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Archive for May, 2011

Battle of the jumbo sandwich

Here is the newest war of the sandwiches between a kosher and non-kosher eatery. The 2nd Avenue Deli’s “Instant Heart Attack Sandwich” is under attack as the restaurant Heart Attack Grill located in Arizona is claiming copyright infringement.  The 2nd Ave Deli, a well-known  kosher eatery located in New York City, is filing a counter suit claiming that it has been selling the sandwich for since 2004, before the Heart Attack Grill even opened. Here is the report from Reuters. Here is a photo of the sandwich on GrubStreet NY.

Not sure why both restaurants are both so proud of their sandwich’s name, clearly suggesting how unhealthy it is. The jumbo sandwich contains 2 large potato pancakes with stacks of corned beef, pastrami, turkey or salami. Clearly, it is the antithesis of portion control! My suggestion: stick to a turkey sandwich with mustard sans potato pancakes and cherish your health. Or, share the sandwich 4 ways and get on the treadmill.

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To cut calories, try cutting food in half!

New research reported in the May issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found what I have been preaching for years and in my book The Portion Teller Plan : to cut back on how many calories you eat, try eating a smaller portion! In this study, which looked at candy size, the researchers found that slicing candies in half caused subjects to eat less of the snacks, and ultimately fewer calories.

Subjects–college students–were put in one of 2 groups: in one, 20 pieces of candy were served whole. In another, the 20 candies were cut in half. During both tests, people ate about the same number of pieces.  Those who ate the larger pieces, however, consumed about 60 calories more than those who ate the smaller pieces.

Interestingly, no substantial differences were found in the groups regarding hunger, how much the test subjects liked the candies, and whether they ate candy on a regular basis.

Here is the take home message:  if you want to eat fewer calories, try cutting your portion. And, skip the over sized packages of candy, chips, and soda. Say no to the jumbo king size candy bar, or split it with several friends.

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Eat MORE to lose weight!

Eat MORE to lose weight.

Tara Parker Pope of the New York Times reports on research showing that eating MORE of certain foods can control calories and stave off hunger. Such foods include adding cayenne pepper as well as pureed vegetables to various dishes. I am pleased to applaud that adding veggies to various dishes is a great idea; they add volume to your food, and are packed with antioxidants, and fiber which helps you to feel full. Professor Barbara Rolls from Penn State University and author of the excellent Volumetrics books has done research showing that that adding veggies to casseroles results in fewer calories per serving. So dieters can eat the same amount of food for fewer calories! And both Jessica Seinfeld and Sneaky Chef Missy Chase Lapine have published cookbooks where they have added healthy ingredients into kids’ favorite meals.

In my counseling practice, I have found that  getting clients to eat MORE fruits and vegetables is a great tool for dieters as that they do not have to stare at a half empty plate. Feeling satisfied and having a full plate of food may also keep you motivated and help you stick to your plan.

Here are some ideas that have worked well for my clients and will hopefully work well for you:

  • Start your meal with a low-cal veggie based soups.
  • When making a soup or a bean dish, throw in a mix of veggies to add bulk and volume.
  • Add assorted vegetables into casseroles and pasta dishes.
  • Bake brownies or other favorite desserts with pureed fruits and veggies.
  • And, be sure to include a fruit or veggie serving to each meal.
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