Friday, October 11, 2013
As i may have mentioned, I work on a ship offshore, we have a cooking crew that prepares all our meals for us. At every meal there are usually three main options, and a variety of sides including; Salads, soup, rice, and several options of cooked and raw cut vegetables.
At any given time during the day or night there is always food laid out in covered display racks so you can go and prepare your own snacks whenever you want. there is always some sort of salad available, usually a soup, cereals, popcorn, sandwich fixings (deli meats and cheeses), various milk, juices, soda pop, coffee, and a variety of teas.
One would think that with such a spread of choices available, a person could easily put together a healthy meal at every sitting, and healthy low calorie snacks in between. In theory yes you definitely could. In practice however it is not so easy.
The cooks will put toegther a lovely tray of cut up vegetables, it may include on an average day; cherry tomatoes, green pepper slices, red pepper slices, cucumber slices and carrot sticks. a nice selection, a bright colorful array of healthy options.
Enter the tray of beige chocolate chip cookies.
When the two trays are placed near each other something strange happens. As you stare longingly at the cookies you can see out of the corner of your eye a bright appealing hint of color, you begin to turn your head away when suddenly your attention is caught by a chocolate chip winking out from the cookie on top. the colors in the corner of your eye fade slowly to gray and then nothingness. As you grab your cookie and walk away, you wonder why the rest of the display looks so empty, you could have sworn there was something else in there earlier.
And there you have it. Vegetables become invisible when placed too close to the Higher Calorie, Higher Fat options that are available. I think it may be a survival mechanism the vegetables have developed over the years.
I find that with such a mine field of various options available it is extremely difficult to keep from being blinded by one of the Unhealthy options. Which is why i succumed to eating a carrot cake muffin slathered in Cream Cheese Icing for Breakfast yesterday. Luckily i was able to get through the ramainder of the day without too much trouble, i had to hold my hand up to my eyes to block the view of the cupcakes as i walked past to get to the salad bar, but i made it safely.
I find i have to do that fairly often, actually restrain myself from even looking in the display which contains the dessert. It's really hard, cause the bottom shelf of the same display case is the fresh fruit. I think the cooks are taunting me.