My, what a healthy breakfast I just had! Semi-Desperate Housewife put me in the mood for Grape-Nuts with raisins, and so I had a bowl of that and a glass of orange juice. While I was chewing (eating a bowl of Grape-Nuts is a physical and mental commitment), I was thinking about a diet I was on before getting pregnant, which didn't allow cereals that had more than 100 calories per cup. Nor did it allow raisins or other dried fruits. Nor did it allow juice.
I'll tell you this: I'm done with that kind of diet. A diet that doesn't allow GRAPE-NUTS or RAISINS? My goal is "try to eat fewer boxes of Dove ice cream bars per day," so I'm not going along with anything that says dried fruit has too much sugar and is off-limits. I understand that the diet writers don't want people sitting down and eating a whole canister of raisins and wondering why they're not losing weight on this stupid useless diet when they're eating nothing but fruit, but binging on dried fruit is not my problem. My problem is broader than that, and involves foods that do not technically belong to food groups. Going from "non-food-group food" to "food-group food" is a big step for me. Eating Grape-Nuts and raisins is a very good thing indeed, and I don't want to hear boo from a goose about it. Or no, wait: we say boo to the goose. Well, I don't want to hear anyone saying boo to the goose about it, either. This is none of the goose's business.
It seems to me that any diet requires a certain level of customization. I've had diets that allowed certain foods that, as it turns out, I can't handle: if I have a little, I have to have a lot. So even though the diet permits it, I modify it and don't allow that food. More often it's the other way: the diet forbids certain healthy foods that I don't think should be forbidden. If I find I'm struggling with the impulse to eat an entire box of Grape-Nuts at one sitting, I'll reconsider my modifications--but until then, Grape-Nuts are a good food, and I don't feel the urge to eat more than a serving of them, and I don't crave them irresponsibly between meals, and so Grape-Nuts are allowed. Besides, I'm not on a diet right now anyway. So boo to you, diet writers.
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