In this health video you will learn the art of dim sum eating, which is eating with small bites.
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Robert Kowalski: My son lives in San Francisco, so I’ve been exposed many times to what’s called dim sum. Raena Morgan: I’ve done it, yes. Robert Kowalski: D-i-m-s-u-m. Dim Sum. Wonderful Chinese habit, they do this typically on Sunday for brunch’ where you sit down and they bring the little bitty plates. There’ll be perhaps just a little bite of this or that or the other thing. The cart comes along, and you’ll say “Yeah, I’d like that.” You get it, you eat it and the plates then pile up in different colors and the waitress at the end counts the plates—the white ones, the blue ones and here’s your bill. Now; you’re having little bits at a time. This is the beauty of Chinese eating. They eat frequently and little bits at a time. So, if by taking that dim sum approach, on a regular basis throughout the day, if you were to consume, let’s say, a hundred calories worth of a little of this a little of that, a little peanut butter on a stalk of celery, enough to give you a hundred calories, a piece of fruit, and you can even count that glass of wine with dinner as being a hundred—because about 90 calories for a glass of either red or white wine. There’s been research done and there’s actually a program at UCLA— University of California in Los Angeles. They take people in and they give them a packet of powder that they mix into water. It’s a hundred calories. They suggest that they take 8 or 9 of these throughout the day. You can mix it with a whole 8 ounces of water and drink it as sort of a shake or smoothie. But you can also do it with half the water and turn that into sort of a pudding. Well, this is very effective and people come from miles to participate in the UCLA program. Ultimately, they start replacing these little shakes with real food. So, they start saying have a few nuts worth a hundred calories, have this for a hundred calories, till you’re up to that 8 or 900 point and you’re still losing weight. Then, they get into a point where they’re starting to maintain the weight, and you get your caloric intake gradually raised. What you’re doing is making a permanent lifestyle change and that’s what really is necessary to reduce blood pressure by weight loss. Raena Morgan: Well, thank you very much, Bob.