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Color affects the taste of your food

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We now have an explanation for why green ketchup failed.  Apparently, the color of your food actually has an effect on your perception of the taste of that food.  Or drink, which is how Coke discovered that people thought Coke in white cans tasted different than the Coke in regular red ones.  Crazy, right?  If they blindfolded you, you couldn’t tell the difference, but just looking at something that’s not what you expect changes how you think it should taste.  It’s all mind over matter people, it really is.

I suppose that’s why people want to hide vegetables in other food for their kids, so they don’t notice and turn their noses up at them. Would you participate in this experiment? I dare you to try it at your house one day. Actually, that would be a pretty neat science project for a 7th grader.  Color the same food in different ways and ask people if they can taste the difference. Boom! Now you have an idea for your science fair (as long as it’s not tomorrow, in which case, bring your cup of dirt).

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On the importance of granola bars

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Or any other food that travels well.  You see, sometimes you have to go places where you don’t if you’ll be able to eat what they have.  As my mother always says, “If you’re going to someone’s house, eat at home first.”  Frankly, you never know.  Sure, your close friends probably know not to serve you deep fried Twinkies, but your spouse’s coworker’s family that kindly invited you to their summer BBQ probably does not. Moreover, it’s very rude to show up to someone’s party, exclaim you can’t possibly eat anything, and sit in a corner fuming that everyone else gets to chow down.

So, bring a granola bar. Or eat at home. That way, if you go to someone’s house, you’re not so hungry that you eat everything in sight and then have a stomachache, but you can almost always find a little something to eat to be polite, even if it’s just grazing on salad (before it’s smothered in Ranch dressing).

You will now eat ALL THE TIME

Remember how it used to be “three square meals a day”?  That’s nice, but it ain’t gonna cut it. You, oh gallbladder-less one, have now joined the ranks of the grazers.  You will eat several, 5 or 6, mini-meals throughout the day, so that the bile your liver produces gets used up and doesn’t cause you agita (agita caused by your job, mother-in-law, or people who don’t walk fast enough when you’re running late is a different story).

Sample day menu:

Breakfast, 7am – cup of coffee, low-fat whole-wheat waffles with chocolate cheese spread (yes, chocolate in the morning)

Breakfast 2, 11am – 1% fat honey-flavored Greek yogurt, cup of tea

Lunch, 12.30pm – iced tea, grilled chicken salad dressed with bit of salt and olive oil (no vinegar!)

Snack, 3pm – granola bar or string cheese, cup of coffee

Dinner, 6pm – baked tilapia filet, mashed potatoes, salad, followed by cup of tea and 1 piece of dark chocolate

Snack again, 9pm – fruit of choice (apple, watermelon, cherries, etc.)

Extra fun bonus — your coworkers will start bitching, “How do you eat all the time and never gain weight?”  Unless truly pushed, try to resist responding with, “Well, I don’t eat Oreos and Cheetos swilled down by Coca-Cola, do I?”