Shopping list of gadgets that will help you cook healthful food

Fitness Q & A

March 18, 2005|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

My wife has lost 15 pounds and feels great. She loves cooking, but recently put away her muffin pans, tubes for icing cakes and blender (she loves milkshakes and margaritas, but wants to cut them out of her diet). Any suggestions on healthy cooking contraptions I could buy her to encourage her to keep up her favorite hobby?

There's no reason why your wife can't enjoy cooking good-for-you foods just as much as she used to love cooking with Crisco.

First, retrieve the blender and wrap it up along with a copy of Judith Millidge's Handbook of Smoothies and Juicing. Next, hit the stores for the following items. Recommended in the March 2005 issue of Consumer Reports On Health, they will help keep nutritious cooking creative and fun:

Fat-separating measuring cup (goodbye grease).

Vegetable steamer (simplifies steaming).

Food scale (controls portion size).

Citrus reamer (to press juice).

Cedar grilling plank (adds flavor without sauce).

Mandoline (for quickly slicing fruits and veggies).

What are the best fundamental pieces of fitness advice you can offer?

These may not be the fanciest suggestions, but they are effective:

Set short-term and long-term goals.

Shower yourself with rewards when you achieve your goals.

When in doubt, ask an expert.

Personalize your diet and exercise.

Slipping up is OK. What matters is what you do next.

In a recent question about nutrition therapists, several readers noted that a nutrition therapist does not necessarily have a clinical background. Choosing a nutrition therapist who is also a registered dietitian will ensure that he or she is certified by the American Dietetic Association (www.eatright.org). Also, you should always feel comfortable talking to your doctor or registered dietitian about the emotional issues surrounding your eating habits.

Do you have a fitness question? You can submit questions via e-mail to fitness@baltsun.com, or online at baltimoresun.com/healthscience, or in writing to The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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