Second Helpings May Be OK But Can Thirds Cause Mental Stress?

Sounds crazy but if extra calories stress your body why not your mind? Overload can lead to depression whether it be food or any of the other factors in life that wreck havoc on our well-being. Consult your doctor if you have depression, especially severe, but next time try avoiding eating that extra helping. If you’re full, walk away. If not, why not try having something else, something different? I suspect too much of one food might tax your mind.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Sugar? Brings Out the Ugly Twin?

I know they have a book out called “Sugar Blues” but how about “Sugar Bitch”? I’ll tell ya, I have to stay away from the stuff as it brings out a nasty twin sister that dwells inside. If you don’t believe me you can ask my husband. Good thing I am into health foods. It really surprises me what an impact a little bit of sugar has on me. It makes my temper flare, makes me grind my teeth makes me impatient and yes it can bring about the blues. It’s too bad because it does a nice job on a hot cup of tea on a cold winter’s afternoon but this kid … no can do. That twin, she is NOT fun to hang out with.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose.

The Problem With People is They’re Hungry All the Time, lol …

I can say proudly that I am the cook at my house. Years ago I took control from my husband and declared, “I’m the food manager”. That was my blunt way of informing him that I was going to control the show in the kitchen. He did not mind. Thirty years later he still doesn’t mind. The more I cook the more he loves it. He tells people what a great cook I am and enjoys most everything I make. The problem is, like the rest of us, he’s hungry all the time. I once saw a video that was taken at Thanksgiving. The mother of the videographer worked all day long in the kitchen which many people do on our favorite food holiday but when they fast-forwarded the video, we watched her in high speed, for a long time cooking, bending, baking, etc. When it came time for everyone to eat, the fast-forward video showed everyone scoot their seats up then scoot them back and leave the table. If you blinked you missed it. It was hilarious. Those of us who put our heart and soul into cooking can relate to the video and it’s a good thing there are lots of left overs at Thanksgiving. But I’ll tell you, I just wish we weren’t so prone to having to eat, all day long, everyday. Why, some of us even wake up in the middle of the night to eat. Whoa, what’s up with that? Ice cream? Think about it, we are eating machines.  And if I don’t  eat and eat well, I have no energy. Like I said, we are eating machines. We are just like a car. No gas no go.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose.

Protein, Protein, Protein … but not too much

As a vegetarian if I don’t receive enough protein I will eat and eat and eat … and eat! Until my body receives the protein it needs, I’m hungry! Yet I cringe when I read about cancer being caused by a “protein” that runs amok. Eating too much protein can cause its problems and finding adequate protein without turning to animal sources is sometimes frustrating. But mixing the right amino acids together, which can mean beans and rice is crucial to satisfying hunger.

It’s very tempting to simplify things and think that because one is obese they are well-fed. Protein is expensive and many who are struggling financially eat a lot of starches (macaroni and cheese boxes) to get by. Higher quality starches like whole grain brown rice and whole grain pastas and breads, though they are more expensive, are a better bargain in the long run because of the nutrition they provide.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

The Apple Diet – Pretty & Fresh

When I first got together with my husband he had us go on an “apple diet”. But it wasn’t entirely apples, he allowed us to eat a little raw cabbage as well.  It didn’t last very long, probably just a day and a half and after we were through we smelled like apples. It wasn’t too big a deal for me because I’d been enjoying apples from the trees I found out in the woods and eating quite a bit of them because they were so pretty and fresh, I was young and believed that if I ate something so pretty and fresh right off the tree, I couldn’t help but look that way too.  Now days, I still eat fresh apples but just one at a time, sometimes only three apples a week. But I noticed that when I’m craving something, anything, whether it feels like I need protein or sugar, that apple really hits the spot.


Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River available at Amazon.

What’s This High School Skinny?

I’m not so sure we’re supposed to be high school skinny. After all, take a look at the life of a tree. Don’t they get bigger as the years go by? If they are given room to grow, they spread out and become beautiful. Yes, studies say that thinner people live longer and there is no question that too much body fat causes problems, many of them fatal. So I strongly encourage myself to do my best to keep the fat down but I don’t expect to be high school skinny nor do I expect that of anyone else except those in high school and only if skinny is their body type. I will say that I wish I knew then what I do now in regards to calories and the way our bodies burn them. The metaphor of a wood stove helps me to understand the calorie burn. The bigger the logs the bigger the fire to burn them. No fire no burn. High school skinny? Not me. Comfortable with the body I have? Absolutely.


Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Non-fat Doesn’t Mean Non-Tasty

For some of us the day comes when we need to cut calories and fat. It can be very depressing to suddenly stop our former way of eating. It’s like a death. But a good diet brings life and a higher quality one at that. Use juicy foods like fresh tomatoes and steamed onions to flavor pasta or rice and if your diet allows salt, a bit of soy sauce helps as well. Some diets allow a tiny bit of maple syrup, which can also be used to flavor. When you have a salad with a little vinegar on it and put it on the same plate as your entree, the vinegar will mingle with the soy, onions, tomatoes and spices. If you’re new at this, you’ll get the hang of it. Good luck, good health.


Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Just Think of the Calories You’ll Save by Omitting Butter

My father used to say, “You want bread on that butter?” because my sister and I gobbled so much of the creamy, yellow fat onto our crusty French bread. I have been omitting it for years and now find the taste of butter foreign. Substitute olive oil, it makes nice garlic bread, people have been doing this for years. It takes time and patience to change a diet but you can do it. You’ll get used to no butter and you’ll omit many calories of which all are fat.


Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Save Calories By Cooking Without Oil

The key to cooking without oil is to use a cast iron skillet, no-stick spray and low heat. Follow the directions carefully on the no-stick spray then put your garlic, onions and sliced mushrooms in the sprayed cast iron skillet. Cover but leave a crack so the steam can escape. After three or four minutes at low heat, crack your eggs and add the whites then cover again leaving a crack for steam to escape and cook until the whites are done. With toasted bagels and a salad with juicy tomatoes, this is a tasty omelet-like dish.


Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

It’s Hard To Stay On A Diet But That 15-Minute Rule

Really works. If you wait 15 minutes and you are still hungry then maybe you need more to eat but I’ve found that second helping I was dying for 15 minutes ago is unappealing because I’ve allowed that time to let my digestive system work on the food I already ate and give me the full feeling so desperately needed while dieting. It doesn’t always work, sometimes you are just famished and nothing will stop you but if you can, have one helping then wait fifteen minutes or more before you have another helping.


Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.