BetterBaking.com Pastry Chefâ€™s Diet or The Krispie Kreme Diet or the If You Bake Cakes for a Living, How Come Youâ€™re So Slim Diet?
Host, Editor, Master Baker and Pastry Chef
"If you are a pastry chef, how come you're so slim?" is a phrase that is music to my ears and one that helps keep me slim for I am always aware of the drawbacks of my profession. You know that old Playboy cartoon where in the hugest stripper in the tiniest g-string in the world jumps out of a cake at a bachelor party? Gazing in shock, the caption reads (one bachelor turns to the other), "Omigod, she's been nibbling on the cake from the inside!" Well, that was my greatest fear, that I would become, and did indeed venture near being, a walking poster child for my own profession.
Like restaurant reviewers, you want to talk about food and earn you living from your passion for it, but not being a physical incarnation of all the calories you couldn't avoid. It is so stereo-typical besides (check out the famed Norman Rockwell portrait of a chef, sitting on a stool, surrounding by goodies, reading a book called Diet).
I am slim now and have been so for years but I am outing myself. Behind my writing, hidden in the cyber test kitchen of my website and print cookbooks and features I do, I have been a bigger girl and broader chef. Even now, I confess - once in awhile I have to work off some extra calories â€“ post pregnancy, post pastry testing, out of whack thyroid, and justâ€¦..life! It is a battle I never want to admit or own but in service to myself and all of us goddesses out there, it is time to share diet and girlie-girlie talk, chef style. I call this my Calorie Confidential....as it were.
I am not naturally slim; I am built along the lines of Bernadette Peters (i.e.an hourglass, petite, feminine figure). If I but gaine 5 extra pounds, I morph from Bernadette Peters into, wait for it - Ethel Merman. Bless Ethel but the only part I envy is the voice. Those very few extra pounds can go from womanly petite to rotund and with 30 extra pounds, as has happened on three separate eras in my life, it is, as they say, a problem.
Like anyone else, I have tried and failed most diets or rather, they have failed me. So, a few years ago, while contemplating losing 30 pounds or so or else accepting myself as a BBW (Big Beautiful Woman) I created my own diet. I realized, for whatever reasons, diets were not working. My GP and endrocrinologist were confounded and doubtful I was even trying to watch my intake. I suffered the indignity of not only their professional mistrust but the oft used chiding remark, "It must be you are eating all those cookies you test'. Right. Very helpful indeed.
So a few years ago, I decided to treat myself objectively; more as a science experiement, void of raproach and admonishments but more as an objective observer of what would work and what didn't.
This is what I discovered.......
The entire feature The Pastry Chef's or Krispie Kreme Diet is now in the manuscript of Love, Bread and Tango, an upcoming novel by Marcy Goldman. We will keep you posted.
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