Let Them Eat Cake
July 10, 2015
It’s a myth that Marie Antoinette uttered those words. History doesn’t correctly recall who said them…
However, you wouldn’t expect them to be uttered to a group of people who are on a quest to change their shape, shed some pounds and follow a healthy nutrition regime either but...
That’s one of the wonderful things about the WLR. Nothing is off limits. If I want to eat cake, I can.
Another wonderful thing about WLR is, if I do choose to eat cake, I can find out the exact nutritional and calorific value of the cake and factor it into my eating plans. Another benefit of being a member of WLR is access to the information and wisdom found on the website, either from the experts who contribute to the articles or the members who provide help, information, support and personal experiences. By combining all these I was able to enjoy a slice of cake this week (as Lovely Husband completed another 365 day cycle on the planet).
His birthday was a real cause for celebration because, this time last year he was very ill, and during the course of the year got very much worse. I’m glad to say that he’s now on the way to being very much better and although he will always have to monitored and will never be cured, the medication seems to be working at the moment which means his energy levels are high and he was able to really enjoy his birthday. I also managed to enjoy his birthday because I made sure I was planned and prepared. Part of that preparation meant hunting out a recipe from the WLR database which I knew had been tried and tested and which had all the information I needed to be able to properly track my calorie intake and nutrition profile.
The recipe was selected and passed onto a friend of mine who is a wonderful cake maker. She was more than happy to do the honours (knowing that my cake baking skills are not entirely impressive). The recipe was uncomplicated, the list of ingredients straightforward and for her it was a pleasure (for me it would have been not just a chore but a complete ordeal). The cake arrived on the morning of LH’s birthday, looked spectacular and tasted even better than it looked.
I allowed myself a generous slice. Not only because it was a light chocolate cake so I could eat a generous helping without piling on the pounds, but because I had made a conscious effort earlier in the week to avoid any of the four cakes brought in for a colleague’s birthday at the office. These too were home baked and by all accounts were delicious but they were made without consideration for calories and I suspected that even the smallest slice would be hard to document precisely in my daily food diary. There was an extraordinary amount of buttercream present too (which is a bit of a weakness of mine) which I knew would push the calorie count up even more.
If it hadn’t been LH’s birthday the same week I may well have had a small slice of “office cake” but knowing that I had a sweet treat to look forward to – and one which I could enjoy knowing that it was going to be delicious but not detrimental to my long term “waist-whittling” goal.
But the other thing I have learned from WLR is that whilst nothing is off limits, taking responsibility for what I choose to eat, the quantities I consume and keeping an eye on the nutritional value of what I eat, means that I can factor in celebrations and indulgences every now and then, without feeling like I’ve given in or somehow failed.
In the past I had been known to eat six cherry bakewells in one go. I would open the packet and promise myself “just one”... and almost always end up breaking that promise. Christmas selection boxes posed a similar problem. Once opened, I couldn’t have a single chocolate bar – I would always have at least two or three… and often just eat the entire contents in one day. I don’t have a naturally sweet tooth (pastry and cheese were my biggest “diet demons”) but when my brain told my body it craved something sweet, moderation was something of a problem.
In the past, I would just “banish” any form of temptation and resolve to steer clear... but the result was I would get angry and disgruntled. I would feel deprived and despondent and would invariably eat more of the “banned” food as a result.
In “the old days” LH would have been told no cake whatsoever would be allowed in the house – regardless of whether it was his birthday or not – because I couldn’t trust myself with it.
Now it is a completely different story. Biscuits, cakes, pies and pastries are not banished from Hudson HQ but they are not part of our weekly intake either. They are saved for special occasions.
They are treats that we look forward to and enjoy, and more often than not they a result of a hunt on the WLR database. In terms of “cookery”… I’m not bad at biscuits as they don’t need to rise - so they tend to still look like biscuits when I take them out oven (whereas my cakes look like Frisbees).
I can make a very tasty quiche and my homemade scones aren’t too terrible either. All of these are now staples in my repertoire. Many of them have been enjoyed by family and friends who have no idea that they are eating “lower fat/healthy option” recipes and I don’t feel like I’m missing out. There is something extremely satisfying about stepping on the scales and seeing the number has gone down even after “eating cake”…
(If you do find yourself with some spare time for a “bake off” and in the mood for a treat – check out the recipe database. I highly recommend it. The only difficulty you might encounter is deciding which recipe you want to make!)
Have a great weekend.
With a Hug