I watch too much television, so I susbcribed to HBO

Today I turned on HBO again. I did that in anticipation of the new season of True Blood. I didn’t watch the last season because I unsubscribed to HBO due to a price hike. Dumb, considering how much money I squander every day. Ironically, when I unsubscribed it was costing me $20 a month; the channel is costing me $5 for the first six month and then just $10 a month.

Anyway, I am once again an HBO subscriber. The result is that I am already watching more TV on the first day than I wanted to… and I am not surprised.

Did I mention that my nutritionist has already slapped my hand (not literally) because I am too inactive? My homework has been to decrease my recreational TV viewing and computer use to ne hour a day. One hour. That’s just not possible.

Who believes I am actually going to get up from this couch now?

***** Written on my ipad. I promise to proof and edit it later. ******

the salads I love are bad for me

"Salad" photo by NatalieMaynor, on Flickr

I am a salad snob.

Don’t feed me iceberg lettuce. Ditto for warm, wilted or brown lettuce. And please don’t serve me lettuce that still has ice on it.
I prefer spring mix, baby spinach, green leaf, or even kale (on occasion). It should be cool, crisp and just a little crunchy, and, most of all, have some flavor. I used to have a salad cookbook that described what flavors os salad toppings went best with what kinds of lettuce. I lost it in one of my many moves. However, I do blame this book for opening my eyes on the variety of tastes avaiable.

Mexican restaurants are judged on the quality of the rice and beans. If the entree is good but the rice and beans are dry, overcooked or flavorless… well, I’m less likely to return.
Mainstream restaurants are judged on the house salad they serve before the entree. And usually my thought is “really? I’m paying $30 for a meal and you’re serving me iceberge lettuce with carrot shavings?” If a restaurant has a bad opening salad, I’m less likely to return. The entree would have to make up for it. And I mean really make up for it.

I like salads with jicama chunks, feta cheese, sprouts, avocado, berries (of all kinds), nuts, dried fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, eggs, meats, tomatoes, artichokes, pasta, and breads (crispy noodles, crispy tortilla strips, cracker crumbles, or croutons). No, I don’t literally mean all of these in the same salad — though I’ve come close a time or two. I’m just giving an idea of the things I add in.

And don’t get me started on the dressings!


The reality is that my salads are not healthy. As I go through my nutrition class week after week, I know that I am going to have to make adjustments in my snobbish ways. Is nothing sacred?