Making my vices work for me
Thursday, August 12, 2010
So, I recently got braces (so I'll be 30 by the time I'm done with a retainer). I don't get to eat bagels (I find this out after my family re-discovers bagels after a 5 year hiatus), no popcorn (apparently they get caught in the teeth), and no sugar (this I'm OK with, since I gave up processed sugar for a month with no problem). My only concern with the latter is that I satisfied my sweet tooth with dried fruits (which is also verboten!). AARGH! My Dad: you know, Tejal, your doctor is punishing you. Um, thanks Daddy.
So, I'm eating less now, not because my braces hurt (apparently, I'm a bad*ss), but because I'm too lazy to brush my teeth after EVERY SINGLE meal/snack. I read somewhere that Pamela Anderson (Lee?) did this to keep from over eating, and it does work. I'm making my laziness work for me. This lead to me think, what are some of my other vices that end up helping me?
IMPATIENCE: I'm impatient. I will not look around for a good parking spot, I will take the first one I see and walk, instead of driving for a good spot. I will not wait for an elevator, I would rather have action now and go up the stairs. Once on the stairs, 2 at a time. (You get used to 2 at a time, it's hard to revert back to one at a time. I first started doing this because of another vice: tardiness. 2 at a time is simply faster, even when you account for slowing down because you want to be careful.)
CHEAP: I'm a cheapskate. I will not pay money to be fat. There goes my junkfood. If I want bad food, I will make it. Since I'm lazy, it doesn't happen that often, so I rarely eat junk food. But when I do, it's SCRUMPTIOUS.
EASILY DISTRACTED: Eating junk food, only good for a few bites (law of marginal returns). Then I get bored, and need something else. I can't single-task with the tv, so I'll surf at the same time, or hop on the bike and elliptical machine.
IT MUST TASTE GOOD: Food must taste good. No low fat or substitutes. If I'm going to have bad food, it's going to be satisfying, so that I only need a few bites. This way, no tricking myself into thinking "It's healthy, so I can eat more." Apparently, you also keep more nutrients than if you were to process it just to make something low calorie. This trumps my cheapness because I will pay for high quality food, but only if it's high quality.
I HATE FOOD SHOPPING: I hate grocery shopping. So when I go, I only grab the items I need, and get out. No impulse items to purchase. I literally have no idea what's in the middle aisles of the store. Everything you could possibly need is in the periphery.
I HATE CLEANING: I don't mind tidying/de-cluttering, but I hate using cleaning products. This reduces my chemical exposure. On the flip side, if something requires to be cleaned, simply run a wet rag over it. It's usually enough. If something needs more power than than a wet rag, vinegar and baking soda (not together) should take care of it.
Well, that's all I can think of for now. I really hope this doesn't come off sounding smug, but I've been thinking of this for a while. Once I recognize and embrace certain vices, I can make them work for me.