Posts Tagged ‘sunday brunch’

September 21, 2011

The baked bread conundrum

9:04 am - Posted by Gregg

Lately, there’s been a common question that I seem to be asked over and over again. And that question is, “Why aren’t you a professional model?”

No. Wait. That’s not the common question.

The question is actually one that lots of my facebook friends ask me: “How do you eat all those baked breads without gaining any weight back?”

The question comes as a result of me posting pictures of my freshly baked bread creations to my facebook page – usually on Sunday mornings when I’m in the mood to explore my inner Martha Stewart. There’s nothing like the smell of fresh baked goodies wafting through the house. My latest was a loaf of Sour Cream-Blueberry Bread. And when enjoyed fresh out of the oven with (heaven forbid!) cream cheese, it makes for a wonderful treat that delights almost all the senses.

Did you catch the key word in the paragraph above? …Treat.

Fresh baked bread with cream cheese is not something I eat daily. Sometimes not even weekly. But it is something I enjoy in moderation. Even if I’m being strict with my eating plan (something which, for the record, I’m always paying strict attention to, even when ‘treating’ myself).

When working to get or stay healthy, any food and drink requires portion control. This is as true for green beans as it is for fresh baked bread. That’s the whole concept behind Just Stop Eating So Much! – to just stop… Well, you get the idea. Or you’re starting to get the idea, I hope.

The reason I keep drilling this overall message into your heads is because I’m constantly drilling it into my head as well. Believe me, I’m human. I get it. I want to take the whole loaf of fresh baked Sour Cream-Blueberry Bread, put it in a big bowl, add a vat of vanilla ice cream and find a big ol’ spoon. But this is when I quickly remind myself that this is what 450-pound Gregg would do. Not 175-pound Gregg.

The differences go on from here. 450-pound Gregg, while eating every last bite of the full loaf, the ice cream and whatever else could be used as a topping (a package of Oreo cookies for example), would be telling himself that “This is the last time I’ll ever eat foods like this.” 450-pound Gregg would devour every last bite – perhaps even while standing up or watching TV. (In other words, he wouldn’t go to the trouble of putting out a placemat and making for a nice presentation and a relaxing eating experience).

450-pound Gregg would then be in great physical pain from eating so much all at once. And he’d likely repeat this same ritual (“Last supper before starting the diet”) the very next day – if not the very next meal.

Contrarily, 175-pound Gregg would let the bread cool, then immediately slice it up, based on reasonable servings sizes. In this case, he would cut about 12 slices into a 9” loaf. He would then go a step further, and put the unused portions into individual containers for future use. All without lapping up any crumbs. These containers with the separated portions would be saved in the fridge or even the freezer. And since the slices are stored in portion-sized containers, the temptation to overdue it is greatly minimized – both now and in the future.

175-pound Gregg would place his current portion on a cute bistro-style plate and sit down and eat the reasonable portion (even with a small amount of low fat cream cheese and with 1/2 of a banana, sliced-up). 175-pound Gregg would enjoy this eating experience for all its worth. Afterward, he would realize he’s full and, more importantly, satisfied, and look forward to enjoying this treat again at a future time. It should also be noted that 175-pound Gregg also got his butt to the gym at 5am – yes, even on a Sunday morning – before he mixed up the batter and baked the bread.

I’m going to stop talking about myself in third person now because I don’t want to be one of ‘those people.’ But hopefully you get the point. One person’s routine vs. another’s. Only, in actuality, it’s the same person – with only about 250+ excess pounds separating these two different ways of enjoying fresh baked bread.

Small differences? Maybe. But consistent differences, for sure. Differences that result in better thoughts, better digestion, a better body and better health, overall. And that, my friends, is the recipe for something most delicious indeed.

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