Monday, August 1, 2011

There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Ahhh, food. The bane of my existence; I love food; I hate food; I love to hate food; I hate to love food. Who hasn’t been obsessed with food at some point? My life seems to have always revolved around food. When planning events or vacations, it is always about which restaurants are nearby, who has the best entrees, what is on the dessert menu. And what could be better than food? Free food, of course! The vendor lunches, the corporate dinners, birthday lunches, Christmas parties, summer picnics – all on someone else’s dime. Free, no cost to me, nada, zilch, zip, zero. Or is there?
Is it really free if I then turn around and pay a personal trainer to help me shed the pounds? Or spend money on Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or similar weight loss program to help me lose the weight? Is it at no cost if I am beating myself up for over-indulging? Or if I am paying for it later because I feel sluggish, tired or bloated? Is it in fact free when I look in the mirror and am not happy with what I see?
Now I am not saying you need to start declining lunch engagements or to no longer attend events that involve food. It is time to learn to make smart choices when eating out. You can continue to go out to those corporate dinners and vendor lunches but eat wisely; make healthy choices. I even believe it is possible to indulge from time to time; all things are good in moderation. It is time to have a healthy relationship with food.

Have you found yourself obsessing over food? What strategies have you used to come to peace with food?


  1. I'm at the beginning of my weight loss journey, so I have not gotten into the habit of making the best choices yet. When I go out to eat I automatically put half of it in a to go box. That has really helped me a lot so far.

  2. I can SO relate to this post!!! Love me some food!

  3. I agree with Briana- put half in a to-go box before you start eating. I have also found that I ask myself questions before ordering... how am I going to feel later after I ate that? how much extra work am I going to do later if I eat that now? This does help me out!



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