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HEAD OVER MEALS: HOW LOVE MAKES YOU FAT from yourtango.com
Moving in together may take your relationship to the next level, but it can also bump up that number on the scale. Theresa, 26, was svelte when she and her boyfriend, Rosario, put their names on the same mailbox, but things soon changed.
“I ate whenever he did, even if I was stuffed,” she says. Theresa ignored her expanding waistline until she saw a shocking photo. “It looked like I had three stomachs!” she exclaims. And she was equally stunned when, eight months after moving in together, she had gained 40 pounds.
Theresa’s not the only one to fall victim to “love lard” (the weight gain that often accompanies falling head over heels). Last April, researchers at Newcastle University looked at studies that examined the eating habits of over 12,000 cohabitating or married couples in Europe, North America, and Australia. In a trend called “dietary convergence,” they found that after a twosome begins to cohabitate, women start consuming more junk, while men’s diets tend to improve.
But why do we pork out when we pair up? “Your guy has food that you’d never bring in your house,” says dietitian Lisa Young, PhD, author of The Portion Teller Plan. “But half the battle is recognizing that this could be a problem and being proactive about it.”
So with that in mind, and to toast the newly married couple Mr. and Mrs. David Jesky Jr., here’s a nice fattening pancake breakfast!
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup milk, warmed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
- Confectioners’ sugar
- Serving suggestion: Maple syrup or fruit
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter. Whisk in the flour to make a smooth batter. Set aside.
Heat a well-seasoned 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and brush the inside with the shortening. Pour in the batter and bake for 15 minutes.
Lower the oven to 350 degrees F. and continue baking until puffed and golden brown, about 13 to 15 minutes more. Run a knife around the edge of the skillet. Sift the confectioners’ sugar over the pancake.
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