Sunday, February 22, 2015

Some Things Never Change....And Are World-Wide!!!

This Is A Rant....A Repost from 10 Years ago- but STILL Relevant!! I've changed a few of the words to apply to where I am now- you can see the original post on my weight loss blog-Striving For Ex-ELLE-ence if you like.

How the heck are we supposed to lose weight in our society?

Have you tried lately?

I try to eat healthily. I bake my fries- I usually broil or bake meats- I DO have a sweet tooth- but even with that I try to limit how much I indulge(only time I REALLY give in is a couple days before Aunt Flo visits so minimal damage).

But to try and eat in public is hopeless.

Order at a restaurant and you get enough food for two people. I know you can eat half and take the rest home- or leave it on the plate...but WHY? I don't like warmed over food from a restaurant. I also don't like to waste food when there are so many people starving in the world- and besides- I don't wanna pay 12 quid for a half serving of food and leave the rest either. I work too hard for my money to waste it like that. And we could share a plate- but Paulius and I don't always want the same thing to eat when we go out- he tends to like spicy foods and I go for a more bland type food- I have an ulcer and spicy foods double me over when I eat them.

Why the hell can't the food industry just serve NORMAL portions and decrease the price a bit?
Everyone would be happier,(except maybe the 600 lb people who think all that food is GOOD for them and would absolutely STARVE if they weren't served enough to feed a small nation at every meal), not to mention healthier. Even if they DIDN'T decrease the price- it would still be better for us because a) we wouldn't be eating those mega portions and all the fat and calories that go with them and b) we wouldn't eat out as much because it would be so expensive to do so,(which is exactly the reason that they don't want to do the sensible thing like normal prices and portions-everything has to be bigger and better than the competetion's).

I can't even watch TV anymore without being bombarded with advert after advert after ADVERT about food- every where I look it's there- and turning the sound down doesn't help either- I can still see the cheese oozing all hot and steaming from the pizza slice as it's served up. I can still see the creamy chocolate dripping from the spoon as the ice cream sundae is gobbled up. I can still see the blissful expressions on the faces of the people eating the stuff too- and even tho I know they are actors- they are DAMN GOOD actors because I honestly want to run out and get some of the creamy, chewy, owwey gooey goodness they are having while I'm watching.

And sodas- Why in the world do they sell those things in twenty oz bottles? First they sold the little 7 oz bottles which were PERFECT for a person- Just enough unless you were DYING of thirst and then you were better off drinking water to satisfy your thirst. Then they upped the dosage to 10 ozs. A bit more- but still okay. Then it went to 12 ozs. Too much. I have a can of soda and a third of it is usually left and wasted. Can't cap it- it's a can- it loses the fizz and tastes like CRAP. ...Then the 16 oz came along. And the 20 oz.....GREAT- for two people- but if you are single- or driving along alone- who needs it? 16 ozs is enough for 2 and a HALF servings. No wonder we are so freaking FAT in this nation. They began making those little 10 oz bottles again for a while- but finding them is like looking for a needle in a haystack- not everywhere will stock them. The two litres are fine if you are a family of six and the three litres are fine if you are having a party. But for normal people it's just TOO MUCH!! But we are tempted by the more is less pricing.

 Looks like I am going to have to give up watching TV and give up going out to eat at all as well to be healthy again.

It just ALL pisses me right off.


Michael Dodd said...

Well, giving up television may be as good for your mental health as giving up going out to eat may be for your physical health.

I often take part of a meal home when we eat out, but it is true that the reheated bit is not as tasty. (Except for pizza, because I got so used to eating leftover cold pizza for breakfast in college.) I like places that offer half-portions as a matter of course, but those are few and far between.

At one place where I always order the half-eggs-Benedict on the menu, the cook inevitably prepares the full thing. They don't charge me for the extra, but it is more than I want and totally not good reheated. I know I should leave it on the plate, but ...

I thought it was just in America that portions were crazy, but sounds like Great Britain is bad, too, huh?

Anonymous said...

Not AS bad as the states, but almost. Two people can still eat one meal easily...except fast food places like BK and McDs... Those places are EXPENSIVE and the portions are child sized. THEY are the exception to the rule.