Why-oh-why I never learn I will never know. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s not that I don’t know — in finite, intricate, complete detail (if that combination of qualifiers qualifies as redundant, just ignore it please) — it’s that I keep repeating the same errors.
At least I thought I was committing the same errors. Until yesterday.
Off I went to see a new nutritionist, Sabine Casanova, thinking that paying for someone to tell me what I already know, will give me that guilt/psychological boost I need to lose 10 kilos.
“You’re not eating enough and that’s why you’re gaining weight,” she told me. Thankfully I was seated when she delivered her edict.
Obviously in my perverse brain I’m thinking: cheese, mousse au chocolat, cherries, cherries, cherries. . . I’m not eating enough?
“Yes,” she said, “everyone tends to be surprised when I tell them they need to eat more.”
We had a long interview discussing my eating habits. I was brutally honest because I don’t know the woman and I need her help.
Not surprisingly I may not be eating “enough” but I am most definitely not eating properly and my laissez-aller eating habits have been wrecking havoc on a few of those measures they look at when you have a blood test. Nothing major, “not yet,” she pointed out, “but if you continue like this, well. . .”
This is what I’m doing wrong — you know, apart from above mentioned mousse au chocolat. . .
1.) Not eating enough féculents, i.e. legumes, i.e. slow sugars.
2.) Too much fruit.
3.) Too much butter.
4.) Not enough yogurt
5.) Not enough protein
That sort of covers it, at least for our first appointment.
I left with my customized regime, which she emphasized is not a diet, as in strictly constructed to lose weight, but rather a way to get “back on track” (that’s a paraphrase). I see her again in two weeks to discuss what I think about my new healthy eating and what we might want to tweak.
If you would like to join me on this adventure, please let me know and we can form our own little buddy system. Oprah says it’s easier if we have a partner in our endeavour. My-Reason-For-Living-In-France is on board, but I know he’ll cheat with cheese.
For the first few days I will weigh everything so that I get an idea of what 30 grams of fromage looks like or 100 grams of cherries. For the record, 100 grams of cherries is about 14 or 15 cherries.
I have a brilliant hyper sensitive food scale so I know exactly how much everything weighs to the very last gram.
One of her tips: “Some diets or nutritionists will suggest that it’s a good idea to drink a glass of water before meals to quell the appetite. Never do that. You want to eat with appetite. If you use the water method it hinders digestion and there is a good chance you’ll be hungry soon after a meal. It’s counter productive.”