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Biscuits & Bacon - Easter Eggs and Weight Loss

Hatching Eggs Top Inspired(Photo courtesy Top Inspired)KENTUCKY (4/19/14) — This week Maureen dishes what to do with your leftover dyed Easter eggs and offers thoughts on why eating less and more isn't an oxymoron.

Dear Maureen,

I love dying hard-boiled eggs for my children for Easter, but I need a few fresh recipe ideas for after Easter. My family will only eat so much egg salad.

Eggs-asperated in Earlington

Dear Eggs-asperated,

First let me say, Happy Easter.

I feel your pain. Eating hard boiled eggs day after day gets old, as do the eggs. I wonder why there are never any leftover chocolate Easter eggs?

I digress.

Several easy ideas come to mind for those I-dyed-too-many-eggs this year.

Deviled eggs are the easiest option.

For a traditional variety, slice chilled eggs down the center lengthwise, mash the yolks with a fork, add mayonnaise, a dash of salt and pepper, stir until creamy or chunky, depending on your style, fill the whites, then sprinkle fresh chives, tarragon or sweet paprika over the yolk and serve.

To take Deviled Eggs to the next level, check out celebrity chef Bobby Flay's Southern-style idea, Deviled Eggs with Pickled Shrimp, a dish he plans to serve at Keeneland this year.

Pickled Eggs. Yes, the red beet variety. Time consuming and not for every palate, but you asked. Allrecipes.com.

How about using crumbled or chopped eggs for an All-American Cobb Salad? Fill a bowl with salad greens. Arrange chopped boiled eggs across the middle of the bowl, arrange roasted red peppers, sliced turkey, avocado, feta cheese and bacon (because everything is better with bacon).

Bacon Egg and Cheese melt. Easier than you think. The Pioneer Woman, Yummly.com.

Eat one hardboiled egg for breakfast, or take it as a snack for mid-day protein fix. A word of caution - peel hard boiled eggs at home lest you want your coworkers to think you let one slip, if you know what I mean.

One egg contains 70 calories, minerals, nutrients and the highest-quality protein found in any food, according to the Incredible Edible Egg.

Eggs-actly what you need to start the day.

Let me know how you use up those eggs and again, Happy Easter.

Maureen

cobb salad tastespottingScreenshot via TasteSpotting


Dear Maureen,

I decided it is time for a diet. I know I need to lose weight, but I can’t help it – I love to eat. I’m reducing my caloric intact to 1,200. After a light breakfast of coffee with cream and sugar and a sports bar, then salad for lunch, I have less than 700 calories to go. At noon, I'm still hungry! How will I make it through the rest of the day without chewing off my nails, or worse, over eating and ruining my diet?

Hungry in Hopkinsville

Dear Hungry,

Wow, that’s a mouthful of a question.

First, congrats on your decision to lose weight. Notice, I didn’t use the word "diet," or what I like to call the “D” word which I liken to “Disaster.” I think it is much healthier to focus on eating smaller meals and more often, (the less/more oxymoron mentioned earlier) rather than "dieting," which I think is an awful word. It even sounds unappetizing, doesn't it?

Counting calories is hard to maintain, especially for a self-described food-lover like yourself. And counting calories is boring. There are far more exciting things to do in life than spend your time tabulating a quarter of a cup of salad greens, six carrot sticks and four ounces of chicken even if you have an App on your smart phone.

I've got two words for you: portion control.

As a self proclaimed food-lover, eating several smaller meals is your best option.

Eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day instead of three "low-calorie diet" meals which tend to leave you hungry, lethargic, irritable and frustrated. Not good. A recent study shows hungry people tend to fight with their spouse more than people that aren't hungry. Really not good.

Other practical changes in your daily lifestyle choices will be to take a break from surfing food blogs and Pinterest for a while until you change your eating habits and increase your activity level.

Make healthy choices for snacks too.

Yogurt, chopped fruit and vegetables are best bets.

If you like to snack on nuts, be aware - all nuts are not created equal. Walnuts, pistachios and almonds pack the most nutrition, but too many nuts can keep you from hitting your weight loss goal.

Speaking of goals, write yours down. Accountability is key. And be realistic. Two pounds per week is healthy. If your goal is to lose twenty pounds, write the end date on the calendar. Let's say by June 28, ten weeks from today, you will be twenty pounds lighter. On the first day of your weight loss plan, (which would be today) tell yourself every day, several times a day if you need, "I will wear two sizes smaller by June 28." For most people ten pounds is one size in clothing.

Don't get caught up in the pounds and please don't weight yourself every day. Enjoy your life, take a walk, ride your bike, garden and get a good night sleep. And by reducing the amount of food you eat, you'll also save money at the grocery store. (Fodder for another day).

As always, if you're over fifty, or have health issues, talk to your doctor before you start a weight loss and exercise program.

Check in often and stick around for more weekly easy-to-prepare recipe ideas.

Maureen

Maureen C. Berry is the copyeditor and food writer at SurfKY.com. When she’s not writing or cooking, she’s photographing wildlife in her backyard. Maureen founded Center Street Writers' Guild in conjunction with Hopkins County Public Library. CSWG offers free writing/critique workshops. She lives in Western Kentucky with her husband and wire fox terrier, Reagan. Follow her on Twitter @seafoodladyorl.

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