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shywoodlandcreature's picture

Here's an interesting concept/survey/study from Cornell University: http://www.mindlesseating.org/index.htm. Just poking around the site is fascinating! And the mindless eating challenge looks pretty good.





"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
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CookiM0nster's picture

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How cool. I've read some of his research reports, but that website is new to me. He's done some really neat stuff.

jrobin's picture

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I just finished this book, it is very good.  All the different studies they do on people is both fascinating and funny. The author admits he falls for the same pitfalls we all do.


We are applying several of the techniques to our daily lives. 


One is where if you are a fast eater to follow the lead of the slowest eater at the table (which is our picky 14 yr old). If you don't pick your fork up until they do and pace yourself with that person, you will eat much slower and you also will not be sitting there trying to hurry the other person and you also will not be so quick to reach for seconds.


Jennifer

shywoodlandcreature's picture

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Thanks for the endorsement. LoML just ordered the book, and I signed up for the challenge/study. We'll see how it goes, but I do love the basic concept that the diet that works is the one you don't know you're on.





"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
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MadMom's picture

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I just signed up for the challenge.  My hardest thing will be getting away from the high calorie desserts.  Of course, when it came to a non-food challenge, I put down "get more exercise" which is pretty foolish when I have trouble getting up from a chair, but will hopefully feel better soon. 



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

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I really like the fact that this is a serious study being conducted through a serious university. No "guarantees", no forbidden foods, no drastic changes -- just shifting motivations around, and making small but significant changes. My downfall is the wine after dinner -- don't know what'll motivate me to change that one.





"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
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MadMom's picture

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I know.  I saw the "drink water instead of higher calorie beverages" and thought, Wow, that's easy.  Then I realized that I don't drink higher calorie beverages, except wine with dinner, milk with lunch, and V8 with breakfast.  So, I modified it.  One step at a time.  The first month, I'm just pledging not to drink anything except water, outside of meals.  Maybe the following month, I could move forward.


Speaking of moving forward, I took a giant leap backward.  First, one of my goals was to substitute fruit for higher calorie desserts.  Another goal was to eat yogurt for snacks.  So, I went out looking for Greek yogurt, which I love (and feel is so much better than eating Dannon or something similar.)  While at the Fresh Market, they had the most gorgeous Meyer lemons, so I bought some.  All I can think of is lemon curd, wonderful lemon tarts, lemon crepes...none of which are particularly low calorie.  Anyone have any suggestions for how I can use these beautiful Meyers without busting my resolutions before I even start?




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Slice them for your water glass. :) I wonder if it would work to freeze them sliced? Hm, they'd have to be separated somehow.



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MadMom's picture

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But, but, but...I want something that tastes like it has a gazillion calories and really doesn't, LOL!  I'm thinking of juicing them and freezing the juice for someday when I've lost half a Sally and want to celebrate.  Can you use the zest from them?  I would think it would lack the tartness one wants in zest, but was curious.



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Jean's picture

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The Meyers don't seem to make it this far north, so what do I know?  I'm just really jealous.



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MadMom's picture

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I haven't seen them since we left Texas and Central Market, and these were just gorgeous.  Don't know how they taste.  I'm wondering if maybe they would make good lemonade, sweetened with Splenda?  That would be low cal, and should let the flavor come through.



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Could you use them to make a lemon yogurt? Meyer's are pretty sweet on their own, aren't they? So, just juicing them and adding some juice to some vanilla or plain yogurt might work, if it doesn't curdle the yogurt.

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MadMom's picture

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Ohhh, that's a good idea.  Wonder how they would do with the Greek yogurt?  I do put a small amount of honey with it, so that might counteract any tartness.  I think I'll cut up one tomorrow, use part of it in a glass of water, part of it to make lemonade, and part in the yogurt.



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

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I am sooooo jealous! I would love some Meyer lemons, but I've never seen them up here. May have to visit N. Carolina just for that!

As for subbing low-calories for high calories, I'm trying to remember that I actually really, really like a cup of tea after dinner, instead of just automatically reaching for the wine glass.





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MadMom's picture

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I really cheated on that one, since I'm trying to limit myself to one glass of wine with dinner, anyway.  The hardest thing has been the "no desserts" thing, because I always save half the glass of wine to enjoy with chocolates or some other desserty thing after dinner. 


You know you're always welcome in NC...and the Meyer lemons would be a nice plus, if you hurry.  I'll go change the sheets on the guest bed...when will you be here?




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shywoodlandcreature's picture

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Tomorrow afternoon??? (Just kidding, alas - we have painters coming in tomorrow morning. Gotta be here to greet them and show them where to put the heavy stuff).





"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
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MadMom's picture

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Wish you weren't kidding...you know you're always welcome.  What's getting painted this time?



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We're doing the downstairs and the hallway - more tasteful sage and green. Don't know what's gotten into me -- maybe I'm channeling Martha, but green seems to be my pallete these days.





"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
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MadMom's picture

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I love green, but like the sage color more than bright green (hint, hint...when are you going to paint the kitchen?)  I think it's great to change things around every now and then.



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Actually, the kitchen was the first room we painted (actually just got as far as the breakfast nook and the hood -- P has been promising for oh, about five years now that he'll get around to painting the kitchen-kitchen any day now. Yeah, right. Meanwhile, I've decided that the terra cotta orange is just wrong, and want to redo it, but it seems the cupboards are a given - they were painted with marine enamel, I think, or something similar, so hard green they'll stay, or else we have to get new ones built. (I've always been partial to red kitchens, myself, but P will have none of that, so my second choice would be a really nice vanilla with apple green trim - also nixed by his Pickiness).





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Whole Foods in West Van often has Meyer lemons at this time of year. They aren't that expensive, they are more than regular lemons, but not exhorbitantly more.

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MadMom's picture

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I didn't have any yogurt today, but thought that tomorrow I might juice one, reduce the juice, and mix it with the yogurt.  If it's too tart, might add some honey.  BTW, I met all my goals yesterday (except exercise, of course...the back will have to get much better before I hit that one) and lost a whole pound.  Maybe this isn't such a bad idea?  Tonight, DH had a strawberry sundae, and I had three fresh strawberries, no ice cream, no whipped cream.  I'm really trying. 



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

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That would be great, but we're waaaaay over on the other side of the Lower Mainland. 'Fraid a handful of lemons wouldn't justify the gas to get to West Van (and if it did, we'd make a detour by Thomas Haas, and that would sorta defeat the purpose of getting something to make yummy diet food...)





"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
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TracyK's picture

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I've never seen them anywhere, either. And I can find darn near anything! Grr.


Of course, they'd probably cost $5 apiece, and I'm too cheap for that, LOL.


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MadMom's picture

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You know, I could give some to DSIL to take back with him to Fort Belvoir if you want.



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Risottogirl's picture

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WF had some beauties (Meyers) today for $2.99/lb - about 4.

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Marie Louise's picture

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Jean is right, they are lovely in a glass of water. When I had an excess of them at my last house, I did this every day in an effort to use as many as possible. Your water will taste so good you won't miss the calories.

It also makes great salad dressing-add a teaspoon of Balsamic or sherry vinegar to give it a little more acid. And put the juice on vegetables. The zest is good in just about anything-over asparagus, in risotto, on pasta.

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jojo's picture

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You could make a granita. I like the zest.

MadMom's picture

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Another great idea...surely the granita wouldn't count as a real dessert, would it?



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Absolutely not.

veronica320's picture

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About Meyer lemons...I am blessed with loads of them every year and thought I'd reply to your considered use of them. I used to juice every single one of the gorgeous things and hoard it all up the freezer. I believed the knowledge that my freezer contained this bounty would help me sleep at night. BUT, this delicate juice rapidly loses its characteristic flavor after about three months in the freezer. After this sad discovery, I made syrup with it, to add to my drinking water along with mint or ginger. This keeps very well, but doesn't help anyone's diet. So, I just use a tablespoon or so per litre.

Since my freezer days, I use the fresh juice as is, on veggies, on seafood, in salad dressings, and straight into the water pitcher. I also preserve the whole lemons, Moroccan style, for later use -- the distinct flavor holds up well this way.

As for the zest, this is wonderful stuff and actually keeps its flavor very well in the freezer, at least up to a year, well-wrapped. Use it any way you'd use any other citrus zest. Recently, I began marinating mixed olives in a bath of olive oil, Meyer juice and zest, along with garlic and spices. This is a good way to put them to a healthy and delicious use. Hope this helps. They are marvelous things indeed.