Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Managing your weight and your meals

Baked Bowtie Pasta Chef Eddie Matney
Green Salad
Garlic Bread

Baked Bowtie Pasta
¾ cup sundried tomato paste
1 T garlic chopped
½ cup parsley chopped
3 cups cottage chesse
1 15 oz carton ricotta cheese
2 t salt
1 t red pepper flakes
2 lb bowtie pasta cooked and drained
1 cup shredded asiago cheese

Combine all ingredients except pasta and Asiago cheese in a bowl; mix well. Sir in pasta. Place in 13x9 inch baking pan, top with Asiago cheese. Bake at 300 degrees, 30 minuetes or until hot and bubbly. Serves 10

Sun dried tomato paste
20 sundried tomato pieces soaked in water to soften
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic
16 basil leaves
¼ cup tomato paste

Combine ingredients in blender, blend on high until smooth

Reflections from the Backcounter
Many mothers struggle to keep their weight under check. Obesity is rampant and of epidemic proportions in the United States. Why is the struggle so monumental and help so difficult to find? Our metabolism as we age shifts and the hard truth is that if we eat the same as we did when we were thirty, we will see a slow rise in our weight because of the obligatory caloric surplus that results. Interestingly, if a woman eats 100 calories a day more than she needs, she will gain around 10-12 pounds in a year. This is a dress size and it is really hard to understand because as women we do not see ourselves as overeating. Check out this concept and evaluate how you are eating. I believe that the healthiest way to watch my weight is to eat what I want but to be very aware of portions. It is even more challenging when a mother must feed a family as time, energy and budgets do not truly allow for cafeteria style meal options. It is very difficult to provide the 3500 calories or more /day to a growing teen age boy who is running track and not have tempting high calorie fare around to derail the efforts of the mom.

A Challenge but not impossible. I actually look to the Amish for inspiration on this and will share more later. A quick reminder...I am a qualified expert on this topic and have more than 25 years of expertise as a physician and lots of experience in weigt management. I need to encourage you if you are struggling with your weight as it can be very disheartening. And why the Amish? They walk everywhere and do not have societal weight issues. Try using a pedometer and see just how much you walk around during your activities of daily living. Aim for 10, 000 steps a day. Leave comments and let's see how you do!



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