Is there room for deep-fried Pop-Tarts in your diet?
I'm in an interesting position as a health and nutrition writer, because I haven't always upheld the best health and nutrition practices. Fact is, I was an overweight slug for much of my young adulthood, and I used to love fast food, fried stuff and especially sweets.
Nowadays my eating and exercise habits are much improved, thanks in large part to my Me Minus 10 campaign, and I no longer crave the fatty/sugary/salty snacks of my youth. I'm actually at the point where I'd choose a nice slab of grilled salmon over a fried fisherman's platter.
But still there are times when I break from my mostly healthful routine and sample something gawd-awful, just for the fun of it. I'll never regret sharing a burger at a state fair with my son a few years ago, even though that burger was served on a doughnut instead of a bun. And now I find I have a hankering to try a deep-fried Pop-Tart.
As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, I went to Ocean City, Maryland, for a vacation a couple of weeks ago. I've been going there forever, and boardwalk food is in my blood. But it's not notoriously good for your waistline. I wondered whether I could navigate the boards, enjoying my old favorite foods without gaining weight. Turns out it's not that hard to do if you choose your treats carefully and practice portion control.
There was a time, though, when simply sampling such foods would have sent me into a tailspin, reverting to my old ways of eating. Am I just more mature now than I was before? Or have I finally figured out, at age 49, how to manage my eating habits once and for all?
How do you handle vacation eating? Do you trust yourself to try some less-than-great-for-you treats? Or do you worry that eating those foods is a slippery slope, a gateway back to your bad old ways? Share your thoughts in the comments section, and please take a moment to vote in today's poll!
Jennifer LaRue Huget
August 31, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Me Minus 10 , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity
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