Whine: Watching Food Network on an empty stomach and wishing Paula Deen were my very generous next-door neighbor. I can practically smell that melted butter.
Cheese: I do, in fact, have a very generous next-door neighbor. I went by the other day and was treated to homemade tortillas and some delicious fillings. Eat your heart out, Taco Bell.
On a good day if you ask me I’ll tell you that my weight is not a big deal. On the other 360 days a year, you’ll probably get a very different answer. The main reason you haven’t heard me whining about it here is because I’m really hesitant to talk weight-loss in this format. There are just so many things to take out of context. The other reason I haven’t been whining about it lately is because I’ve been using the ostrich (stick your head in the sand) method of dieting and weight loss.
So when my friend Spaghetti Pie asked me to read The Baby Fat Diet as part of a blog tour, I thought, hey, why the heck not? Obviously the forget-to-eat-then-supplement-your-flagging-energy-with-candy diet has not quite gotten me to ideal healthfulness, not to mention weight, so what have I got to lose? (Besides 10 pounds or so.)
The Baby Fat Diet is a book constructed for mothers. The chapters are short and able to be read in any order at any time. And at the end of each amazingly short chapter are bullet points summarizing the few pages you probably still didn’t manage to read, amidst wild toddlers and screaming babies. The authors also leave plentyof space for you to write out your response(s) to and/or action plan for each chapter. Action plans are a good thing. Especially when it comes to weight loss.
The topics in the book range from vitamins and minerals to how to cheat (my favorite chapter). As suggested by the authors, I skipped around the book, reading the chapters that I felt most pertained to my current situation. Remarkably, the authors do NOT recommend skipping meals, eating off your child’s plate or supplementing your nutrition with peanut M&Ms. They do, however, give you lots and lots of information on how, when and what to eat.
I found lots of helpful info in the book, including my healthy weight range, my necessary calorie intake (which as a former Weight Watchers member I didn’t know) and some suggested meal and snack ideas. Some of this was news to me, some of it was a good reminder. But the bottom line that I walked away with was this: healthy eating takes time. Until I am willing to spend time thinking about and preparing healthy food, I won’t lose more than a pound or two. This is a problem for me because I am, in fact, the laziest eater on the planet. I have been known to open a can of condensed soup and eat it directly from the can. No water. No heat. Disgusting, I know. But that’s how lazy I am. So, I have discovered that I may actually have to do some work to be a healthy mom.
The only thing I felt was missing from the book was a strong motivation for implementing any or all of the strategies. Knowing I’m lacking riboflavin doesn’t exactly coerce me into going out and eating more legumes. Perhaps I’m foolish to think that I could derive motivation from the pages of a book, but at this point in my life I probably don’t need information quite as much as I need a drill instructor yelling in my face.
All in all, I would recommend The Baby Fat diet as an incredible, easy-to-use source of information on nutrition and exercise. If you need to know the ins and outs of a healthy lifestyle, this is the book for you.
If , however, you need a kick in the pants, you’ll probably have to do that yourself. Good luck with that.