There. It's done. I've made the decision. And now I'm going public with it.
I'm giving up bread for chocolate.
Well, bread and potatoes and the occasional rice and pasta dish. (Occasional being a key word here.)
This is not unlike giving up things for Lent. It's related. Sorta. I'm purging myself of the starchy foods things. But I need a tradeoff. I need something in exchange.
You see, now that I'm over 50, I feel I owe it to myself. I can certainly give up some things but I definitely want to get something in return. For example, I can give up a margarta if I can have a mojito in exchange. I can give up the treadmill if I can take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood. It's all steps, right? And I can give up bread if I can still keep the chocolate.
I started thinking about this yesterday when I read an article in More magazine. The woman was in her 60s, looked fabulous, owned her own new-agey type business, and was very happy with her life. She stated, "I mainly eat fish and vegetables." So, I got to thinking...could I live on just fish and vegetables? Maybe protein and vegetables, I thought. That could include fish and chicken and an occasional rib-eye and even nuts, right? Nuts are good for us. Then I realized that that meant no starch. No bread, potatoes, pasta, rice. I'm not a big starchy eater anyway and I thought, hm...perhaps if I too can eat just protein and vegetables, I can be 60 and look fabulous and own my own new-agey business in a dozen years or more. Or maybe just be a fabulous-looking, sixty-something writer.
But I realized one thing. Chocolate is not in the protein and vegetable essential food groups pyramid. So I just decided. I'd give up bread for chocolate. I mean, it's a compromise, right? I give up something, I get something. All evens out in the end, correct?
I'm glad you agree.
I think I'll start a campaign. Anyone care to join me? I may make buttons. "I gave up bread for chocolate."
I like the ring of that.
post script addendum: I totally forgot about ice cream. Yikes! I suppose I'll just have to make all my ice cream choices with chocolate. Whew. That's covered....