What you now have in your hands is the opportunity of a lifetime and it really is your lifetime (and those you love)!
The FPS lists have morphed their way from November 1985 until today and will doubtless continue to be refined by practical experience . . . including yours perhaps?
You will need about one hour to complete the list in order to get it right . . . and if you spend that hour . . . it will provide you with a magnificent return. You will have a kind of MRI of your food memory. It will remind you about what you like, what you can accept, what you don’t like and what you haven’t yet eaten.
From this list you will see at a glance all the foods you like and can accept . . . that’s your preference; it’s what you can eat often and enjoy.
Almost all of us enjoy certain foods as a treat and that’s part of the good life. Our problem lies when we increase the volume (amount) of the treat . . . so that it becomes (by its very size) a threat. Most of us really do know where our weakness for large treats lies . . .the doughnut, the large latte, the double scoop ice cream, that “splendid cheese,” the chocolate cake (and the second slice) a heaping of smothered pasta with a cheese sauce . . . O my . . . but the list can be long . . . I know, we’ve been there!
So . . . how to use the FPS to return to a treat!
- When you’ve finished the list (you can make copies for your family to complete or they could do it free on www.grahamkerr.com. Go through it marking clearly your possible THREATS and putting in the amount you usually consume i.e. double scoop ice cream, large French fries, 16 oz cola, 2 oz cheese, 4 oz chocolate, etc. etc.
- Now consider reducing your THREATS to TREAT size, i.e. single scoop, small fries, 8 oz cola, 1 oz cheese, 2 oz chocolate . . . and insert that amount alongside your present consumption.
- To fill the space left by the smaller amount consider what could take its place (if needed), go down your LIKE list and I know you’ll find something that you will enjoy . . . that will also enhance your health (and also the wellness of those you love.)
And now . . . how can the FPS help to change a recipe?
You may remember me in my earlier days as the Galloping Gourmet. My primary concern was from the neck up. In other words a recipe had to deliver a knock out blow to the senses. If the sensuality caused a threat to the rest of the body . . . well . . . that was someone else’s problem . . . not mine.
As a result the butter fat content (clarified butter) was usually ¼ cup (2 oz) for 4 people. Meat was averaged at 8 oz a head. Salt was as much as it took (who measures?!). My deserts overflowed with sugars, and cream, and seldom was a vegetable more than a garnish!
For an occasional gourmet . . . I suppose it might work out but for a day to day gourmet it would be off the charts!
So . . . when one reduces meat, fat, sugar, refined carbohydrates there must be a replacement that delivers an enjoyable level of taste, aroma, color and texture. This is why the FPS is split up into these four main sensory elements.
When you’ve identified a need to lessen an ingredient, please go over your FPS lists and find a replacement that appeals to your (or your loved ones) preferences.
It really will be according to your preferences (not mine) and who knows . . . you may take out a favorite of mine and insert one of yours and all of a sudden you’ve created something new. Its fun, it’s creative, its individual, it’s a healthy change . . . and it’s all yours.