Gerry Ross lives on Daniel Island.
For breakfast, I had two toasted slices of whole-wheat bread, each with a slice of Velveeta, and a cup of black coffee with one Sweet’n Low.
During the course of the day, I had two pieces of skim milk string cheese, with an apple.
Lunchtime, I had turkey, lettuce, tomato on whole-wheat bread, and another cup of coffee with one Sweet’n Low. Pretty specific, isn’t it? That’s what Leos do.
In the afternoon, I was a little hungry, so I had a 100-calorie bag of fat-free popcorn.
Dinner, I had a lovely salad, made by my wife of 52-and-one-half years, with balsamic vinegar. And I had microwaved Amy’s Pad Thai.
During the course of the evening, I had a slightly more-than-human portion of sugar-free Jell-O. Yesterday was lime. And I had about seven black tortilla chips.
I make the Jell-O. One of my biggest problems is there’s obviously a tremendous downturn in Jell-O because it’s not hard to find sugared Jell-O, but it’s very hard to find sugar-free Jell-O brand Jell-O. It’s not a lot of money: I mean $1.19 for a double-sized packet is not a big thing. But if you do four of them a week, and they should be 75 cents, then it’s an issue. I do a double package every three days. I have Jell-O every night.
I’m going to be 76 years old, and I’ve been eating Jell-O since I was 7. My mother used to put pineapples in it or bananas in it. I don’t bother with that. When I really, really want to be extravagant, I’ll get light Cool Whip.
— as told to Hanna Raskin