A jumpseat friend left me her copy of the book French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. On it, she left a note of further explanation: "I know, I know, you're not fat. But I also know that you love good food and wine, and thought that this would explain how you can eat and drink it all and still look so damn thin!"
I took the book home with me and started reading it this morning. LOVE IT! It talks all about eliminating guilt and deprivation. Instead, you should enjoy and savor your food, getting the very most from those things that you love.
The author offers several tips, and one of them fits my situation spot on. She says to avoid airline food. Because it doesn't taste good. Duh! Whenever possible I try to either bring my own food to eat during the flight, or I have something right before leaving to hold me over till I arrive. Why waste the energy, let alone calories, on food that is barely edible when I can have something yummy and that I really enjoy instead!
I'm not very far into the book and have already copied down several recipes that I must try soon. A big thank you goes out to my friend for passing on the book -- it fits exactly with my lifestyle and my relationship with food and wine.