Filed under: Nutrition
I have come to notice a rather disturbing summer trend. People find excuses and justifications all over the place to eat like complete and utter shit.
“Well it’s the holiday”
“Well it’s so and so’s birthday” (we just had my mom, my dad, my sister and myself in a 10 day span)
“Well we are on vacation”
“Well we are at a wedding”
“Well it’s a Tuesday”
OK maybe the last one is a bit of a stretch, but not really. While people do tend to be much more active in the summer giving us the potential to lose a good amount of unsightly bodyfat, we make up for it by eating lots and lots of garbage. Tons of hot dogs, chips, sodas and beers, cakes and desserts, it never ends!
Now having said all that I am all for having a good time in the summer. It is most certainly ok to indulge in some delicious eclaire cake (like my mom made me for my birthday) once in a while, but once in a while is once in a while, it is not a near-daily event!
Justifying the choice to eat garbage does not make the food any less shitty, it just soothes your conscience while you expand your waistline. While again I do encourage people to enjoy themselves and just eat once in a while, sometimes you do have to be “that guy (or girl)” who doesn’t have 6 beers, 4 hot dogs, a pile of macaroni salad and an entire bag of chips to themselves.
Instead maybe you have 1 burger, some salad, maybe a small handful of chips and some assorted fruit with 1 beer. Maybe it isn’t as sexy, but you are certainly not deprived and it won’t do any damage. In many ways that’s what eating at get-togethers is all about, mitigating potential damage.
So do not be afraid to just enjoy yourself from time to time this summer, but also be prepared to be the one person at the party with some actual restraint as well. A bit of both will go a long way to help keep you sane and lean.
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