Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Eating my veggies


Working out is really not an issue for me.  I can go into the gym and put in 2 hours or more.  During that time I can easily burn about 1000 calories.  My problem is that I use my workouts to excuse bad eating.  For example, this weekend,  I did the one thing I had successfully avoided for 2 months — at a McDonald’s hamburger and fries.  Then, I turned around and finished it off with a cherry pie.

Oh, but it gets better.  I had a fried fish sandwich and kitchen chips for dinner.  The next night, I had pizza and Coke for dinner and more of the same for lunch the next day.  Right now, I have a junk food hangover.  I actually got a mild headache from all the garbage I ate.

But, today is a new day and, at least for this week, I am going to do something different.  I am going meatless.  A big problem with my eating is that meat is like a gateway drug for me.  When I eat meat, I end up consuming meals that would be best I didn’t.  For example, take spare ribs.  When I have spare ribs, I have to have potato salad, bread and, of course, a sugary drink, typically a Coke (of course) or Kool-Aid (don’t laugh…a lot of 40+ folks like Kool-Aid).  Occasionally, I add an ear of corn but, rarely does a vegetable enter this picture.  Or, imagine a meal of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and, maybe, some green beans.

The bottom line with me is that meat become the focus and if a vegetable comes into the picture, it’s usually not even a full serving.

What I have learned is that when I eat less meat, it forces me to look at how I am getting things like iron and protein and makes me have to eat  more vegetables, and in a wider variety, to get what I need.

Look, I’m not saying that I’m going vegetarian but, who knows?

JP Smith
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