So often, I see people get aggravated about a "bad food choice" they made. I was brewing on this the other day. I just don't know that any foods are inherently "bad". Seriously. I will tell you what is "bad". When you like that food so much that you just keep eating and eating and eating it. So the reality is, it isn't the food that is necessarily bad, it is the quantity of the food. I mean the reality is, if you eat one ounce of a candy bar, you have not eaten enough of it to have made a dent in your diet for the day. Now, on the flip side, you eat the whole candy bar, decide it was so good that a second one is in order, well that is "bad". You have loaded up on empty calories, skyrocketed your blood sugar, and that, my friend, is bad stuff. I tell you what used to fascinate me. My friend Carrie, the attorney I used to work with at my old firm, did this thing that just dumbfounded me. She could eat half a fiber bar, fold the wrapper over, and save the rest for later. I was never able to get that. How do you not eat the whole thing at once. When I was taking my shower today, that memory dawned on me. I decided I wanted to try that today. I love to push myself and to think of good habits for me to get into. I am now going to start working on realizing just cause you opened the fiber bar, it don't mean you have to finish it. Just because there is a little extra green beans left, don't mean you have to eat them. I think that this goes back to the days when I was growing up, you had to clean your plate. all of it. No left overs on the plate. I am deprogramming I guess. I have worked on lowering my portions in general, so I guess this was the logical first step.
While on my soapbox, I want to ask this? Why is it that fast food and restaurant chains, when they come up with a new dish, it has to be "more and bigger" than their other menu items? That is part of the problem with Americans. I have to give props to Taco Bell for their Fresco menu, it is at least a whack at being healthier. Unlike KFC with that monstrosity of a new sandwich that is chicken, bacon, cheese and chicken again. I swear the restaurants and the weight loss industry are buying each others stock! I get quite fascinated by looking at old photos from the early to mid 1950's. Want to know what I notice? Nobody in them is fat. well basically nobody. Definitely no fat kids. Know why? I suspect the fact that there were no heart attack burgers and vein clog fries. There was no Wii, no computer games, no XBOX. They ate when they HAD to eat, they played or worked all day, and that is what the human body was made to do. Not sit behind a computer sucking down calories.