Eating healthy can be hazardous to your . . . errr . . . health

I have a problem with balance. Now I know most folks think balance is a good thing, that we need balance in our lives.

And in most cases, I would agree.

But here’s my problem. I like to run and exercise on the one hand. But I also like to eat, and usually it’s stuff that doesn’t fall in the category of Healthy. In fact, a lot of times, it’s not even a second cousin to Healthy.

This oatmeal seems like a healthy choice at breakfast, but I'll take a bowl of chocolate chip cookies any day of the week.

This oatmeal seems like a healthy choice at breakfast, but I’ll take a bowl of chocolate chip cookies any day of the week.

So it’s like I’m normally stuck in neutral. I’m running and should be losing weight and getting in shape, but I’m not making much progress because I just ate a six-pack of Taco Bell tacos and a box of Ding Dongs.

Ok, maybe it’s not that bad. But it can be bad. For instance, one time a woman I was dating was talking to her dad. Her father asked her if she had put on some weight. She reluctantly admitted that yes, she had. To which her dad explained her problem: you eat with Mark, but you don’t run with Mark.

And I don’t have much willpower when it comes to food. I can always justify a piece of apple pie or chocolate cake.  Or a cheeseburger.

But in recent years, I have, how can I say this, gotten older. I can’t eat like I did when I was younger – you know, like last week. So I’ve tried to cut back, especially in the area of sugar and desserts.

And, for the most part, it’s helped. I’ve lost some weight and I feel better.

But it’s not always as clear-cut as you might think it is. For example, I thought I would start my day with a nice, healthy bowl of oatmeal. The only problem, though, is that I’m not crazy about oatmeal.

So I found these fruit flavored oatmeal. There was a variety pack that included blueberry (my favorite), strawberry, and peach. There was also banana, but I wasn’t too crazy about that.

So there I was, every morning eating my bowl of oatmeal, and feeling mighty proud of myself until one day . . .

I happened to read the nutritional info on the side of the box. It turned out that the oatmeal had more sugar in it than three chocolate chip cookies! Three!!

The easiest solution, I thought, would be to crumble three cookies up in a bowl, pour some milk over them, and have that for breakfast. Not only would it taste better, but it was, in some ways, healthier.

And if you’re like me, you always find ways to justify the unhealthy eating choices in your life. For example, a new chicken place opened in town. Now I know fried chicken isn’t the healthiest thing I could eat. But don’t I owe it to the local economy and community to support our local businesses? I think so, so I’ve been doing my part.

And I figure as long as I balance the fried chicken with a 5-mile run or so, that should be ok. Of course, sometimes I like to balance my fried chicken with a piece of chocolate pie. And that’s the best tasting balance I can find.

  12 comments for “Eating healthy can be hazardous to your . . . errr . . . health

  1. March 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Lol this is great!! You need my oatmeal.. I actually make it . Add just a bit of lowfat milk and then I take Strawberries in another bowl and add just a lil sugar. But it gets juicy and sweet quickly. So add that to the oatmeal and it’s not too fattening. And it’s yummy! Maybe you should Try it when the blueberries are fresh!

    Betsy

  2. March 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Mmmmm just normal porrage you need. Put a small bit of sugar and fresh banana. I put prunes in also 😉 well done on the running.

    • March 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Ha. I’m sure I could use the prunes. A lot of times I will make oatmeal and add raisins to it. That’s pretty good, too.

      Thank you for reading. I’m going to check out your blog, too.

      • March 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm

        Thanks Mark. I am New to blogging not done it for 4 years!! Its all modern now. Be gentle I am still learning 😉

      • March 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        Ha. I’m always gentle the first time, but I make no promises after that! 🙂
        Hey, is there a way to follow your blog? I didn’t see a way to follow when I looked at your page.

      • March 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        Ooooo I dont know! Do I have to put a button on it???? I have no idea? Yours is by your name? Mmmmmm

      • March 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        I have 4 following me? Not sure how?? Lol

      • March 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm

        I think I might could subscribe to the RSS feed, but I was hoping to follow by email.

      • March 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

        I shall investigate!! On my phone at the moment not all the features 😉

      • March 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        Yeah, I think you might can add a widget that will allow people to follow.

  3. March 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    hi! i have now found my “dashboard” and added some widgets? i thinki have added the email and the rss buttons. still a work in progress. only day two for me on here 🙂 thanks for your assistance 🙂

    • March 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      You’re welcome. It took me a while to learn, too. In fact, I’m still learning how to use some of the features 🙂

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