A Fool of Myself

#73: The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.

I read somewhere a million years ago that skinny people have very boring eating habits and generally eat the same things every day, that most people have a stable of less than 15 foods that they eat every week, and that we need to diversify our diets to get the most nutrients. These stats came to mind today as I wrote out my grocery list, which I have memorized. Why? Well, except for dinner, I eat the same thing every day. And, heck, even my dinners rotate between instant oatmeal, mac and cheese, salmon and rice, and eggs and waffles. So unless I’ve cooked the week before or am planning a meal for the upcoming week, my grocery list rarely strays from these 15 items:

  1. Honey-roasted turkey breast from the deli
  2. Provolone cheese from the deli
  3. Granny Smith apples
  4. Pineapple tidbits and mandarin orange fruit cups
  5. Fiber One bars (chocolate and peanut butter)
  6. Instant oatmeal
  7. Diet Coke
  8. Fat-free Fig Newtons
  9. Orange juice
  10. Skim milk
  11. Whole-grain bread
  12. Almonds*
  13. V8
  14. Salmon
  15. Whole-grain rice
  16. Baked Cheetos*

* These items aren’t on the list every week, but show up just when I’m running low.

The list above seems uber healthy to me, and it drives my hubby crazy because he is a snackaholic and loves to munch. You’ll never find the five items below (most of which the hubby loves) on my grocery list because I, too, love to munch and these are too much of a temptation to keep in the house:

  1. Dark chocolate M&M’s
  2. Oreos (any variety)
  3. Twizzlers
  4. Honey-roasted peanuts
  5. Nutter Butters

Not to say that I never buy those items, but I rarely allow munchies like those above in my house because I eat them nonstop until they’re gone. I know I’m a creature of habit, but I think my daily eating routine makes eating healthy easier.

“The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.” — Jules Renard

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