I’m not a health guru, calorie counter, or constant dieter but I do know a little something about the difference between eating right and eating wrong. As of lately, I have been inexcusably careless, possibly even reckless with my choices in food consumption. However, yesterday took the cake. The day started off as usual: a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and a banana. Innocent enough. But it was downhill from there. I won’t make excuses or point any fingers, instead I’ll just lay my shame on the table. Lunch consisted of a cheeseburger, cheese fries, and a hotdog; midday snack was a Strawberry Surf Rider smoothie from Jamba Juice and dinner was a Cinnabon.
I really should have done better, especially considering the fact that I had just finished reading James Erlichman’s, Addicted to Food: Understanding the Obesity Epidemic earlier that morning. The truth is, I have very little discipline when it comes to food. I see it, I want it, I get it. Luckily, I am blessed enough to not have a weight issue, however, I am not immune to getting diabetes or even heart disease. Indulgence every now and again is fine, but overindulgence, or gluttony, is indeed dangerous. One of Erlichman’s objectives is to warn people like myself as well as those who are obese of the dangers of food addiction. He writes:
In the past 30 years food has quite literally, become our fourth substance addiction, easily outpacing the three more traditional vices [tobacco, drugs, and alcohol] in capturing new and vulnerable addicts. Food is killing people across the globe, with no sign of this ‘obesity epidemic’ slowing down, much less coming to an end.
Scary isn’t it? It may sound a bit overly dramatic at first, but if you really think about it, Erlichman is right.
So in an attempt to redeem myself from this week’s gluttony. I’ve prepared something I generally don’t bother with.. a salad. This recipe I devised on my own. I combined:
- mixed greens
- baby spinach
- dried cranberries
- sliced strawberries
- feta cheese
- sliced almonds
- balsamic vinaigrette dressing
And with that, I feel a slight sense of equilibrium between eating good and bad.