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Monday, 28 February 2011


I am the first to admit that I do not have the best relationship with food. This is nothing new as I have struggled with my weight and my eating since I was a kid. I list them separately because they really are two distinct issues.

I am a picky eater. I don’t know why. Nor do I know how to rectify it. Part of it is due to taste. Part of it is due to texture. (Sensory issues for $1,000, Alex?)

And before I even get started, I am genetically predisposed to being on the zaftig-side. No, I can’t even blame my skinny parents because this apparently skips a generation.

Now, thanks to a bit of legislation passed earlier this year with the intent to help Americans make healthier choices, restaurants must list caloric content right on the menu.

Just in case I had any misconceptions that the burger I was eating was actually healthy…

I know, I know. This information is really meant to help the consumer. But my goodness, it sure takes away all the fun.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Shellie Halprin permalink
    Monday, 28 February 2011 10:18 pm

    I know…me too on many counts, but it doesn’t skip a generation in my family. If you really want to give yourself a heart attack, look at the nutritional info on the Claim Jumper or Macaroni Grill menus. Ghastly.

  2. Vered Harris permalink
    Monday, 28 February 2011 10:36 pm

    Really good distinction between weight and eating issues. And I think you are courageous for posting this, for admitting to having issues in those areas. Sure, most women have or have had issues in these areas. But it is very brave of you to put them “out there” and let others consider these issues as normative in our culture.

  3. Monday, 28 February 2011 10:46 pm

    Instead of ‘eat because the children in (Europe, Asia, Africa etc.) are starving’ they’ve turned the Jewish mother guilt trip around on us. Totally unfair!

  4. Monday, 28 February 2011 11:15 pm

    OMG, I just this conversation yesterday at Starbucks. I don’t go there often and didn’t know, as of Jan 1st, they had to start listing the caloric content of all their coffees on the menu. I told the cashier I didn’t really want to know that! Head in the sand works for me:)

  5. Monday, 28 February 2011 11:18 pm

    You’re 100% right; That does take away the fun!! I can so relate to much of what you wrote about here. Similar struggles and a looong history with them. Not fun at all! Hold my hand through it, will you?! 🙂 XO

  6. Tuesday, 1 March 2011 12:38 am

    Advertisers encourage us to feast on creamy sauce over pasta, giant breadsticks with gobs of butter,and moist cake oozing with chocolate “lava,” but then the FDA ruins everything by reminding us that we’re consuming all our calories for the entire week in just one meal. Sometimes, ignorance really IS bliss!

  7. Tuesday, 1 March 2011 2:02 am

    I refuse to read those labels. I’ll die one day but not because of the burger I eat today.

  8. Tuesday, 1 March 2011 5:49 am

    Factor in sodium and cholesterol and there’s almost nothing left to enjoy eating. Maybe we need to return to an earlier time and cook everything from scratch from homegrown, natural ingredients. But wait…If we did that, who’d have time to blog, or do much of anything else for that matter?! 😉

  9. Tuesday, 1 March 2011 6:50 am

    Wow! We don’t have that legislation in Canada – yet… Part of the excitement of eating out is the mystery of it all. It is a bit of an adventure, you are never really 100% sure what you are getting. Besides, we all know that eating out is a treat! I am with you on this one. I would not want to see scientific data on the menu!

  10. Tuesday, 1 March 2011 8:46 am

    “But my goodness, it sure takes away all the fun. ”
    Totally hear you on that!
    On a similar note , I was shocked when Ben and Jerry’s “willingly” named a really delicious Ice-cream CHUBBY Hubby – its one thing when a law “forces” them to write all the caloric details but who would chose to call an Ice-cream Chubby Hubby -I just wanna enjoy the Ice-cream .
    Truth is I did taste it (and reviewed it on my blog) and I gotta say I really enjoyed it regardless of the power of association.
    I wonder if and when that law will make it over here to Israel.
    —-

    Daniela
    http://isreview1.blogspot.com

  11. Friday, 4 March 2011 7:53 am

    We’ve had that in NYC for a few years now, but only for the chains, I think. I really like, actually. I was really surprised to find out that the things I was eating weren’t nearly as bad for me as I thought. More importantly, I can use it as a tie breaker when I can’t decide what to eat!

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