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Where I Am in Life is in My Food

Updated on March 12, 2015
This is NOT me
This is NOT me

A secret

about me that you, my valued-followers have never known (until this reading) is phenomenal if you think about it because my secret involves you too. Ta, da!

I found out that if a stranger were to ever wonder about where I belong in life, all they would have to do is watch the foods I eat. You can argue with me until sundown, but this is a subliminal social fact. I am so shocked that I do not know what to say next.

A tasty dish of calamari
A tasty dish of calamari

Calamari is really squid

This fact

hit me while on a family vacation in St. Augustine, Florida in the summer of 1995. I had never tried calamari, so I begged my wife and daughter for us to have dinner at an Olive Garden one night of our vacation.

And two days later, my request was fulfilled. The Olive Garden (at that time) in St. Augustine was a paradise for people who love food. We were all dressed "fit to kill." I do not know why. I am who I am wherever I am. But I was brought a plate of calamari and I proceeded, with some pessimism, to take a bite.

"What am I doing?" I asked my wife.

"Eating calamari," my wife replied as she mastered a fork wound-tight with a delicious noodle.

"Tastes like an eraser on a No. 2 pencil." I said and immediately stopped eating my calamari.

That set-off a long thought process of why was I even eating this food that was foreign to my colon? I am by my background a "meat and potatoes" man. Now does my headline make any sense to you?

I remember living in abject poverty when I was a kid. My dad was a sharecropper and mom stayed home to tend to the household duties. For meals, we ate vegetables. No meats to speak of. And sometimes, we ate whatever we could borrow from neighbors.

And after my dad good himself a good-paying job as a machinist a few years later, we still ate the same foods as we had eaten in poverty. Shouldn't we have adjusted our food choices by my dad's new job and more income?

This man is binging
This man is binging

Folks, this is

my breakfast and dessert after dinner. It is healthy and has the necessary nutrients that my body needs. And yes, it tastes great.

This used to be me

in years past. I went on this drastic diet in 1981 and lost 80 pounds, but I didn't lose the weight in a healthy manner. I only ate once a day and took a very strong diet pill at 10 a.m. every day and drank water all day long.

But at certain times, I would find myself binging on whatever food was in the house. Chips, cookies, sandwiches. It did not matter for food was what I craved. After my binge was over, I returned back to the drastic dieting to "repent" for the binging--and this was a perpetual event that I kept active until one day I discovered that I had damaged my nerves so badly, they never healed. And even today, my hands shake uncontrollably, but not as much as they once did.

This, although was a tough lesson, taught me that dieting is fine if we diet wisely, but what I did to lose weight was nothing more than foolish.

This "is who I am"

a burger and friends guy. Only when my wife and I eat-out. I look at this food item as my "reward" for honoring my personal commitment to losing some weight in order to live a more-healthy life.

Another secret I have uncovered, besides the main fact of "what we eat says who we are," is that when I intentionally eat as slowly as possible, I am full quicker and do not have to inhale the rest of my cheeseburger.

Am I ashamed of the place I am in life? Sometimes. I am human. Fact is, if I were to eat the foods that Donald Trump eats on a daily basis, I would not be happy.

I have never been a happy hypocrite.


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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I agree with you about eating right and balanced. I eat two light meals a day. Breakfast and dinner. No snacks to speak of, but the steroids I take and get in my pain shots are causing me to retain a lot of water and that makes me feel worse than the Fibromyalgia that I endure.

      But life goes on.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      It's important to eat right and keep it balanced. Thanks for sharing about yourself, Kenneth!

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear, dear Elsie,

      Thank you and bless you for . . .

      Your great wisdom.

      And your Great comments.

      And for being my Friend.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Enjoyed reading this article.

      All too true, we are what we eat, crash diets are no good for anyone.

      I eat everything only in moderation, never put on weight and now in my seventies I'm healthy and happy.

      Can still wear the clothes I had forty years ago and they fit me perfect.

      Just be happy and laugh, you will find you enjoy eating and you will not worry about your weight, as you said eat your food slowly, that's the answer.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, bravewarrior,

      Thank you, sweet friend, for your enlightened advice in your comment. I agree with what you said, and now days I DO NOT indulge. At all. I eat until I am satisfied and I quit. Thank God.

      I published this to see if anyone else had noticed the food we eat tells the world where and what station we are in life.

      Just my thinking.

      Stay safe.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Moderation is the key. Color-coordinating your meals gives you what Mother Nature intended. There's no problem with falling off the wagon. Sometimes you can excuse the wagon by incorporating whole grains, organic veggies, fruits, eggs, and dairy to compensate.

      We can still enjoy our indulgences by eliminating or substituting better choices for the condiments and breads. That's where the devil lies: GMO laden foods, period. That's pretty much it. Some fats are good. Chemically engineered foods are not. Period.