Looking through social media posts, I am so tempted by the
beautiful pictures of the delicious cakes, bread, pastries, and meals. Last
weekend, as we were all staying home, complying with social distancing
guidelines, I gave into temptation and for the first time, made “Cornish pasty”.
Even worse, I posted a short video of how we made it, on FB and IG. I must
admit, it was super delicious and worth all the time and effort my kids, my husband
and I put into preparing 8 pieces. Then
the guilt set in. Do you know how much butter I used in getting the pastry
dough ready? The calories, the cholesterol, Aughhh!!! I had disturbing visions
of all the calories going straight to my belly and hips. I felt guilty even
before we made such a high fat and high-calorie meal. While reading the recipe,
I announced that we must put in an extra 3 miles of brisk walk before we eat.
That didn’t happen, but we managed to walk 2 miles that night. How much did I
need to walk to burn off the calories I consumed?
When it comes to counting calories, most of us think that we
have burned more calories than what we have.
How many calories do we burn doing typical activities?
is another interesting chart on how much a typical person’s calorie
requirements are base on gender and age. Notice that as we get older we should
consume less calories. I am over 50 and in need of even fewer calories. I have
been moderately active for as long as I remember. But am I active enough to
offset my calorie intake? A traditional large pasty contains 800
calories. I burned 140 calories during my brisk 2-mile walk that night. That is
a surplus of 660 calories. So if I ate pretty healthy the rest of the day, I
may have come out ok. But how often do we eat calorie-dense, unhealthy foods,
drink liquid candy (juices, etc.), indulge in desserts and snacks and how much
do we exercise? It is a simple equation if we bother to plug in the numbers.
As you can see from the description below, Cornish pasty was usually consumed by mine workers and not by someone who has a sedentary lifestyle. In other words, they worked hard to earn that many calories! My physical activity, as a pharmacist, is nowhere close to a miner. Therefore, I should not eat the same foods, or else, I will gain a lot of weight. Here is an important lesson: it is easier to ignore the calorie content of the foods we eat at a restaurant than making meals from scratch. When we are forced to measure all the ingredients we use in preparing a meal, we are more likely to eat healthier. We tend to pay more attention to calorie content and may think twice about using certain ingredients.
A quote from one of my wise college professors: Lard and
butter look the same in your arteries as they do in a tub. And you definitely
don’t want your arteries to look like that. Here is to eating healthy and
Few meals have roots as
deep as the Cornish pasty, a hand-held meat-and-vegetable pie developed as a
lunch for workers in the ancient English tin mining region of Cornwall. With
its characteristic semicircular shape and an insulating crust that does
double-duty as a handle, the humble pasty—which, perhaps unfortunately, rhymes
with “nasty” rather than “tasty”—today receives special designation, along with
Champagne and Parma ham, as a protected regional food by the European Union.
I am a pharmacist specializing in women's health. With over 20 years of experience in the area of Bio-identical hormone therapy for men and women, I am an advocate for those who seek alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I am the formulator of the all natural vaginal moisturizer, FabuVag®
I have lived in Arizona since 1984 and love to be creative, read, play and cook.