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?