Cajun foods as with any other foods can be eaten to excess.
It's not the once in while big meal that gets us, it's the
"always a big meal" that puts the pounds on. The CDC
(Center for Disease Control) has published information that obesity
is gaining momentum as a potential killer.
It's my responsibility to you as a food website administrator to
inform you about food. This information is not limited to what
tastes good, but, how healthy (or non-healthy) eating practices can
So here's my take on it all.
Remember, I am not a doctor, but, a doctor practices not only his
medicine but common sense so this is only MY common sense and
Most people by nature want to have it
all. Common sense tells us that "having it all" is not the
approach that is good for us. If you think that... you may need to
rethink! This same approach holds true with feeding your kids.
Obesity can start at an early age, and, at that early age YOU are in
control... not the kids.
Okay, I'll cut to the chase... If you're fat (and you know who
you are) you can make small moves to start loosing weight. Naturally
if you have a medical condition that takes any power from you you're
not included in what I speak of here.
Where do you start? No, not a diet...yet! Look at what you eat.
You are eating what YOU like right? Take a piece of paper and write
down all of your favorite foods, then write down which ones you eat the
most of, then re-write the list in the order of what you eat the
Now, look at how many things at the top of the list can make you
gain weight. Is it bread, fries, pasta, chips, whole milk, etc....?
Put a check mark by them.
Next make another list of things you like that you know are
healthy for you. Fruits, veggies etc. Remember you must like them,
hey, I won't eat stuff I don't like! Again write down the ones you
eat the most of... but now list them in their order of which ones
you like the most.
Here's your challenge. Eat 1/3 less of the bad stuff... increase
the healthy stuff by the same measure and practice that for a couple
of months. Yes, just start getting used to it, give it time.
Remember you didn't get fat over night...!
Let me give you an example from myself. I love and I mean LOVE
regular bread and whole milk... two fatty foods. Here's what I did
on that front. Switch to White Wheat bread and 2% milk. In a few
months I was used to them. Remember I said a few months. I love
apples and grapes...those are MY favorites. So I eat those at least
three times a week, not every day. My ultimate weakness is ice
cream... man get out the way! I used to eat a big bowl of ice
cream every night after supper and boy was I happy. Now, I eat a
half a coffee cup of ice cream maybe three times a week. You see
where I'm going here?
You have to gently change the path you're on. One or two things
at a time, that's it. You'll eventually make the proper changes and
still enjoy small amounts of the foods you love. Let me warn you...
If you totally deprive yourself of the foods you like you'll get
disgusted and go right back to them with a vengeance. Vengeance =
failure and weight gain.
Here's an additional approach... Serving size. Read more about