Food Preference Sheet and favorites, a very personal selection from which to greatly enhance your enjoyment of all the foods you love now and a few more that you can grow on in the future.
The plants listed in the left column are discussed in detail on the page number given in column 2 in the book “Growing at the Speed of Life.” An additional blank page has been included for you to add fruits and vegetables that have not been covered, yet. In column 3 you can add your favorite variety if you know it, etc.
Columns 4-7 show how much you like (or dislike) each plant.
Acceptable means you’ll eat it if its served to you.
Don’t Like It shows that, at one time you had say, Brussels sprouts and they were dry, sulpherous and sour, you hated them! It could have been how they were harvested and cooked; so keep an open mind ok?
Don’t Know Yet, means that it’s a potential adventure, try a small amount, you may love it. Keep a list and get one or two next time you shop. My recipes may help.
You can do this privately or as a family. Give each family member a different colored crayon and then help each other make real marks against each plant. When all of you like one plant then that is added to other family wide preferences and becomes a ‘signature’ collection of foods that you can all enjoy daily and at special feast days.
This spreadsheet let’s you see what portions look like in their potential to both delight (TREAT) or do harm to you and those you love (THREAT.) It’s all about size and how often you consume it.
- In column 2: The food or beverage is listed.
- In column 3: There are several different portion sizes listed with usual weights. This helps you to make an immediate comparison under calories, saturated fats, carbs and sodium (columns 4-7).
- In column 8: You (very honestly, please) show which size is your usual portion.
- In column 9: You put in a portion size that you think would be reasonable/moderate (RM) for you and your special needs.
- In column 10: You take 8 or 9 and list this difference in calories. If you wish you can add savings in saturated fats, carbs or sodium as well or independently.
- In column 11: You then multiply the savings by each time you serve/eat the food each week and multiply by 52 to get an annual potential savings. For a calories total divide by 3,500 and you’ll see the number of weight pounds you could save.
- In column 12: Estimate your savings in food cost. Use your supermarket receipts to do this, then add it up. This could be your annual budget savings. For the Double Benefit (go to www.grahamkerr.com). Divide by 2, reinvest 50% in your life and give the other half where compassion leads you.
How Threats Become Treats
Now comes the really great part of this whole process. You have at your disposal a list of favorite foods that you love, but that, at a certain portion size, don’t love you back! So, lets say that you reduce your bacon to two strips from a customary four. This is where you add a preference listed food like a beefsteak tomato, plain broiled until it begins to caramelize on top, quite delicious! You reduce a potential risk from saturated fat and sodium and nitrates with a great source of lycopene that is low in calories and has fabulous taste. BINGO, that’s an upgrade.
Another example. Your steak size could drop by a few ounces and you add some vegetables you like to fill the plate. Treena and I once saved $20.00 a week doing just that, using $10.00 to support two children who may never have made it without our help.
Please use these lists to reduce your risk, enhance your pleasure and share your benefit with others. Really its an American ethic to do just that!