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Food Fetish


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?

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NAN71486 1/20/2008 6:25PM

    I don't think anything's wrong with it either. I try my best to keep a good supply of fresh foods in the refrigerator and freezer too. I don't have as good a variety as you do but I have apples, oranges, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage and frozen bell pepper, green onions, corn, okra, green beans and mixed vegetables. It's a lot easier to eat right when you keep healthy foods available. I keep a few Lean Hot Pockets, Low Fat Turkey around but I don't eat it very often because it is so full of sodium. I think you could be a great help to us on the Louisiama Team.

Nancy

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NOSHAGUA 1/18/2008 4:48PM

  How true!! But, at least your refrigerator is bursting with good veggies, not just a bunch of processed diet foods. This way, you have all the choices in the world. Today, I'm struggling so instead of reaching for the "low fat" goodies in the pantry or the juicy SWEET fruit on the counter, I did a quick celery, mushroom and radish stir fry with a dab of Indian curry paste and Maggie sauce. All FREE calories. So... keep those choices in the refrigerator!!

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RKELLYWHITE 1/18/2008 2:36PM

    I don't think it's a food fetish. I think for you it's a necessity because of your proximity... the middle of NO WHERE!! You live in an area where you have to really work for fresh vegetables. And I would give you huge Kudos for driving to Lafayette, but you love shopping at Fresh Market so much, you can't get that much credit. Dacia went to the store yesterday to get some fresh veggies and fruit for the rest of the week. We live near five grocery stores that carry great produce. You don't! If we lived where you live our refrigerator would be stocked to it's limit as well.

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PATRICIA441 1/18/2008 1:24PM

  Sounds like you could make some awesome meals to me with all those wonderful fresh veggies! I will be right over!!! Pat from DE.

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