Listen To Your Body


Eat what you want, when you are truly hungry. Stop when you’re full.
And eat exactly what appeals to you. Do this instead of any diet, and
you’re likely to maintain a healthy weight and avoid eating disorders.


When I was doing research for the Body Image series last week I visited the National Eating Disorders Association (NEAD) website. I had never been there before. What a treasure trove of great factual information on nutrition and sensible eating and body image.

I love the quote above from the NEAD website. However, I was afraid if I used it in the series it would get lost in all of the other verbiage. So I decided to do an entire post of just this quote.

No where will you find a better statement on how to eat and what to eat in order to be healthy.

It’s so simple to eat well and to eat healthy.

You can read the entire short, one-page article this quote came from at Listen To Your Body by simply clicking the link to the left. This article gives you concrete steps on how to achieve what the quote above advocates.

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Featured Recipe        Melon Salad with Orange and Lime Juice Dressing

Today’s recipe is simply beautifuland as delicious as it is beautiful. It is a perfect salad for hot summer days. Cold right out of the fridge it can cool you down on a hot day too.

 Therefore, it is also perfect for the unofficial opening of summer, Memorial Day.

It is great at picnics and cookouts. It is as perfect with hot dogs or hamburgers as well as grilled ribs or chicken.

It is so pretty too with its sherbet colored melon hues.

Another version of the recipe can be used as a salad or as breakfast. [See Variations 1 & 2 below.)

This is an all round WONDER RECIPE!!!!

Gee. All this and all I was looking for was a way to use up the orange I zested in Monday’s recipe!!!
This is what you will need for 4 people.

1 small seedless watermelon

1 small canteloupe

1 honeydew melon

1 orange

½  lime

Pinch of salt

Pinch of sugar


1-2 red onion slices




Sherbet of your choice

NOTE ON INGREDIENTS: I have no hard and fast amounts for the ingredients. This is an on the fly kind of recipe. Do what Rachel Ray always says, and eyeball it. I used about half of each melon. One large navel orange has more than enough juice. I used the juice of one-half the lime. Use each ingredient to personal preference and taste.


You will need a melon baller too. However, you can just cut the melons into medium sized squares or chunks. I just think the melon balls look so much prettier.

Here is what you do:

Juice the orange.  

Pour the orange juice into a small bowl. Add a tablespoon or so of lime juice to the orange juice. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar.  Whisk until salt and sugar are dissolved. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Set aside.

Cut the melons in half and remove the seeds.

Using a melon baller make as many balls  as you need from each of the melons and place in a bowl.

 If using the red onion slice 1-2 very, very, very thin slices. Slice in half and seperate. You can see how good my knife skills are here.

Throw the sliced onions into the bowl too.

NOTE: If not eating the salad right away cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in fridge. Do not pour the dressing on the melons until serving time. The melon balls will get soggy if you do.

Just before serving pour the juice dressing over the melon balls.

Serve and enjoy.

VARIATION 1 ~~~ Breakfast

Place melon balls in a bowl or on a plate with or without the orange juice. Smash some pistachios and sprinkle on top. This makes a darn good quick and easy breakfast along with some cheese and crackers or a scrambled egg.

VARIATION 2 ~~~ Dessert

Place a scoop of sherbet on a plate. Add some melon balls. Pour juice over all. Top with some lime zest.

Bon appétit!!!


NOTE ON COSTS: Even though I did not use ALL of any of the melons I used the full costof each melon in the cost analysis. I also had a $2.00 off coupon for the fruit plus a $3.00 off coupon on the entire order. So I saved on this salad.

Chances are very good you will have melon left to eat and nibble off of after you make the salad.

1 small watermelon      $3.49

1 small cantaloupe       $2.07

1 honeydew melon       $3.49

1 orange                     $0.00*

 ½ lime                      $0.25

Pinch of salt                $0.00

Pinch of sugar             $0.01

*Remember? It is left over from Monday’s recipe where I used only the zest of this orange. The cost has already been accounted for.

Total cost = $9.31
Cost per person = $2.33

Quote of the Day

If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony.

Fernand Point


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1 comment to Listen To Your Body

  • I love this salad!! I could eat this every day of the week I’m sure.

    About the diet. Food issues are so complex that I’m not sure that it’s possible to simplify it like they’ve tried to. If people only ate because they were hungry, yeah, common sense would intervene. Consciously people know they shouldn’t overeat. It’s not a surprise to them why they’re fat. Not putting the fork down or not standing at the fridge poking a spoon in the ice cream tub isn’t about hunger.

    I have never met a fat person who said, ‘I just love being fat.” Some say fat people are slobs with no self discipline and I don’t think it’s that. I’ve seen some fat people with a lot of self discipline everywhere but where food is concerned.

    I wish for healthy bodys’ sake that scientists and researchers could figure it out.