New Eating Habits for Kathryn
a big news flash! Ive just discovered an amazing new
food prepared by none other than Chef Boyardee. Herman cant
get over the fact that I never had any of these canned goods.
I cant believe that all these years Ive 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
entrées and have them for my lunch.
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.
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, wont
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
thats in a whipped cream salad with canned fruit. This
is something I cannot stand. Ive absolutely converted
him to fresh fruit.
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 doesnt eat sweets, doesnt really care about
ice cream, but honestly I think its the meat and potatoes
that makes him fight with his weight. Not that hes heavy,
but Im 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 wouldnt be able to sit still."
Im 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
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.
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"