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Monday, July 9, 2012

Through the past lightly

Back to Boyd briefly. Finished her memoir earlier and recognized the deep interconnections between infertility, self-image and self-esteem.

In some cases, this expands (no pun intended) to include body image and weight management challenges, from a few pounds of dumpy, doughy, dumpling-like thigh to serious disordered eating.

I believe I’ve wrested control of my physical well being, achieving an elusive balance that enables me to eat well for the long term.   

Currently experiencing a condensed term of condensed living as an apartment dweller with 95% of my life stuffed away in storage, I’m compelled to find quick easy ways to “cook” without so much as turning on a stove, oven, dishwasher or fat cell.

Here’s one of my concoctions. You’ll need:

Paper plate


Egg whites (I use 6 Tbs.)

2 pieces of turkey bacon (optional)1 piece of 2% cheese (optional)

Spoonful of Walden Farms syrup (optional)

Zap the plate with Pam.

Pour in the egg whites.

Place turkey bacon across the center of the plate.

Place cheese where desired (somewhere on the plate, please).

Zip it into the microwave and cook for about 1:45 – 1:50 seconds.

Pour syrup over turkey bacon and enjoy!

This has the added allure of enabling us to mess with our own eggs for a change. It’s all about taking charge.


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