A tad off schedule as you can see, but I know those of you who have joined me on our regime journey are still with me. Right?
Here then are more measurements and equivalents from my dossier. I think these are universal, not just for me as the menus and counsel tend to be.
Eating legumes, which the French in general consume relatively often is a superb way to stave off hunger and luckily I love them. When I told My-Reason-For-Living-In-France that potatoes are a féculent (legume). He said, “What? That’s not possible.”
On the telephone with my great friend, Judy, yesterday, she said something similar: “What, really? I love potatoes. Are you sure?”
Apparently they can roll right into the routine if they’re steamed and they weigh in at 170 grams. I must add “what about baked?” to my list of questions for my dietician. I know without asking that we’re not supposed to eat potatoes every day.
For 150 grams of legumes we can substitute 80 grams of bread. My favorite bread is pain complet aux céréales — whole wheat bread with cereal. I love it, but it’s a good thing I have to weigh it because I could (and have) gone overboard on bread, particularly when it is associated with butter crunchy with sea salt.
Pear, apple, plum, pineapple, mango and litchi — 150 grams.
Raspberries, strawberries, melon (all sorts), orange — 250 grams (!)
Banana, grapes, cherries, figs — 100 grams
Peaches, abricots, nectarines, kiwi — 180 grams
Compote (no sugar added of course) — 100 grams
Fruit juices — 3 1/2 ounces
For me, as I’ve said, I’m supposed to eat my fruit at the end of the meal, not between meals.
Vegetables, Madame Casanova said, can be increased or decreased by 50 grams depending upon one’s appetite. That is not the case for legumes however.
If you prefer not to eat bread at every meal even though the quantity declines appreciably from breakfast to dinner, that’s an individual choice.
Breakfast bread — 60 to 80 grams
Lunch bread — 30 to 60 grams
Dinner — 30 grams
If, and let’s hope (and sort of not hope) we are invited for lunch or dinner with friends and if we — of course we will — stray from our regime, this is what we do the next day:
For lunch the following day have either fish or white meat, no cheese, vegetables, and a yogurt. The yogurt can be 20 percent fat, if you can find it, or whole milk. The calorie difference is basically insignificant.
For dinner, no legumes and for the protein fish or white meat. In general she prefers that choice of protein every night for dinner, weighing from 100 t0 120 grams.
From past experience I’ve found I may need two days to repent from excesses, but she claims one day will do the trick.
I plan on postponing excess as long as I possibly can. We’ll see how that works out.