Thursday, January 30, 2014
So many people start their new year by making such HUGE DRASTIC changes, and I've done it before, heck, I'm 36, it's not like I'm some teenager trying to find it all out at this point (no offense to teenagers who are stumbling onto my page). I've seen as the years have progressed that the more drastic the changes have been, the more difficult it's been for me to stick to not just the change in lifestyle, but to my life, in general. I can't go to my friend, W's birthday and not toast his faboulousness (is that a word?) with a glass of vintage Barolo.
I look back on some great, old photographs of my grandparents and I see how wonderful they looked and they ate EVERYTHING, well, everything we make in our modest Greek kitchens, and it's all delicious. What didn't they have? Ramen noodles, diet Pepsi, SOY, an overabundance of red meat, processed- pre packaged foods and a pile of takeout menus stuck to the refrigerator. I can have my bread, my REAL, whole wheat, from the village oven bread (one slice, or a small hunk of course), I can have my pasta sauce, my shrimp, great fish, salad dressing (that I make myself) etc etc etc and it's all delicious.
Why should I allow myself to get to that point where I feel deprived? There is absolutely NO REASON. My Papou (that's grandpa for all you non-Greeks) was right. I need to make 2 or 3 small changes every month or so and that way, I won't miss stuff so much. Otherwise, it's just a landslide of weight gain when the backsilde hits... Oh yeah, and when I really, truly want to be healthy, I don't have to look any further than the village (well at least historically, now they eat the same junk we eat in America).