If you haven’t read the book Eat, Pray, Love, I recommend you do so. I can only attest to the greatness of the book as I am yet to see the movie, but the book will have you smiling with every turn of a page…especially during the first section which takes place in Italy. The author writes of her adventures during trips to Italy, India, and Indonesia. And not shockingly, while in Italy she enjoys plentiful amounts of gelato and pizza while packing on pounds.
When I read the book, I could totally relate. In the summer of 2008 when I lived in Italy with Mr. Prevention, I found it hard to exercise portion control. Italian food is indescribable…DELICIOUS!
An article that popped into my in-box yesterday interviewed dietitians after reading Eat, Pray, Love as to how it related to their work in educating on the importance of balance. Carolyn O’Niel wrote in the article, “…the message throughout seemed to be about finding balance in life, love, work, thoughts and deeds.” I loved that summary — it’s spot on.
After reading the article and the comments from dietitians, it got me thinking that balance is the “main street” approach among nutrition professionals. There are very few dietitians that “lay down the LAW”, so to speak, without any room for “balance”. Most dietitians find that balance in their own diet and lifestyle brings them maintainable health and happiness, and so it’s only natural they share that philosophy with patients.
A fun, easy read on a great book, balance, and dietitians!
Speaking of, I’ve been enjoying my work-life balance. While yesterday was a long, 13-hour day I have been enjoying my 30-hour weeks! And it looks as though things will be staying fairly calm for awhile — I did not get the job in pediatric endocrinology 🙁 I found out on Monday and had to process the disappointment for a few days, but I exited the interview having given it my all. I knew I was a long-shot candidate with only 1 year of experience and no previous work in pediatrics, but completely bummed because I miss having my hands in diabetes on a regular basis!!
I think everything happens for a reason, and so I’ve turned my frown upside down and I’ve been using the afternoons to walk with Lily and get in great workouts. Miss Lily can walk about 0.6 miles in the 80 degree heat before she has to chug a bowl of water and plop down on TOP of the air-conditioning vent. Exhibit A:
And of course, I use my time to make Mr. Prevention a home-cooked meal every night!
Last night: Twice-baked potato and Biggest Loser Faux Fried Chicken!!
Biggest Loser “Fried Chicken”
2 pounds chicken tenders
1 quart 1% buttermilk
2 cups whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons paprika
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon organic seasoning Salt
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
Large pinch cayenne pepper
4 egg whites, beaten to very soft peaks
Pam cooking spray or olive oil
Soak chicken tenders in refrigerator, in buttermilk, for 6 hours or overnight.
Drain and blot with paper towels to remove excess buttermilk. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325° F. Lay bread crumbs out on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes. Cool.
Increase oven heat to 450º F. Combine cornstarch, paprika, seasoning salt, black pepper, and cayenne in a large Pyrex dish – mix well.
Dredge drained and blotted chicken tenders in seasoned starch. Next, coat dredged tenders thoroughly with beaten egg whites. Last, dip tenders in toasted panko to fully coat. Place chicken tenders on a foil-lined baking sheet, fitted with a baking rack. Lightly spray chicken on both sides with Pam and season lightly with salt, if desired. Bake for about 12 – 15 minutes or until outside is crispy and chicken is just cooked through and juicy. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 270 calories; 4 g. fat (1 g. saturated fat); 65 mg. cholesterol; 210 mg. sodium; 27 g. carbohydrate; 2 g. fiber; 28 g. protein
Result: I rave about this recipe every time I make it…which is a lot, because Mr. Prevention LOVES it!!!! This is, hands down, one of his favorite meals.
Question: Did you read Eat, Pray, Love, or see the movie? Opinions? Do you think your nutritional “balance” is in check? Do you think you need to loosen the reins, or tighten them?
It’s all about balance and keeping balanced.