Izzy Eats: The art of raising a gourmand, one bite at a time

Stirring tales of eating, cooking and foraging in my never-ending quest to provide, great-tasting (local and organic whenever possible) EATS for me and my boy(s).

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Skinny Eater: Spending The Day With A Size Zero

Not that I am immense by any means but like many of us, I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds. I used to be the sort who could eat enormous amounts of anything and not gain an ounce. Sadly those days are over so now I marvel at the way some of us (my husband being one) manage to stay astonishingly slim while still eating.

I recently spent the day with my friend H., who is quite slender and petite. I was curious to see what she consumed. In a nutshell, not much.

We met up late morning so supposedly H. had already had breakfast. Maybe it was an egg and toast, whatever it was, wasn't very big. The rest of the day went as follows:

Elevenses: 1 chocolate-chip orange scone (only because I brought them)
Lunch @1:00 p.m.: 1 mini sandwich with tomato/basil/ mozzarella (which I had brought along)
Late afternoon snack: 1 cherry (I had a bag. She said, "I'll take one." Who eats only 1 cherry???)

Meanwhile I had yogurt and fruit for breakfast, 2 scones, 2 sandwiches and at least a fistful of cherries and probably some other nibbles that I can't even recall. No wonder I am not a size zero.

If there is a secret to being a size zero, it is a simple one. Eat miniscule amounts. If only it were that easy for me!

p.s. I just dined with H. again this evening and once again, was amazed at how little she manages to eat. What I need to know is if it is simply willpower or lack of appetite. If only I could manage on that amount!


Stacy said...

Yes it is true, most skinny people that have a 'high metabolism', actually either have a lot of willpower to not eat, or just are not that hungry. All skinny people who I have known in-depth (i.e.. Not a meal once a year where they eat normally) Don't eat much, most of the time.

Anonymous said...

Okay, "H" here. First of all, I'm not that skinny. I'm barely 5'1'' and about 108 lbs. That's about where I should be. I eat breakfast every day, which is usually a hearty bowl of different kinds of flaxy, wheaty, whole grain cereal with soy milk. So I did eat breakfast before the outing. I also believe I ate not one, but two mini-sandwiches b/c my daughter rejected one (that's usually how I get my sustenance--a mother's duty), and honestly I don't really like cherries that much, AND I was driving, so it wasn't very convenient to pit and stem the cherry. Had it been seedless grapes, now that's another story. It is true that I don't have a huge appetite, but I'm just not that big of a person. I'm mostly a grazer and I do watch what I eat. Believe me, I ain't got no great willpower, and I've never had an eating disorder. Harumph.

Izzy's Mama said...

H.: I hope that you know I in no way meant to offend, simply examine. I also didn't mean to suggest eating disorder, for if I thought you had one, I would not have written about you. I only wish I had the same small appetite that you do and the easy disdain for food. I used to weigh 108 myself...those days are just faint memories.

Anonymous said...

I'm not offended. Just wanted to set the record straight. I don't really have an "easy disdain" for food. I love food. You should see me with a bag of m&m's (if you wanna call that food). And keep observing--there will be winter blubber.