Romancing the Scone

19 Aug

I had a major epiphany during my momentary indulgences in Chicago.

I have been craving pizza and nachos pretty consistently during the last 11 weeks.  I don’t think about them daily, but when a craving for something bad creeps up in my brain…it is one of these two.

Enter the city of Chicago.  Hello Deep Dish pizza!  The client event we went to at Navy Pier had unlimited food bars with the following options:

  1. Pizza
  2. Mexican
  3. Hot Dogs
  4. Sliders
  5. Mashed Potatoes and other “comfort” foods
  6. Greek
  7. Italian

Um yeah…all of that was free and unlimited.  I could have eaten myself into a coma.  I chose to indulge my two main cravings instead.

What I found was beyond eye-opening.  I just figured that when I finally ate pizza and nachos again, that I would be over the moon with how good they tasted.  What I found when I at my piece of pizza and tortilla chips with gauc and salsa was that they tasted…meh.

I mean they were good, but I did not enjoy eating them any more than I enjoy eating my veggies.  In some cases, I enjoy the veggies more than these items.  I was shocked and really rather confused.  How could these delightful dishes have tasted so normal when I had remembered them as something so much more.

I came to the conclusion that I have romanticized foods that I have eliminated from my diet.  I am pretty sure that this is common with most of us who have chosen to cut out certain foods to improve our health.  We want what we can’t have because if it is not good for us then it must taste better than the stuff that is good for us.

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I am very glad I indulged because of what happened after.  My romantic food bubble had been burst by reality.  I am not hankering for pizza and nachos right now.  This is not to say that I won’t partake of these and other items in the future, but I think this knowlege will help me not to dwell on how wonderful I remember them tasting.  I can pull my logic card now and remind myself of this Chicago trip.

Do you think that you romanticize food or anything else for that matter?  Please share in the comments below.

8 Responses to “Romancing the Scone”

  1. smltwngrl920 August 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I crave sweets BAD! anything and everything!!! I do allow myself every so often to indulge but I do monitor how much or I could also eat myself into a sweet coma. Usually after I indulge in something I am good for awhile again. I think that limiting but not cutting totally out is the best thing for me to do. I find when I cut things out totally it just gets ugly.

    Happy Sunday!

    • chirpybleu August 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      Thanks for sharing!!! Have a great Sunday!!!!

  2. Meagan August 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Anything I crave is ususally not worth the post scarfing guilt, something I am slowly starting to realize.

    • chirpybleu August 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      You are exactly right. I think hanging on to guilt makes you more apt to keep on indulging. Move on from it and get back on track.

  3. Jane August 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I am so happy for your epiphany! I too romance my cravings. But we always think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but when you get there we discover it’ s only artificial turf! This week I had to have a medical test where I had to cleanse & fast. B/F the procedure the nurse asked me what I was going to eat after the test. When I told her my standard healthy breakfast she was somewhat disappointed B/C it was healthy food. When I told her of my weight loss she got the message! Life is not about food, it’s about being healthy for yourself & to be here for your family. Have a wonderful week…Jane

    • chirpybleu August 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      That has to feel great to enlighten the nurse like that! You are exactly right about that fake grass! I much prefer my real greens on the healthy side of the fence.

  4. Melanie August 20, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Yep romancer here. Sweets are my downfall and I when they appear in front of me – my eyes widen, my mouth salivates, my pulse quickens, and I immediately start to breathe heavier. LOL – no for real I do. I try to limit my REAL sweet tooth to once a week, hence Swedish Fish overload, M&M handfuls to mouth, etc… I do however eat something sweet once a day – usually some good ole Fro Yo. I wish I would get the “meh” feeling after shoveling candy in mouth. Maybe I will get there one day – maybe? You did awesome girl – you should be super proud of yourself – being away from home and in conferences = detriment to eating right but you killed it. YAY!!!

    • chirpybleu August 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Thanks Melanie! I hope your meh comes one day, but either way your limiting yourself is majorly impressive, especially with that physical reaction 😉

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