This weekend, our kitchen was mostly out of commission. We moved everything that wasn’t nailed down or screwed in (and even some things that were) from the kitchen to the library to make way for our home improvement project. And, although we set things up to cook while we work on our project, we decided to simplify matters “just this once” and go out to eat. (Insert gasp and dramatic pause!)
But why? You ask.
I don’t blame you. It’s the same thing I’ve been asking myself. But, the main one was convenience. When you’re talking about two projects going at once (the make all your own food project and the remodel your kitchen yourself project) It’s just hard to get it all done AND get it all done. So, I thought, “What’s the harm in a few meals out? At this point it’s not likely to bring back old habits.”
As we were piling kitchenware on every available surface in our library, I said as much to Brian, who looked at me askance. He’s just no longer used to me suggesting that we eat out. But, he reluctantly agreed that we might be better off grabbing a meal out and using our productive daytime for working on our remodel and spending time with Mia—rather than all the other kitchen chores that go along with cooking. Plus, the kitchen was about to get really dusty with all that ceiling tile coming down.
We ate two meals out. One at an Italian restaurant and one at a New York style deli. At each place, we ordered your average meal. Pasta with grilled veggies and a side salad was my meal at the first restaurant, Brian and Mia had pizza. A tuna melt on rye for me and a roast beef sandwich for Brian at the second. (Mia ate what we ate.) After each meal, I felt tired, distracted, and physically full but still craving food. It was a familiar feeling. I used to feel this way all the time after eating.
I’ve come to expect that the food I eat will give me a burst of energy. It’s not supposed to make me tired! And, it’s definitely not supposed to fill my head with fog and make me long to be asleep just after noon. I think one of the most important questions you can ask yourself about your diet and health is not whether or not you are following the advice of a government organization, but rather this: How does what you eat make you feel?
Also, I’ve come to this conclusion, and it’s something to chew on with your next meal:
We should feel a boost of energy after we eat or at least we shouldn’t feel drained of energy. When we eat diets that run us down, the so-called food we eat is changing who we are as a species.
I’ve also come to the conclusion that we’ll figure out a way to cook at home while we do this project.