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The Teenager Way to Lose Weight

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

For all of the teen agers who can't touch their toes or run around the block and wants to eat well, lose weight and have fun in the kitchen knowing about and preparing good foods and eating healthy.

I just read a book Portion Size Me, A Kid-Driven Plan to a Healthier Family by Marshall Reid, a seventh grader, and help from his mother, Alexandra Reid. I saw the two authors on CNN last week and it hit home that this is what all teenagers in Kennett should read and work on to become healthy and not have anyone tease them for being "fat".

Their goals were simple and understandable. First, Eat as Many Real Foods as Possible, meaning food made of natural products or go to the Farmer's Market Saturday morning and purchase fresh produce from the local farmers. Or don't eat foods that has ingredients in it that you cannot pronounce and it is on a white bun with ketchup.

Read the ingredients on packaged foods. Don't be lead by the advertisements and the noise everywhere about the product. You can't learn everything on the first trip to the store. Start with a few items and learn about them. If you like and they are healthy remember them and on the next trip add to your inventory of good healthy foods to eat. This is your life, make the effort to achieve healthy goals and work each day to meet those goals. But think portion controls all the time.

Pause before you eat. This is what I try to write about each week. Ask yourself, is this the best I can do in taste, nutrients, and does it really taste and smell like I want it.

Then get moving. Exercise, or another way to say it, Move your body. Your goal should be to get going in the kitchen and develop your mind-set about the food you use as fuel. Develop the foods you eat regularly and work to alter your collection. Boom you have changed your diet.```

Help out in the kitchen with mom and learn about how to cook. How to organize, order, prepare, costs and proportion control.

Especially important is proportion control. I met my wife when I was on active military duty as a cook for two weeks in the Summer. She knew I could cook for hundreds of troops on a drop of a hat. When we married she set one rule for me. Do not even go into the kitchen, even to get a drink of water. She knew I could not just cook for one or two. So I did not cook one meal but what was equally strange, she did not cook any meals. So with a food allowance, I ate breakfast at Eunice's on the way to work, lunch at the military arsenal and the evening meal at Mullins on the way home. It worked for me for if I ate too much, I would run out of allowance money. So my diet was controlled by the big old dollar bill.

Now we begin to take food seriously and apply our goals. Why start with a smoothie? I always thought it was a very expensive drink purchased at restaurant who made it to sweet. If you want something that is healthy, hydrating and filing go to a "black and blue smoothie" particularly when the fruits are in season. Take about a cup of plain low-fat yogurt and about a half cup of frozen blue-berries and blackberries. Drizzle of agave-nectar (this is just another natural sweetener, like honey) Then a dash if cocoa powder.

Blend all ingredients in a blender. If you want a thicker smoother smoothie, add a couple ice cubes. If you want to go really crazy, you can add a slice of plain tofu for extra protein. I wrote about this idea two years ago when writing about drinks I had when visiting India.

Now we are started to make simple changes that will make a world of differences. Good luck for the next few months short excerpts for the teen age diet will be coming thank to Sourcebooks "Portion Size Me."

To finish these ideas let us start with a teen ager's idea for making a scrambled egg. Even if you don't want to be lazy it is fun to do. Add an egg in a small bowl and whip with a whisk until well blended. Spray a dinner plate with light cooking oil (not entirely necessary). Add eggs onto the plate, careful that it doesn't spill over sides. Cook in them in a wave for about three minutes, or until they are done. You end up with a thin egg omelet like a tortilla that you can eat plain or use as a wrap for other things. Now we are off to think of becoming thinner and no one calling you fat.

Have a Happy

Larry Eiker
Eiker's Burgoo of Food Ideas