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    New Eating Habits for Kathryn

    I have a big news flash! I’ve just discovered an amazing new food prepared by none other than Chef Boyardee. Herman can’t get over the fact that I never had any of these canned goods. I can’t believe that all these years I’ve been boiling pasta and adding Ragu sauce. For months I have watched my aide, Robin, heat up a can of Chef Boyardee and partake with relish. I, on the other hand, would stock up my freezer with entrée’s and have them for my lunch.

    I was at Hannaford Grocery Store the other night when I had an epiphany (it might have had something to do with the fact I was hungry while shopping). I was zipping down the aisle in my electric wheelchair when I came face to face with the whole array of canned goods, and what jumped out at me were the Chef Boyardee dinners in a can.

    I’ve often been accused of being a picky eater, and I must say that I really am one. For instance, for breakfast in the morning, I have an array of fresh fruit accompanied by yogurt with Grape Nuts in it. I generally drink only water, won’t touch ham, and am not a real big meat eater in general. And when I have eggs, I never use salt or pepper. In fact, I like them so plain that they are poached without butter. Now, Herman, on the other hand, will have eggs smothered in butter, cheese, ham, home fries, even salsa. And he is a diehard meat and potatoes man. Complete with gravy. In fact, gravy on everything and anything, including macaroni salad! Most often, at any given meal, we eat totally different things. Herman tells me the kind of fruit he had until he knew me was the kind that’s in a whipped cream salad with canned fruit. This is something I cannot stand. I’ve absolutely converted him to fresh fruit.

    I have been known to devour ice cream directly out of the carton and eat chocolate on a regular basis. Given what I eat in junk food, I should weigh a couple hundred pounds, where in reality I only weigh about 110. Herman is very active and I make him work out as much as I used to when I was able. He doesn’t eat sweets, doesn’t really care about ice cream, but honestly I think it’s the meat and potatoes that makes him fight with his weight. Not that he’s heavy, but I’m such an advocate of eating right and working out as I used to when I was able, that I kind of crack the whip hard when it comes to cardiovascular training. What I always taunt Herman with, is "My God, if I could work out like you can, I wouldn’t be able to sit still." I’m not trying to guilt him into it, but the fact remains, if one can, one should. Does this mean that I can convert him to being a work out-aholic like I used to be? Probably not.

    Does this mean that he can convert me to his way of eating? Absolutely not. The big exception here is Mr. Chef Boyardee. But I thought this up all on my own. This is the one food group that Herman and I share in common.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"