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Pam Anderson's new one

whatscooking's picture

So I got this book yesterday,  It is called:  The Perfect Recipe for Eating Great and Losing Weight.    I like the book, mainly because this is the frame of mind I'm in right now - trying to balance my love of food and cooking with losing weight.  The book is interesting because she describes her battle with her weight (and her special challenges because she's a chef) and how she evolved to finally figure out a weight-loss plan that worked for her (which she describes in detail.)  I am enjoying it but it isn't ground breaking news:  she uses exercise, a regular meal plan and the all-important portion control.  But it is her thoughts and her words that make it personal and a good read.   Those of you who have some of her other books will recognize some recipes, like for fruit salsas, and pork tenderloin.  And this is not a book for someone who is looking to stretch their culinary wings.  Most of us here can make baked salmon with our eyes closed.  But there are some good looking healthy recipes that I plan to try.   I like that the calories for all the recipes are included.  I wish the rest of the nutritional info was there as well. Since I am a fan of hers and I'm on my own weight-loss journey, I would say this was a good purchase.  Has anyone else bought it yet?

Keep a green tree in your heart and
perhaps a singing bird will come
- Chinese proverb


Edited 2/29/2008 5:28 pm by whatscooking

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

MadMom's picture

(post #62924, reply #1 of 16)

Hmmm...you might have just enabled me.  I love her writing.  Unfortunately, cannot exercise much with my back in the shape it's in, but I know I could eat healthier.  Should I confess that for lunch today I had an avocado and some fried potatoes?  I should be shot.



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whatscooking's picture

(post #62924, reply #2 of 16)

I should be shot.


LOL.  I'm going to say don't be so hard on yourself.  But in truth, I'm always that hard on myself.  It all balances out, one lunch isn't going to ruin anyone's diet.  Just get right back up on the horse. 


Keep a green tree in your heart and
perhaps a singing bird will come
- Chinese proverb


Edited 2/29/2008 5:27 pm by whatscooking

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

MadMom's picture

(post #62924, reply #3 of 16)

I think I am the horse...at least the rear part of it!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Sheri's picture

(post #62924, reply #4 of 16)

I've got a class with her at SLT coming up soon. Thanks for the info on her book.

whatscooking's picture

(post #62924, reply #5 of 16)

Oh you're so lucky.  I wonder if she'll be doing classes at the SLTs here in Chicago.  I'll have to check.    I bet she's very approachable;  she seems so in her writing. 

Keep a green tree in your heart and
perhaps a singing bird will come
- Chinese proverb

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

MadMom's picture

(post #62924, reply #6 of 16)

She is extremely approachable.  I took one of her classes many moons ago.  Would love to see her now that she is in such a great shape.


She is an inspiration to me.  I ordered her book, and it arrived yesterday.  I spent most of yesterday afternoon just reading her story, haven't tried any of the recipes yet.  Unfortunately, I noticed her soups all call for instant rice, and I have none in the house (and really would prefer to keep it that way.)  I'm going to look on the net and see how much regular rice I should substitute.  Tonight, we're having her cream of asparagus soup (I'd swear she had recipes in FC - I'll have to look and see if they have a substitution) and seared scallops.  I'm not a fan of the scallops, so that will be nice, LOL. 




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
bwf17's picture

(post #62924, reply #7 of 16)

Mad Mom,


I just received this book in the mail and I have some questions regarding the calorie counts.  She says she is eating 400 calories for breakfast, but the parfaits, smoothies and omelets are all much less.  Do you think she eats a combination or perhaps adds toast to the omelet.  It does not add up to me.  A 250 calorie omelet is not going to last me till lunch I know that.


Your input would be appreciated.


Mary

 
MadMom's picture

(post #62924, reply #8 of 16)

I think Pam is not obsessing about calories.  She knows that calories in must be less than calories out if weight is going to be lost.  I find that her breakfast, modified for me, is a Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Omelet (233 calories) plus the Creamy Grits with Parmesan and Prosciutto (184 calories) plus a slice of whole grain toast (no butter) at about 100 calories.  That totals well over 500 calories.  I think the point is to watch your calories (cut down on butter, drink skim milk rather than whole milk, etc.) but eat well.  You will lose weight slower than if you go on a strict diet and really cut the calories, but will you be able to keep it off?  I'm trying to learn a new way of eating.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!


Edited 4/23/2008 9:03 pm ET by MadMom

bwf17's picture

(post #62924, reply #9 of 16)

Thanks immensely, I totally agree with you.   Good Luck... I will keep you posted on my progress too.


Mary

 
Marcia's picture

(post #62924, reply #10 of 16)

While I realize this thread is about Anderson's book, I know you have Sally Schneider's A New Way to Cook, and many of her recipes would fit in well with your long term goal of changing your eating habits.

MadMom's picture

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True.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

bwf17's picture

(post #62924, reply #12 of 16)

I just saw your other topic about this book and have posted there.


Mary

 
Sheri's picture

(post #62924, reply #13 of 16)

She says she eats six times a day. I think there's a mid-morning snack in there as well as an afternoon tea.

I will generally eat 4-5 times a day. For me, 200 cals for breakfast is enough. 300-400 for lunch, and the rest go for dinner and snacks. I stick to around 1200 - 1500 cals/day if I don't exercise.

MadMom's picture

(post #62924, reply #14 of 16)

Most "diets" I've seen (I know Pam hates that word) call for eating several small meals during the day, at least six.  I think each of us has to find the balance that works for us.  I do know that eating multiple meals will keep your metabolism up and help you burn more calories, so I'm working toward that.  It is hard for me, because I tend to eat two or three meals a day.  That's one of the reasons I'm making the wine biscuits tomorrow.  We'll see how that goes.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Sheri's picture

(post #62924, reply #15 of 16)

I agree, it's very individual. For example, I force myself to eat breakfast because it's supposed to be important. But I don't particularly like it. I do better with a cup of tea and then a tiny mid-morning snack. Maybe I should just stick with that, since it seems to work okay for me.

Amy's picture

(post #62924, reply #16 of 16)

Marion Nestle doesn't eat breakfast.