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Low Fat Digest Issue 18 - Soup With Pasta and Beans
October 01, 2006

Low Fat Digest Issue 18 - Soup With Pasta and Beans

The Low Fat Digest Friendly Healthy Eating Information

1st of October 2006

Issue #18

Table of Contents

1. Ramblings
2. Pasta and Bean Soup
3. Top 5 Reasons To Quit Your Diet

1. Ramblings

Time has flown so quickly, I didn't even realize that September is over!

Two weeks ago the famous Oktoberfest started here in Munich and we were busy with preparations, going out and had everything on our minds, except healthy low-fat food :-)

If you want to see some photos from Munich and the Oktoberfest, check out my new website

2. Pasta and Bean Soup

Makes 4 servings

  • 2/3 cup dried beans
  • 4 cups water to soak beans
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 ounce pancetta
  • 1 tablespoon instant beef bouillon granules
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup packaged dried small pasta
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil (optional)
  • Directions
    1. Rinse beans. In a large saucepan combine beans and 4 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.

    Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or, skip boiling the water and soak beans overnight in a covered pan.)

    2. Drain and rinse the soaked beans. In the same pan combine beans, the 5 cups fresh water, onion, carrot, celery, crumbled pancetta or bacon, bouillon granules, garlic, sage, marjoram, and pepper.

    Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender.* Slightly mash beans in saucepan.

    Stir in uncooked pasta. Increase heat and boil gently, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or just until pasta is tender. To serve, ladle into soup bowls. If desired, drizzle each serving with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

    Serve and Enjoy!

    Nutritional Information
    Sorry, no nutritional information today, this recipe was taken from the E-Cookbook Library

    3. Top 5 Reasons To Quit Your Diet

    Let’s get real here. There’s a reason why nobody likes to diet. Here are the top 5 reasons to quit your diet and lose weight anyway!

    #5) Food that Tastes Like Cardboard

    Sugar free chocolate, low carb ice cream, low fat cheese – YUCK. If you’ve ever tried any of this stuff, you’ll know how disappointing ‘diet’ food can be.

    I’d rather not eat at all if I have to live on this stuff. And what’s with those portion sizes that look gigantic on the box but are the size of your thumb when you get them home? If I have to eat food that tastes like wax, at least give me more than 3 mouthfuls.

    #4) Food that Costs You A Fortune

    It’s bad enough that diet food tastes like cardboard – or wet cardboard if you go for the ice cream – but now you have to pay double the price for it too.

    Let’s see, you could buy a 100 g Caramilk bar for $1.50 or splurge on a low carb 20 g chocolate bar for $3.00. The choice is obvious right?

    And let’s not even talk about those diet programs that make you BUY their food. Weight loss is a costly business these days. How in the world did our ancestors cope before Atkins?

    #3) Missing Out on the Kodak Moments

    It’s the very opposite of a Norman Rockwell picture but sadly, it happens in homes across North America every night. The portrait of a family sitting around the table, laughing, eating, talking – and there, off to the side, is the dieting one. (It could be the mother, the father or even a child or two).

    The dieting one sits with their miniscule diet dinner, head down, feeling deprived and pitiful, as everyone else feasts on steak, potatoes, corn on the cob, pizza or any other ‘normal’ food that has been banned by the dieting one’s program.

    Ah, these are the memories that last a lifetime.

    #2) More Guilt Than Your Mother Ever Dished Out

    “Are you allowed to have that many calories at one meal?”

    “Potatoes are SOOOO bad for you, you know, high carb”

    "You had EGGS with FRUIT? That's not properly combined!"

    “Didn’t you have one cookie already? You’re having TWO? Are you allowed to have two?”

    “What do you mean you’re having dessert? Aren’t you supposed to be on a diet?”

    Diets have unleashed more guilt, shame and food legalism on our society than a truckload of mothers ever could.

    So go call Mom – and give up your diet.

    #1) The Worst Success Rate In The History of Mankind

    Ninety-five to 98% of dieters will lose that weight and keep it off. To put it another way, that’s a 2% success rate. What kind of success rate is that?

    Or you could look at it another way: Diets have a 98% FAILURE rate.

    For something that's touted as the ONLY way to lose weight - I think that's the worst success rate in the history of mankind.

    Considering all of the above: The crappy food, the exhorbitant costs, the miserable social restrictions, and the phenomenal guilt - do you really think it’s worth it for something that boasts a 98% failure rate?

    No thanks. Life is too short.

    There are other ways to lose weight other than dieting. For many people their journey towards permanent weight loss begins with letting go of dieting for good. Find better ways to lose weight and get on with living your life to the fullest!


    Lose Weight Without Diets. Learn the Secrets of the Masters!

    Kathryn O’Neill is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Specialist & holds a degree in Behavioral Psychology. She has authored several e-books that teach people how to lose weight for good with diets.

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