Basil ChickenI am really trying to make an effort. It worked before, so it can again. Hounslow is like any town; awash with junk food outlets. It’s always easier to find and choose unhealthy options when it comes to eating, but really without too much trouble one can choose more wisely.

For example, I was downing my coffee in Starbucks (no sugar or cream, just skimmed milk), and I felt like munching on something. So easy to grab fried chicken, or something similar with fries. In fact, there’s MORE options with fries on the menu in the UK than I found in the US. Seriously.

For example, I could go to the take out lunch counter in Piggly WIggly and get, for example, meatloaf, green beans and mashed potatoes. I can’t readily find that in my local high street in the UK.

Anyway, instead of junk food, I ventured into Marks & Spencer. For less than the price of a fast food meal, I got a suprisingly tasty and filling basil chicken pasta salad.  360 calories, including the dressing,  which is about the same as a regular cheeseburger on its own, and come on, who eats just one small regular cheeseburger?

What do YOU think?