Too Many Choices!!!

I am not always the healthiest eater, in fact, I would say that 6 out of 10 times I am picking something definitely non healthy. I go back and forth all the time knowing that I should be choosing a healthier lifestyle, especially as I get older, but man, it is hard. I follow a lot of fitness pages on social media and all the buzz words surrounding the topic of meal planning makes my head spin.

There are so many choices based on what you want to accomplish, where do you start? It was so much easier back in the day when my mom cooked for us. Everything was made for us, and it was mostly healthy. Back then going to McDonalds was an occasional treat, not a regular staple in the diet. It was only during Lent, when as Catholics not eating meat on Fridays, we saw things like cheese pizza, fish sticks and tator tots or the fish sandwich from Mickey Dees on a weekly basis. Of course, I loved those 6 weeks out of the year.

It used to be when you had a discussion about food it would be in terms of how good it tasted, how it was prepared with fine ingredients and the plate presentation…well, that’s how my conversations used to be. But now the subject of food comes up and you hear these questions: Are you keto? What are your macros? Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Do you eat paleo? Are you carnivore? Carnivore??? I had to look that one up after someone mentioned it on social. This thing goes for no carbs…no veggies, no fruit, no grains, no anything, only meat products. What’s the point?

Don’t get me wrong, I totally get why people eat the way they do. A couple of years ago I found out that gluten was causing some inflammation in my body, so I have been on a quest to find the best gluten free choices that taste good. I have found some that I am happy with, but let’s be real, I am too much of a carb lover to always make sure things are gluten free. I would rather enjoy myself at a restaurant and have swollen ankles for a day than to skip over the good bread and Gnocchi in an Italian restaurant.

But I do want to eat healthier. I have been cooking more at home. I have been chopping up veggies and sautéing them in good olive oil with a nice lean meat over rice or a gluten free pasta. I have been eating yogurt and fruit with some seeds and nuts. I am very proud of my salads. But then, I will have a week of fast food and plate lunches. Which tastes great, but I feel like garbage after. Moderation is the key, I know, unfortunately, I don’t always possess that trait…thanks Dad, Lol.

So, where do I start? Which plan do I choose? I could actually be a vegetarian about 80% of the time. But then that other 20%? Bring me the sausage and the meatballs. Forget about being vegan, I am not against it if others eat that way, but no way can I give up cheese. And yes, I have actually tried vegan “dairy” products and that is a hard no from me. And no to keto, this girl needs her carbs.

So, why not just eat healthy? Why any plan at all? Well, as much as I like an unstructured life in my squiggle line way, there are times I need a little structure. If left up to my devices, I would probably end up like the boys in “Lord of the Flies” with total chaos and disorder, so I must choose some sort of plan. And I think the best choice for me is the Mediterranean Diet. I eat like that somewhat anyway, but I need to bring in more fruits and veggies and less salami and big bowls of pasta. This could actually be it for me, this could be the thing that keeps me in line towards a healthy life for the long haul…wish me luck.

***Question for the comments…are you a healthy eater? Do you follow any sort of meal plan like keto or vegan? And if you do, why did you choose that particular one?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

12 thoughts on “Too Many Choices!!!

  1. Skip the “diets,” diet plans, health and fitness wannabe gurus. Study food. Advantages. You’ll discover a whole lot of new, different, and good foods. Learn what each food – animal, mineral, vegetable – has to offer, what problems each presents. Learn what you like and don’t like. Couple what you know is healthy and what you know you like to build your own menus. Imma bet before you run out of menu options, you’ll forget all about how much you miss that good-tasting sludge we all crave. One last thing. In two parts. You GOTTA have a sludgeburger or petrochicken or sucrosecookies now and again. Part two, when you do enjoy a no-no food, ENJOY it without reservation! No remorse. Just don’t make a habit of it. In the words of The Swedish Chef, “Mordna gluben fraittl nurt-nurt.” Or “Man does not live by celery sticks alone!”

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  2. You could say I’m on a see food diet…hahaha still not eating rice though…eating home lunches would help my wallet…I was doing great with the eat fat to lose fat but eating every 2 to 3 hours and prepping all those meals was hard after a while…I must say I almost broke the 300 lb mark…that’s still my goal to get in the 200 bracket

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  3. Screw it! Eat what makes you happy. Look at Bill. Even he’s easing up on the health food crap. Part of food is the pleasure. There’s always a happy medium.

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    1. Oh! And if anyone ever has the cajones to ask “Vegan?” “Keto?”, etc. Ask them, “Why do you ask?” And then tell them my standard, “Nonya”. Rude bastards…


  4. Yeah, I eat healthy … lots of salads, with salt and pepper instead of salad dressing to save calories. And veggies : grilled broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, asparagus… fun stuff. No diets or meal plans for me either. Just whatever looks good or is on sale at the grocery or farmers markets !

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    1. Sounds good, but I need a little olive oil and italian seasoning in my salad. Just a little drizzle to lightly coat it. I don’t think I have ever eaten a brussel sprout…hmmm…maybe I will try one if its roasted, but I just dont like the look of them

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