Studies show that people who are naturally slim eat a similar number of calories day in and day out.
They don’t go off the wagon for a vacation or eat a wildly high number of calories for a holiday. If they do eat something that is higher in calories, they cut back during other meals to maintain a total. They simply have a caloric standard they tend to maintain. I am not inherently one of these people and although I am trying hard, it’s not effortless.
Luckily I don’t look my age
I turned fifty six last week. There was a time in my life where I would have cried all day (cough cough forty nine) but given that my beautiful mother did not have opportunity to grow old, I feel blessed with each year I live beyond her exit. Birthdays are actually happy happy happy!
Any excuse for a ribeye
When considering what I wanted ‘to do’ for my birthday, all my ideas were food related. My husband asked me to choose a birthday restaurant and after debating my choices I realized that Special Occasion Eating sort of exemplifies our ‘problem’. Birthdays, vacation, long weekend, holidays… you deserve a splurge!
Diner or Dive?
I chose an early Sunday beachside dinner at a great little local seafood dive that was crowded before Guy Fieri made it worse. (Thanks bud!) My favorite food is shrimp – a perfect bariatric food – moist, great texture and super low in calories. That is unless dipped, deep fried and served on top of an enormous basket of homemade chips called Whale Fries! I found myself thinking about ordering this ‘just this one time’ and how good it would be.
Predisposed for cake
I’ve lived with bariatric surgery since 2001. What is wrong with my hard wiring that my immediate thoughts were to eat something fattening and over the top because I had a birthday pass? Do slim people think that way? We go to this place every weekend and without even thinking I have steamed rock shrimp or raw oysters. My inner fat girl was working hard to give me an excuse for some bad eating, even after fighting years to lose fifty five pounds of regain!
Happiness in a potato
I came to my senses and by the time we ordered, the very idea of ‘splurge or cheat eating’ was making me sick. Would eating fried shrimp and chips have made me so much happier that it would have been worth it? No. Truth is, it would have made me sad. It’s just food and even good choices taste great!
They say it’s your birthday
I ordered a Bloody Mary and Steamed Shrimp, heavy on the Old Bay. I had a nice birthday sitting next to someone I love (who ordered Whale Fries!) We laughed and had a great evening… no fanfare or singing or flaming waiters carrying a dessert. Later on at home there was a tiny sugar free cheesecake I had baked for us to share.
It helps to remember that we can have anything we want – but it takes a lot of years for it to be our choice and not our compulsion or obsession. Disaster averted.