Aunt Daisy’s online advice column started a while back when she was still living in North Country. Recently she had lots of dieting questions from readers. She’s been slender all her life working hard in rodeos and on farms. She’s sensible about eating but still has lots of sympathy for dieters. When she wrote about dieting in “Shootin’ from the Hip” I thought about the size of the hip I was shootin’ from.
When Aunt Daisy wrote about dieting in “Shootin’ from the Hip” I thought about the size of the hip I was shootin’ from.
Dear Aunt Daisy,
I’m a wife and mother of two grade school kids. I just started a diet and I’m doing really well. I lost 5 pounds in the last two weeks by cutting out all the junk food we regularly eat in front of the TV. My husband and kids know how serious I am about the diet and respect me for trying hard.
My problem is: we’ve been invited to a large family reunion where cooking and eating has been turned into a fine art. Every day of a four-day weekend, all the activities revolve around picnics, cookouts, catching up to birthdays with lots of cakes and fattening desserts. All the women and some of the men spend most of their time either cooking or eating.
The family motto is: “Food left on the plate is an insult to the cook.” Needless to say, we are a family of large people. I’m afraid I’ll be conspicuous if I hang back. What should I do?
Afraid I’ll Blow My Diet
Dear Afraid to Blow Your Diet,
Bully for you, Honey, your heart surely is in the right place but you want to fit into your family’s shindig. That’s understandable.
They might comment on the fact that you lost weight since they last saw you. Just say “Really?” with a wide-eyed look. If they ask are you sick, you can say, “I had a bad cold and didn’t feel like eatin’ anythin’ but soup.” Don’t tell anybody you’re on a diet. A little lyin’ is okay.
Volunteer to make the salads. No, not potato or macaroni, but the green stuff.
When everybody’s cookin’ and eatin’, volunteer to do the dishes.
Good luck, Honey! When the next reunion rolls around, you’ll be the one in the skinny jeans!
Dear Aunt Daisy,
I want to loose weight but all the foods I love are bad for me. I could eat bread and butter, burgers, pie, cake and chocolate all day. I hate veggies! How can I loose weight with this attitude?
Worried about Hating Veggies
Dear Bee in Your Bonnet about Veggies,
That’s balderdash worryin’ about hatin’ veggies! Worry is like ridin’ a rockin’ horse. It don’t get you anywhere.
What kinda veggies you been eatin’ anyway? If you jest boil ‘em in water, no wonder you’re bellyachin’. They don’t taste good.
Get yourself a wok and try stirfryin’ ‘em. Roast ‘em in the oven, or pan fry with a little butter or olive oil. Add a bit o’ salt. Just a little won’t hurt.
Add some chorizo, chili, soy, parmesan, honey mustard dressing, herbs, spices or pesto. You’ll find that veggies aren’t a hard row to hoe.
Don’t forget to eat the foods you love – EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE! But when you’re feelin’ peckish, go for the veggies.
Buck up! You’ll be fine!
Dear Aunt Daisy,
My new boyfriend likes to take me out to eat, but I don’t want to gain weight. He takes me to really nice restaurants and the food is so good. How can I eat out with him, enjoy meals and still keep my figure? By the way, he’s a few pounds overweight but still good-looking.
Looking forward to your advice
Dear Eating at Great Places,
Sounds like your boyfriend is a real dude and wants to impress you by takin’ you out in style.
If the restaurants he’s takin’ you to are great places, they’ll have more to offer than pizza and French fries. When you read the menu, go to the appetizers. Choose a couple that are low calorie and will fill you up.
Why don’t YOU invite HIM to go out sometime? Instead of chowin’ down on your dates, take him for a long walk in the park. Suggest you go dancin’. Gitty up and move! If he’s right for you, he’ll want to get to know what happifys YOU. You might just be the cowgal for him and you’ll both hit pay dirt!
Aunt Daisy’s advice about loosing weight hit me hard. Max and I had been talking about going on a diet for months, but neither one of us made any moves in the right direction. That was about to change as far as I was concerned.
Max, the chuck wagon heaped with salads and good tasting veggies is comin’ through!
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