One of my favorite ‘driving home from work’ snacks is a nice crisp apple and a low-fat string cheese. I am not much of a cheese eater. I like it melted on anything, but not so much by itself. But in my continuing search for nutritious foods that are not messy and are easy to eat while driving, I decided to try string cheese. And I really liked it. Then I thought, oh, fruit and string cheese, that sounds so European and elegant, maybe there’s something to it. And surprisingly, I loved it. I finally got why people liked this combination… But always, my WHOLE life, I couldn’t stand apple peels. Like fingernails on a blackboard. No matter how many times people said, but that’s the best part for you. I always peeled my apples. If I had to eat them without peeling, I would take a bite, bite off the peel, and dispose of it. So one day, I don’t know what happened, maybe I thought to myself, well, French people eat apple peels…(I don’t really have an affinity for French people, but I am a fan of the book French Women Don’t Get Fat,) but whatever. I made myself eat an apple WITH the peels while eating my string cheese. And I liked it. No more fingernails on the blackboard.
So now, when I have one of my favorite drive home snacks of a whole apple and string cheese, it makes me happy. It is a symbol of how very differently I have learned to eat over the past 3 3/4 years in my ongoing effort to lose weight and to eat healthily.
Here is a picture of Lainie, my miniature wirehaired dachshund, named after Elaine Bennis on Seinfeld. She was little and feisty when I got her, just like Elaine. I thought that name suited her better than the name she came with, ‘Princess Alexandria,’ which she didn’t know anyways because she was a backyard breeder dog that had been ignored for the first two years of her life. Now she is almost 13 years old and is the reigning queen of this house.