Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A case of the blahs

Not a whole lot has been happening since I got back from NYC. I think after the high-energy fast pace of NYC, my normal day-to-day routine is just not inspiring to write about. Plus being sick then having some kind of stomach virus the past two days have put me in the dulldrums. I'm trying to convince myself that I can't eat cheese anymore. I love cheese, but maybe it doesn't love me. Which might be ok since cheese is somewhat high on the calorie intake scale. And I'm trying to convince myself that I'm not really gonna eat beef anymore. I haven't in over 2 weeks, so I know my stomach issues aren't related to that. But I went to college near the cattle ranches in Chino where the recent problems and abuses have been discovered and I drove through those ranches many times, so the scare hits a little closer to home for me. So I'm gonna try to commit to not preparing beef meals or order beef when we go out to eat. I'm not swearing off beef all together because if someone makes it for a meal, I'll certainly eat and enjoy it and savor it for that matter! :) Also, I recently finished reading "Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food" which was written by the guy who wrote "Fast Food Nation." So perhaps by reading this, I've added some fuel to my fire, but for me, it's about being more aware, trying to eat better, and the effects it has beyond my minuscule scope of understand and impact. But i'm not getting on a soapbox, because I recently went to KFC (even tho they are one of the big offenders in the book) and just yesterday drove through Jack-in-the-Box (did you know their medium soda is like 32 ounces?!?), so for me, it's baby steps. Then again, I'm lacking in that fortitude virtue, so who knows where this blathering will actual go! Perhaps it's all inspired by a bad tummy ache and once I'm feeling all better, I'll be ordering big macs and super sizing it with the rest of the nation. (j/k, probably) :)

Delicious cheese from the cheese shop in the Grand Central Market at Grand Central Station.


Anonymous said...

I loved reading, "Fast food nation"...I dont think i took the kids to McD's for like 3 we go our usual amount, lol. BABY STEPS! The beef thing freaked me out too. It was sent to our schools here in WA! My kids take hot lunch!! Freaked me out terribly. So ya, we've been brown bagging it lately.
It really makes me angry that our FDA doesnt do a better job on keeping our food safe.

Glad you are back from NY but sorry your not feeling super good. Take it easy hon,

Anonymous said...

Uh... I don't even know what you are referring to regarding the beef... I don't watch the news anymore due to the anxiety that would result. I'm afraid to ask!

Ragged Around the Edges said...

I just admire you for mulling your choices over and looking into them. I can't live without cheese, I love cheese and I think it loves me back. But, the beef, I am definitely saying "no" to it, particularly given the last bit of information about the industry.

Hope you're feeling better.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh Mad, i do hope you get to feeling better, hubby just went thru a few days of not feeling good, and i sort of have a weak stomache this morning but i think mine is from lack of sleep.
We very seldom do fast food, hubby won't touch Mc Donalds I wonder what we will do with Sonics going in next door, never ate at one so wonder how that will be.
As for beef, i don't know if i can give it up, hubby talks like he would like too, but don't know if i can cook without it. chicken is on a lot of our meal plans.
Get better soon, glad that your back home

rosemary said...

Sorry you are feeling puny. When my cholesterol thing happened I gave up bacon, cheese, butter, 2% milk, cut back on my meat, no fast food and lots of other foods that I loved. Since the holidays I have managed to gain 5 #'s back from eating out and cooking for company. Keep reading!

Nan said...

I'm off beef, pork too. But I was even before the news came out about those sick cows. They're too high in cholesterol. Surprisingly, I don't miss them. I've discovered soy products. Ummm, delicious.

I'm having a tough time staying on Weight Watchers. I can't seem to get myself motivated again. I wish warm weather was here. I do better in warm weather.