Tuesday, March 15, 2011


In the late 80's, a group of people began cooking meals for their friends and neighbors who were too sick to properly care for themselves. This act of love and kindness became the nucleus of Project Open Hand, surely one of the better legacies of the early AIDS epidemic. Today Open Hand Atlanta serves the entire community with this mission statement:

Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through comprehensive nutrition care, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life.

The immediate beneficiaries of this effort are people with critical, chronic and terminal illness; homebound senior citizens; low-income people with medical conditions such as diabetes and dependent children at risk for malnutrition in their formative years.

I spoke about the meal service I'm currently using to get my diet back on track. Good Measure Meals is a subsidiary of Open Hand and 100% of the net proceeds go back into the organisation. The actual cost to me (for the 1700 calorie plan) is about $22.50 per day. When I add up what I normally spend on groceries and eating out, this isn't too bad. If I add in the time saved by not having to shop, cook and clean, it's a bargain. And I like that any profit made goes to such a great cause.

The food is all locally prepared fresh, never frozen and delivered (or, as I do, picked up) twice weekly. The meals are designed and labeled to be eaten on schedule (Monday breakfast, Monday lunch, etc.) in order to be nutritionally balanced overall day-to-day and week-to-week. Not every meal is a home run, but that's to be expected. In fact it's just like when Mom used to cook. ("If you don't like it, tough!") It's by always satisfying every craving when I have it where I get into trouble, both from a nutrition and cost perspective.

My favorite part is the breakfasts. On my own I tend to be a horrible breakfast-skipper. I could go to bed starving, but in the morning to find I'm just not that hungry. And I'm usually running late. Yet I've never lost weight while skipping breakfast. I really believe that's key, not just to a successful diet plan but to proper nutrition.

This morning's breakfast was Greek quiche with feta, spinach and sundried tomatoes. There was also a citrus salad which I ate while my bread was toasting. Also while my bread was toasting, I remembered my toaster pic.

I was going to post this a couple of weeks ago but got pre-empted by StevieB's toaster-porn which, let's face it, is way more compelling. In fact, I'm still craving Pop-Tarts.


  1. Let's start a new site:

  2. "Toaster Porn: It's what's for Breakfast" could be the tagline for the new site.

  3. Note to self: Start shopping for a toaster with concave chrome surfaces. If not found, build one.

  4. http://guyswithtoasters.blogspot.com/

  5. Oh my. Not only are you a man of words, you're a man of action! You are the Toast Master!

  6. Awww... my toaster is not reflective... guess I will have to pose doing something "to" to toaster.

  7. For the love of god, Randy... please unplug it first!

  8. Hmm, a quiche for breakfast sounds better than my usual power bar... which I don't usually eat until I get to work. :-P