One Thing You Can Do Now: #5 Search Out and Eat Real Food

by Anne Bennett on August 8, 2009

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Look at this picture. Which one is the real peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Here’s a hint to the answer: it’s something your grandmother would have recognized. I’m not knocking the frozen PB & J sandwich-ettes. They’re the perfect solution for the harried mom who DOESN’T HAVE 30 SECONDS TO SMEAR PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY ON BREAD!

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First Lady praying that it's real food.

Sometimes, when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the monotonous chores of daily life, I look to the rich and famous to see how they do it. Here’s a thought that occurred to me: I’m not an expert on what goes on in the White House, but I’m going to venture a guess that when the WH cooks are out in the garden digging up organic veggies for a state dinner, ┬áthe First Lady somehow squeezes in the time to make real sandwiches for her girls. I mean, does she look like the kind of woman who serves Uncrustables?

This is an important subject for me. I work for Weight Watchers, and every day I deal with wonderful, hard-working people who struggle with losing weight. One conclusion I have been unable to sidestep is this: we’re eating way too much “food” that we’re not preparing for ourselves, and it’s making us fat.

I will spend more time on this subject in coming days. In the meantime, get yourselves to a theater and see “Julie and Julia”, starring Meryl Streep. It says more about the joy–of life and real food–than anything I could write.

WW points for real peanut butter sandwich: 7

WW points for Uncrustable: 5 (that’s a lot, considering how puny it is)

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AmyPrevot Kamm August 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Amen sister! Julie and Julia was wonderful and I heard many people comment afterwards “let’s go get something to eat!”.

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