Friday, January 18, 2008
On the face of it, the decision to lose weight by reducing food intake (i.e., diet, hereinafter referred to as the d* word) would seem to infer a proportionate reduction at the cash register. After all, I'm eating less, right? Should be saving money, right? My point really has little to do with the proliferation of manufactured foods associated with a "healthy lifestyle"; the low calorie, low fat, low cholesterol, no fat, reduced fat/sugar, high fiber, carb free labels that dominate the grocery landscape .My point has to do with.. *sigh*.. me.
I am no stranger to the d* word process. I'm 66 years old, and I have been overweight for at least half of that time. The very first diet product I ever remember using was Metrecal (google it) and that was a looong time ago. But, I digress. Here's the point. If I'm eating less, why is my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry literally BURSTING with food? It's not an accumulation issue because I only started the d* word 5 days ago. And, I spent the week before that day methodically using up or trashing everything high calorie or "triggerish". So, what is it? Well.. I hate to use the word, but I'm gonna. It's gluttony. *ewwww* An actual deadly sin!
There is no other explanation and it makes sense. I haven't been fat for all of these years because I understand moderation. Example: Eat more fresh vegetables? OK. Got it. No problem. Here's what's in my frig. Arugula, Broccoli, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash, Romaine Lettuce, Mushrooms, Carrots, Peppers, Avocados, Alfalfa sprouts, Celery, Onions, Napa Cabbage, Regular Cabbage, Jicama, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Radishes, and Cucumbers. (*Side note: I keep the potatoes, russet and sweet, in my pantry.) Did I mention I'm single? I'm sure I need professional help, but with my food budget, I can't afford it. Does this sound familiar to any of you?