Now that it really is Valentine’s Day, I would like to devote another post to our amazing hearts!
I got a free magazine from the local health food store, and read a great article titled, “Eat Well, and Savor Your Life”. What a great title! It contained a few recipes and interview with cardiologist and chef, Mike Fenster, MD. Wow, what a perfect match made in heaven!
Here’s a quote that is very quotable:
“What we eat is not just fuel to get us through our daily grind; it contains the building blocks upon which our bodies are constructed…that is why I created the Path of the Three ‘Bes’: Be Aware, Be Fresh, and Be on Time and in proportion.”
Be Aware: basically, junk food is called such for good reason. Real nutrition is not there, and we are led to seeking something to fill our cravings, losing appreciation for true taste.
Be Fresh: pretty self-explanatory! Make what you can from scratch; you know what’s there and have
control over what goes in and what stays out. And, this is much more economical.
Be on Time and in proportion: We all love to supersize. Now, this isn’t a rule I pay much attention to because I was blessed with high metabolism. Therefore, I do eat a lot. However, it is good to remember to have a little snack about 20 minutes before eating a big meal to limit overeating. And, wait a few minutes before going back for seconds! In Dr. Fenster’s words, “You can have your cake and eat it too- just not at one sitting!” Just take a moment before consuming and think about what you are about to feed yourself. This will limit overeating, but also help you to enjoy your food more!
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this day of love than with a final quote from this chef/physician marriage:
“By using fresh ingredients and controlling portions… there is little that nature offers that is not beneficial to us. Food, for most of us in this country and many industrialized nations around the world, is more than just nutrition. It is tied to our memories, feelings and emotions. We need to be able to feed our souls with great tasting food that also supplies our bodies with the nutrition we require.”
Happy Valentines Day!