I’ve watched every episode of the Dr. Oz show (ABC) since the first of the year. It’s quite entertaining, highly educational, and it’s just the right amount of time for me to exercise on my stationary bike while it’s on.

I’ve noticed some repetition to what the good doctor says. Seems like once or twice a week he mentions walnuts as a good source of omega-3s and recommends it as a heart healthy, brain functioning boost and hunger-delaying snack. He calls it his “magic food” and says he eats some every day. Too bad he doesn’t also mention that six walnut “halves” are hardly worth the effort of getting the bag out of the freezer.

A month ago I bought a large bag of walnuts, another bag of prunes (only now they call them plums, I suppose as a marketing ploy), and a final bag of pitted dates. I prepared a couple dozen 200 calorie “healthy snack packs” and put them in the freezer.

The theory was for one bag each afternoon, midway between lunch and dinner. That was the theory. Suffice to say I wasn’t able to eat just one each day, and my menu plan suffered for it. Oh, I stayed the course with the calorie count, but my food day looked something like: yogurt, salad, four nutty snack packs, one measly Lean Cuisine.

So the nuts had to go. I’ll revert to getting my omega-3s by taking a fish oil supplement. That’s something I’m absolutely certain I won’t be tempted to splurge on!