Gateway Foods: The Slippery Slope of 'Just a Bite'
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: Primal
Experiment: Intentional Power Outage
are coming and with them the food. Maybe with Halloween
come and gone, the season is already upon you in your social/work/family
circles. Beyond the actual meals themselves, there are the umpteen
parties, open houses, potlucks, lunches, brunches, happy hours,
coffee hours, bake sales, soup suppers, and bazaars as well
as the continual conveyer belt of office/shop/home display of every
sweet and savory (mostly sweet) treat known to humankind. As fun
as it all is, the holidays can be a seasonal equivalent of the Bermuda
Triangle a festively decorated abyss where good intentions
get swallowed along with the latest Martha Stewart recipe.
We Primal types
bring both common sense and the reasonable 80/20
Principle to the holiday season (as any other occasion). We
partake moderately and selectively. We use ingenuity and well cultivated
Primal taste to create (or adapt) our own choice holiday delicacies.
In short, we have no problem enjoying the party. Were just
rarely the ones with the proverbial lampshade on our heads at the
end of the buffet table, so to speak. We can enjoy our favorite
dishes without chucking every goal and standard we have for our
health. Nonetheless, even those of us with the most stalwart wills
and number of years under our Primal belts wisely steer clear of
a few foods out of sheer sensibility.
Most of us
have at least one. Im talking about those foods you know
in your heart of hearts (and maybe hard experience) can send you
down a slippery slope. Maybe its the taste, the plain
sugar rush, or the emotional association. Whatever the source of
temptation, its a Pandoras Box better left undisturbed.
Primal so long that I dont get conventional cravings
much. Even when I indulge and have a few bites of really good pie
or bread once in a while, Im no worse for the wear. When Im
done with the piece, Im done. That was delicious. Case closed.
Some foods, however, are more problematic. For me, its
Ben & Jerrys Cherry Garcia ice cream. (Yes, there
it is.) Ice cream was a relic of my extreme training days, and theres
just something about Cherry Garcia. A little too easily turns into
a lot. I find its just better to stay away.
mind wandering to any particular foods now? It seems the holidays
are a common time for their appearance or maybe omnipresence.
Theyre the foods that once tasted, beckon you to keep coming
back. (You can just hear that apple strudel calling you
More than just good, more than just run of the mill tempting, theyre
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November 17, 2011
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