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Why I Prefer the "Before" Version

By Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP

Saving your best recipies from the cutting room floor Since we've changed to "low fat," nonfat, and other reduced calorie versions of popular foods and recipes, we've become increasingly fatter. Have you noticed? The former version of our old favorites was good because it was good. Food wasn't developed for its content, but rather for its texture, flavor, and appeal to the senses. You will gain much more satisfaction by eating the real thing than you ever will with a flimsy substitute. I prefer the "before" versions.

When I come across a recipe that has been changed, I usually make the before version. Why would I want to substitute something else for the ingredients that give it the luscious creaminess, or the exact flavorful richness? Why, indeed.

Don't bother to eat low fat ice-cream. It doesn't satisfy. Low fat cookies? Give me a break. Eat the best tasting cookies you can find, and you'll find you are much more satisfied with a smaller amount. When people grab a box of low fat cookies, they usually eat the entire box, instead of two or three cookies as the makers would have intended. A box of cookies, even if they are made of sawdust, are still going to add to the ever expanding waistline, unless you curb your cravings, and real foods will give you the satisfaction you crave.

Why do we attempt to trick ourselves. Awhile back I read about a new low fat candy bar. Yippee. This was going to be good, I thought. So I bought one and tried it. It was awful, and rightly so. How can a candy bar be any good if they take out all the goodness and replace it with a chemical concoction? Are we that gullible that we can be tricked into thinking something is good just because it says, candy? I find the best chocolates, the best cakes, the best cookies, and I eat and enjoy them fully.

Leftovers shouldn't be saved unless you are the type to warm them up the next day. If you just save them because you can't bear to throw food away, get over it. That's silly, and makes for a messy refrigerator to boot. Nothing is going to waist now is it? Left over food is garbage, unless you're the type to enjoy leftovers (I am). Keep it if you'll look forward to eating it the next day, and if not, get rid of it. Bake cookies and goodies, have some, and give the rest away. We have nursing homes, etc. that appreciate these gifts.

By Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP