Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Indulge? You Keep Using that Word....

...I don't think it means what you think it means.

That's what I want to say to Allure Magazine. There's an article in their September Issue (with Hairy Underwear on the cover) discussing food cravings and how to control them. Sidebars accompanying the article give examples of substitutions to eat when those cravings hit.

For example, when you're hankering for some French toast, Stephen Gallo, a NYC psychotherapist and author of The Thin Commandments, suggests "a slice of Wonder Light bread dipped in egg whites, cooked in a pan with Pam Butter Flavor Spray, and finished with cinnamon, Splenda, and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! spray."

Wow. Eating a pile of chemicals is better for you than eating real food. Who knew?

And when you're craving pasta, have a serving of shirataki spaghetti, which has 20 calories a serving. Top with an "Alfredo" sauce made with one wedge of melted Laughing Cow light cheese and a bit of reduced-fat Parmesan and fat-free sour cream.

Excuse me while I go eat an entire box of See's caramels to cover the bad taste in my mouth from simply reading about these food substitutes.


Anonymous said...

I find that the best way to give in to a food craving is to "indulge" it, as in go get whatever it is you crave and enjoy it. In the end, whatever substitute you've eaten isn't going to satisfy the craving and you're going to go out and get the real thing anyway. Binging is a bad idea, but a small or even moderate portion of anything won't kill you.

But then, I am not, have never been, and have no desire to be fashion-model underweight.

Anonymous said...

Shaddup! It's good for you! LOL!

Now I must go and have a banana split for dinner.