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"Healthy" is a result rather than a goal

Friday, December 07, 2012

I live to eat. Who on earth would want to eat just to live? 4 cans of Ensure a day will do that. Ugh!! Anyone remember the 1964 World's Fair, when displays touted the day when we could just get our nutrition from pills and wouldn't need to eat at all? What's the fun in that?

BUT (and there's always a "but") I have selections every day and I don't necessarily choose them because they are "healthy". For example, I get 6 bread selections a day. Each bread selection is 3/4 oz dry rice or pasta or beans, or oz raw potato, or 1 oz bread (part of a long list). If I want my 1 oz of bread to be white bread, so what? Ever made garlic croutons out of whole wheat bread? They're awful. I want yummy and I only get one ounce, so it better be good. Over the course of a week or a month I eat plenty of different bread group choices, so "healthy" is pretty much taken care of when going for variety, and without my counting.

This morning I was making my husband's breakfast, and it included an apple and an orange. After I'd made his plate there was 1/4 of the apple still left, but I didn't eat that 1/4 of the apple. I only get 2 fruits a day, and I'd already had a banana (3 oz weighed with skin). That 1/4 apple would have been 1/2 a fruit (4 oz apple with skin and seeds=1 fruit). Even though it would have been "healthy", it would have left me with only 1/2 a fruit for the rest of the day. I don't get a pass just because the thoughtless thing I pop into my mouth is "healthy".

According to government regulations, you can take a bunch of vitamins that are found in strawberries, add artificial strawberry flavor, and while you can't call it a strawberry on the label, you can call it "as healthy as a strawberry". Really?????

When you revel in food, "good for you" better translate as "delicious". Fortunately, my weight loss and maintenance journey has melded "delicious" with "legal" (an old WW term that meant "On Plan"). While aiming for that glorious combination of fabulous and legal, "Healthy" just sort of emerged as an incidental result.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CELIAMINER 12/9/2012 3:05PM

    I, too, am a foodie, so I, too, live to eat. Food has to be good, not just good for me. It's hard to imagine how dull life would be without tasty food, preferably shared with good company.

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KKKAREN 12/8/2012 7:52AM

    very inspirational!

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NASFKAB 12/8/2012 3:55AM

  vow the control not popping that apple in your mouth great

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/7/2012 11:21PM

    Sounds like you have it under control!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/7/2012 10:12PM

    This is an inspirational blog to say the least. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 12/7/2012 8:50PM

    It sounds like you've got a good handle on things. Keep up the good work!

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JOANNS4 12/7/2012 6:43PM

    A great one, you are indeed an inspiration. Thank you.

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CARRAND 12/7/2012 3:54PM

    You are so right. You can eat too much of anything and it's not healthy.

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GOTTAPLAN4U 12/7/2012 1:52PM

  Healthy AND fabulous can be an acquired taste if one allows their tastes to adapt.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/7/2012 1:26PM

    I think I can get back to "living to eat" when the healthy stuff completely penetrates and becomes
normal. Almost there.

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GABY1948 12/7/2012 1:10PM

    I agree with Kay that you are a true inspiration to us all! Good going!

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/7/2012 12:49PM

    You are definitely on track and have more will power than anyone I know.
Nell, you are a true inspiration to all of us.

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ILOVEMALI 12/7/2012 12:48PM

    I'm trying to make grapes my "cheat." I few after work. Blew it last night (I had something salty instead). I'll try again. I refuse to believe that cheating with fruit will put weight on me!

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