Don't want to eat all of the things anymore.
July 29, 2011 7:54 AM Subscribe
I eat like crap. I'm now 30. Still young, I know, but I'm pushing it with the eating like a teenager. Can you help set me up with a system for better, healthier eating?
posted by functionequalsform to food & drink (53 answers total) 62 users marked this as a favorite
Please don't snark me out, but I'm one of "those" people who have always had a high metabolism and have pretty much been able to eat whatever. I also walk a whole lot, so I'm in pretty good shape.
However, I eat like a growing teenage boy. Yesterday, I ate a mess of Ethiopian steak for lunch and about 14 pizza bagels for dinner. Gross, right? This can't be a sustainable diet for a healthy adult moving out of their twenties.
The thing is, I don't know how to eat better. For example, this week I told my coworker that I was "going to grab something healthy for lunch." I came back with a giant bowl of pasta salad that, in hindsight, was dripping with oil and carbs and Parmesan—but had one piece of broccoli in it. She laughed at me.
Another contributing factor is my lifestyle: I'm a busy single lady in NYC. The kind that works a lot and has a fairly busy social life. I generally either "grab it and go" or have long dinners with friends at a nice restaurant. Cooking at home doesn't work, as the mess and time spent just aren't worth it. (Not that I would know what to cook anyway.)
So, the questions-
1. What does a day of healthy eating look like? A week?
2. A hypothetical: if you're in a nice restaurant, do you choose the "Roast Chicken and Buttered Green Beans" or "Linguine with Shrimp and Zucchini in a Wine Sauce?" (If both of those are "bad," that's an acceptable answer too.)
3. How do you control the impulse to EAT ALL OF THE PIZZAS ALL OF THE TIME? Sheer willpower? Or do you have some sort of mantra?
4. If the answer is basically, "Salads. Forever." How do you deal with the feeling that you're still hungry after?
Any other advise greatly appreciated. I clearly don't know what I'm talking about.