Dieting, Margaret-style

Today I’m going to make you feel better about yourself, especially if you’re depressed. I can just hear you saying “You don’t understand. I can’t do anything!” Sometimes you’re absolutely right. That’s the time you need a family member or a friend to make decisions for you and get you going.

I’m going to tell you one thing that works. I know it works because I worked at it for 42 years. That’s right. Get a new hairdo, a cut, a new style, maybe new makeup or at least a new tube of lipstick!

This was my philosophy: If you look better, you’ll feel better. If you feel better, you’ll act better. If you act better, people will react better towards you and that will make you feel better, too! See what you did? You started a chain reaction that touched a lot of people.

People have different degrees of depression and different reasons for being depressed. One of those reasons could be that you feel fat and ugly. You could be a little fat or you could be very overweight. Here are some principles that are true. I just learned recently that if you eat most of your food before 3 p.m. each day, you will lose weight. I have lost 22 pounds on my own diet.

For breakfast I have four or five fruits. I have four big strawberries, four blackberries, eight blueberries, one piece of cantaloupe, one slice of pineapple or eight grapes, either green or red. Then I have a tablespoon full of crunchy peanut butter and a taste of jam. This is my peanut butter and jelly sandwich without any bread. Notice that I had no bread for breakfast. For lunch I’ll have fried potatoes, one egg, a helping of beans and lettuce and tomato. Still no bread, no desserts, but a glass or cup of beverage. By the way, I learned that my 1 percent milk was still good two weeks after the expiration date. I came to the conclusion that if the milk is 99 percent water, what is there to spoil?

For supper I have a dish of spaghetti or a bowl of soup with rice. Don’t eat between meals and don’t eat after 7 p.m.

Some days I will have one slice of bread with lunch meat, or at the most a sandwich. Now that diet is only good if you use it constantly. Maybe you and a friend can diet together.

Margaret Valone is a Fredonia resident. Send comments on this column to lifestyles@observertoday.com