We all have bad food days. Most weeks, my wife and I eat very well during the week and tend to let loose on the weekends. It feels good to have that balance. Up until 2010, I ate whatever I wanted, all the time, and it showed in my stature. It’s not like I was eating fast food all the time, I was just unaware of salads as a meal, and I consumed lots of bread, olive oil, cheese, meat etc. All in large quantities. Now that we are in control of our diets, I know that having a day off from salads is no big deal…I know exactly what I need to do the next day. It feels stress free eating out and seems simple to me now, staying healthy. Granted, eating a 3 pieces (or more) of Tartufo Bianco pizza at Apizza Scholls makes me feel like crap, but I love how it tastes, so I indulge. Especially after 5 days of salad and conscious eating, a nice seafood feast (last weekend we had crab, salmon, oysters, bread, and salad all in one meal…living like kings!) and a few beers on saturday night is just what I want. It feels balanced this way. It makes the struggle worthwhile. Eating right IS a struggle (food is too important to me to not indulge every so often), it is very difficult and takes constant focus (unfortunately). Sometimes we need to loosen up, grab a burger and enjoy ourselves.
You know what to do the next day.
The day after indulging, get back on the salads, eat as much as you want of anything green. You will feel lighter, more energetic. Prepare your belly for the next treat, next weekend, or on thursday night when you go to grandma’s. It makes it all worthwhile and we can actually eat without feeling the guilt. That is the key!!!!
Here are some quotes:
Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers
Food is an important part of a balanced diet. ~Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, “Food for Thought and Vice Versa”
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? ~Lin Yutang
Nobody seems more obsessed by diet than our anti-materialistic, otherworldly, New Age spiritual types. But if the material world is merely illusion, an honest guru should be as content with Budweiser and bratwurst as with raw carrot juice, tofu and seaweed slime. ~Edward Abbey
And this is for the salad eaters out there…..I was amazed at how much this is true:
The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor. ~Chinese Proverb