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Is Skipping Meals Good For You? Results May Vary.

I LOVE to eat. Cajun food, in particular, but basically, if it’s high in carbs and/or protein, I love stuffing it into my face-hole.

Moderation’s never been my strong-suit. But, now there’s new research to indicate a link between eating too much at dinner & taking in more calories during the day with having a poorer overall diet. This latest info states that it’s best to eat your bigger meals earlier on in the day, before keeping it as light as possible at dinnertime.

For me personally, though, I do the exact opposite. Since 2012, the year I lost 100+ lbs., I’ve done two things:

  • Exercise (cardio + some weightlifting)
  • Eat only 1 meal per day (usually just dinner).

Breakfast, even a light one, has ALWAYS made me feel sluggish. Lunch, too, makes me hit an energy-zapping midday wall, with no opportunity to nap it off. The daily work schedule can also make it difficult to exercise regularly, though that’s manageable by making time & taking the opportunity wherever & whenever works for your individual schedule. You HAVE to make time, though…nothing good & lasting comes without some sort of sacrifice. But, following those 2 guidelines, I went from a fluffy funny fella to a lean, mean, Radio-guy machine. That’s what worked for me.

The bottom line, though, is this: what works for me might not work for you (or anyone else). Everybody’s different, and deserves to do & get what’s best for him or her. The key? Trying something, anything, until you find what works for you. As all those ad disclaimers repeatedly say, “Individual results may vary”. Try eating only breakfast throughout the week. Then, try eating just lunch for a week. Maybe even try what I did, just to see what works best for you. See if you can manage to conquer the whole “moderation” thing, which still eludes me to this day. Carve out some time in your day to walk around your neighborhood, or around your office. If you can, and are physically cleared by your doctor to do so, give the old weightlifting a go. Do something, anything, regularly. And start doing it soon, because you’ve only got this one life to live & make as great as possible, for as long as possible. Strangely enough, the better you are to yourself, the more time you tend to have to be better to yourself. Funny how that works, huh?

Whichever mealtime you choose to keep, though, try to include some Cajun food. It probably won’t help you lose weight, but it sure will make you feel better while you’re eating. Trust me.

Mmmm…red beans & rice with sausage. How long ’til dinner time?

— Andy

What’s For Dinner? Check out these great local deals!

Even though we can’t eat out in restaurants right now we can support local restaurants by ordering take out.  Check out these local deals!

***Remember the City of Frederick has established curbside pickup parking zones.  You do not need to pay the meter to park for 10 min to receive carryout orders!***

Brewer’s Alley- $13 Bangers & Mash, $15 Corned Beef & Cabbage

Bushwallers- Free St. Patricks Day Swag with To-Go Orders all day (March 17)

Manalu- 10% off total check and free salad with dinner

Pistarro’s-  Dinner Deal- $18 2 House Salads, 1 Pepperoni Pizza, 1 Cheese Pizza, 4 Chocolate Chip Cookies, 1 2L Pepsi

Thurmont Kountry Kitchen- $9.99 Corn Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots, $13.99 8 pc broasted chicken with 2 pint sides

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Andy Webb, a 25-year Radio entertainer & content creator, is the new Program Director for 99.9 WFRE & host of “The Free Country Free Ride” weekday afternoons from 3pm-7pm.

From his very first job in 1995, in his hometown of Meridian, MS, Radio has been the only occupation Andy’s ever known; from the age of reel-to-reel tape to today’s digital audio, he worked his way up through late-night air shifts all the way up to morning drive. Always an eager student of Radio, Andy has used every opportunity to hone his skills and personality into an affable mixture of humor and gravitas listeners can instantly identify with & latch onto. He’s been featured across many formats, including Country, Classic Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hot AC, Southern Gospel, and even Urban AC; and, as a testament to his talents and commitment to fun-yet-informative radio, Andy was awarded the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters“Radio Personality of the Year” award four out of five years between 2006 and 2011.

While having attended The University of Southern Mississippi on an Opera Performance scholarship, Andy always followed the path Radio set before him, which has taken him from Meridian to Hattiesburg, MS, to Charleston, SC, and now Frederick, MD. Andy enjoys spending time with his wife, Emma (a fellow Broadcaster), and daughter, Isabel, while also spending his infrequent free time golfing, wood-working, an motorcycle riding.

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