout, “Kale salad dressing on the side, please and thank you.”

There is a constant battle between good cop, bad cop.  My friend Kevin put it this way: “Calories are like money; I spend all week saving it and all weekend spending it.”  Too true.

Here is my new concept (although I have a different one every other week. LOL): Act as if there were some bitchy Beverly Hills nutritionist inspecting your plate of food.  What would she say?  Let the good cop nudge you. “There is too much fat on that plate.”  “It’s too high in carbs.”  “You haven’t had a vegetable all day, you sloth.”

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Wasting your food is better than overeating according to Susan Howard, personal trainer of Los Feliz, California.

Clean Your Plate

By Susan Howard

While I hate to waste food, water, clothes, money, anything really, there is one thing I will always and forever be against, the “Clean your plate” mentality.

Why?  Because it leads to an overstuffed version of you.

First, shrink down your plate size.  Get a smaller plate to put less food on and have less to “clean.”

Second, try and fill your small plate with equal portions of protein, good fats, grains, and greens.

When you are eating out, order LESS than you think you want.

Lastly, listen to your body.  When you are full, the show is over.

Waste, yes, WASTE your food.  Happily dump it down the disposal.

Then it’s done.

Or mail the second half of your sandwich to those poor kids in Africa.

Yes, they do need it. No, your overeating won’t feed the hungry children.

Write a check to the Red Cross each time you dump your plate if that helps.

No guilt.

Stay Ready.

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Play Nice

By Susan Howard

We like to feel good and so often times we reward ourselves with food or drink.

“I work hard, I deserve a few rounds of cocktails at happy hour.”

“I have a twelve-hour work day, I am eating  an afternoon cookie.”

“It’s Friday, I am need of a double espresso Frappuccino.”  (The last one was one I use.)

You’ve earned it, give yourself a treat, BUT I challenge you to NOT to make it food or drink related.  Try these ideas instead:

Take an undisturbed, kid-free bathtub with candles and classical music. Walk your dog listening to your favorite podcast or an album you love. Retail therapy, stroll a nearby mall and shop. Go see a live band, book reading, or theater performance. Hit a day spa. (All my gay guy friends seem to be amazing at taking care of their skin and cuticles alike! Take note.)

Do one nice thing for yourself everyday.

It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but does take a bit of planning.

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Make sure what you eat is worth it for your overall health and wellness.

Cheater Cheater

By Susan Howard

Growing up in my family we had one very important rule. The rule was that you could eat anything, but it had to be worth it. With this rule, you didn’t have to take into consideration nutritional value — but base the worthiness of the food on taste.

Being the granddaughter of Jack and Eddie Peck, owners of Peck’s Bakery, I had a lot of chances to sample. This became my first of many opportunities to acquire a healthy (not so healthy) sugar addiction.

The one thing my grandparents did religiously was keep their offerings fresh.  They insured this by selling day-old treats at half price.  The customers knew that what they were buying was made that morning.  (Later, upon selling the bakery to a guy who did not practice the same diligence, the store went out of business in 6 months. People knew.)  For herself, Grandma Eddie always had to make sure things were piping hot and just out ..read more

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