Eat– for Good Health

Pasta is not bad for you, it’s just that we need to limit the quantity to 2 ounces, translating to 210 calories, 42 grams of carbohydrate and 7 grams of protein.   If you happen to be allergic to wheat, there are non-gluten varieties such as Super-grain Pasta from Ancient Harvest, a corn-quinoa combination.  Notice that corn is listed first on the ingredients label. Super-grain is gluten-free, but contains 205 calories, 46 grams of carbohydrate, and 4 grams of protein, not the same as a pile of quinoa, pronounced “Keenwa”. Quinoa is actually a seed that when cooked, acts like a grain in taste.

Pasta tastes great.  Golden girls limit it.  Here are some other tips for those on the plan:

14 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Janessa Breckinridge

    Kathleen, I’m glad pasta (limited) is okay! Actually, I have a whole wheat allergy. I know whole wheat contains more fiber and nutrients, but I take a vitamin pill.

  2. Reba Studebaker

    Here’s a tip for anyone who wants to look thinner while getting there– pull in your tummy and stand tall. This strengthens your abs!

  3. Reba Studebaker

    Folks, I am a quinoa lover, but rinse it before cooking. It may still have a coating, so I vigorously rinse in a strainer, soak it for several hours in water, then rinse it again. If you leave behind any of the coating, which is full of a bitter substance called saponin, your quinoa will taste terrible. The easiest way to prepare quinoa is to cook it much as you would rice. Just put a cup of the de-coated grain in a saucepan and pour two cups of water over it. Bring the pan to a boil, cover, and turn down the heat to a low simmer. Let it cook for about 15 minutes, then remove from heat.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Thank you for sharing this important point, Reba. Fortunately, most commercially marketed quinoa sold in North America and Europe today has been pre-processed to remove the coating. But, some health food stores do not remove it.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Absolutely, Janessa– exercise even if it’s just sit-ups, girl style push-ups, and a brisk walk. Eat a rainbow, from dark leafy greens to bright fruits and vegetables. Drink at least one glass of water per hour to prevent hydration. If you feel a craving coming on, call a friend. Write down your feelings. Today is Sunday, and I’m going to church. Not that I’m super religious, but I enjoy the teachings and it’s a place where I have friends.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice, yes, I have the Lector Two spot at the noon mass at our friendly small church, St John Neumann in Irvine, CA. I’ll read the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians. It doesn’t matter what religion we have, but as people, we benefit from having one. I know a nun who practices two religions, and one is Zen.

  7. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Sorry, I won’t have time for lunch, Kathleen. Rob and I are heading to the Malibu Pier for a whale watching excursion this afternoon.

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