Well, for people new to my blog…you may not be familiar with the term ‘parallel food universe.’ I first read it in The End of Overeating, a book written by the ex-head of the FDA, Dr. David Kessler. I originally explained about it here in this post:
But, in a nutshell:
One of the most important facets in getting your eating under control, is replacing chaos with structure.
Replacing Chaos with Structure: it allows you to set up a parallel food universe while continuing to participate in normal social and work activities. Let people around you eat willy nilly. Whatever they want. Without any concern about health or nutrition. You (need to learn to) play by different, grown-up rules. (Yes, I said it. Learn to eat like an adult, instead of still eating like a kid who doesn’t know any better.) Children are like little puppies and will gorge themselves until they get sick. Umm, hello. So do many adults!! It’s like we have no idea what’s healthy and what isn’t, but of course we do. But we continue to live and eat in total chaos. No structure (or sense) whatsoever. Eating whatever we want, for any reason, except for improved health.
PARALLEL FOOD UNIVERSE. OMG I LOVED this term! (yeah, I’m a sci-fi geek. Think Fringe. LOL) THIS IS SO PERFECT. The rest of the world lives in a world of sugar-laden (this includes grains), sodium-laden, fat-laden foods pushed at us by the corporate American food industry. If we want to be able to break free from the addictions they cause within us, we are going to have to live in a Parallel Food Universe. Meaning, picking foods we love to eat, that do not have those items added to them, living as much on whole foods as we can, and being able to do it no matter what people eat around us. We are responsible for us. We aren’t responsible for anyone around us. (well, children may be the exception. Your call how to handle that, moms of young kids.)
Living in a parallel food universe…the whole concept of it, blew my mind!! I eat what I need to eat, YOU eat what you want to eat, and we peacefully coexist at the same functions. Beautiful! FREEING ourselves from feeling we have to follow a crowd. We have to mingle like mindless sheep, all doing the same thing. Think a school of fish, all moving in unison. Why do we feel we have to follow what everyone else is eating, like mindless sheep? Why can’t we honor our bodies, and all of the knowledge we now have about really crappy food, and how we have become addicted to it, and BREAK FREE? What holds you back?
There is no law, in ANY social situation, that says we have to eat what everyone else is eating. There are always ways to work around it, IF you want to, badly enough. You can scrape off the sauces, ask for them not at all, or on the side. You can move the buns and breads aside. You can ignore like it doesn’t even exist… the french fries, mashed potatoes, dessert.
You can if you want improved health badly enough.
You can say ‘no thank you.’ Period. Explain, not explain: TOTALLY your choice. You won’t let people push you around in any other manner; why let them do it with food?
You HAVE to have One main and rigid rule: if it isn’t part of your structure, you don’t eat it!
SOOOOO, back to today’s topic! Today/Thursday, my department is driving down to San Diego, going to lunch at a Mexican restaurant, and then to the Del Mar racetrack for the afternoon, as a team building event.
How will I handle the food and drink at the restaurant, AND at the race track? Well, I’ve gotten REALLY adept at handling food at Mexican restaurants!! For starters, my days of helping to polish off buckets of chips and salsa are over! Last year, I came up with the brilliant idea of asking the waiter to bring me a small plate of celery sticks when I first order my drink. Think about it! Any restaurant that serves Bloody Mary’s, carries celery. A few stalks of celery, sliced length-wise, makes the PERFECT nearly zero carb, healthy way to eat salsa! I ALWAYS get a surprised, quizzical look when I ask for it, but they comply, and then booyah! And before I know it, some of my dining companions are asking to share the celery. Works like a charm every time!
And let them all drink the beer and the margaritas. I’ve had one virgin margarita since I went primal 16 months ago. I thought I would miss them more, but like with other sugary items….after you get them out of your system, the brain-chemistry changes that the sugar causes….is no longer happening, so the cravings REALLY DO disappear! I’ll drink my unsweetened iced tea, thank you veddy much!
I will order steak carne asada, or steak fajitas. Not sure which. When they ask if I want flour or corn tortillas with that, I turn to my dining partners, and ask what THEY would like extras of, because THEY are getting them!! I’m not eating the tortillas. Win/win for all at the table! I enjoy the deliciously marinated steak, the grilled veggies, the guacamole (perhaps the finest HEALTHY ‘good’ fat one can eat!), the salsa, the full fat sour cream. The grated cheese. I don’t eat the beans, or the rice.
It’s DELICIOUS. And I walk away NOT being stuffed like I absolutely guarantee you that everyone else at that table will.
Yet, a couple of hours later at our table at the track, they are going to be ordering desserts. Guaranteed!
Hell NO. I am exactly 3 weeks away from my first year anniversary of going into ‘maintenance.’ I am already/still below that 9/4/13 weight, and the lower I can be a year later, the better I will feel about myself. So NO dessert tomorrow. NOT WORTH IT. Oh, at that point, I might ‘splurge’ and have a single flute of champagne. We’ll see.
So, my friends (old and new)…THAT is how you live in a parallel food universe! Let them eat whatever they want! Me, I’ll eat very healthy ‘primal.’ And I’ll come home, as I always do after a restaurant lunch, and Intermittent Fast through dinner. But because I had no grains, no sugar (except perhaps if I have that single flute of champagne), I won’t be hungry. The protein and fats of the lunch will carry me through to breakfast Friday morning EASILY. THAT is the beauty of eating ‘primal!’ It’s so easy, it’s ridiculous. The food you CAN eat, is so delicious, who would want for anything more? My stomach won’t ache from overeating. I won’t wake up with GERD. Life will be good, and I’ll sleep like a baby tomorrow night.
I GOT THIS.
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Have a GREAT day!
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