As I sit here in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, waiting for the power to be turned back on and counting the days until I can get back to work, I realized that the holidays are right around the corner, and around that corner is lots of good food.
Certainly, I am not making light of the circumstances surrounding the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and I realize the holidays will be tough for a lot of people in the New Jersey/New York area. However, dealing with the harsh reality that the storm has imposed upon us has made me realize how much I enjoy the simple things in my routine, and I look forward to Thanksgiving and into the rest of the holiday season.
With this in mind, I am struck by how petty and insignificant most day-to-day “problems” really are, especially when it comes to the way we eat. As clients, friends and acquaintances prepared for the storm, nobody I spoke to was concerned about scoring organic, gluten-free, fat-free stuff. People wanted bread, milk, eggs, booze, coffee, cookies, cake, ice cream and other comfort foods. Some of my most finicky eaters told me they were going to hunker down with their favorites and not be consumed by what they consumed. It was nice to hear that for a change, to be honest with you.
Now I realize we cannot go around every day, gorging ourselves, blah, blah, blah. But the thought of being “without” for a period time as a result of this storm made people show their true colors when it comes to what food they really want, especially when they “try so hard to eat good,” most of the time. So at the holidays keep this in mind, especially if you “try so hard to eat good.”
If you like pumpkin pie, eat pumpkin pie. Don’t eat that garbage, no-fat/low-fat, substituted ingredient, ersatz abomination desert stuff that some people peddle at this time of year. Avoid all of that stuff because it does not satisfy your cravings and will lead you to eat other stuff that you may not want.
If you’ve ever eaten any of that fake desert crap you know that you eat more of it because it doesn’t “scratch your itch.” And another thing, don’t decide to start a diet during, or even close to the beginning of, the holidays. It is sure to fail.
Get it out of your system. Gorge yourself. Start fresh in the New Year.