As I continue with Attempting to Live the Pyramid - after my Thanksgiving Day sojourn, wherein I indulged in a few more than 2000 calories - I have realized it doesn't make for the most interesting writing. I am not a health food writer, and I find it leads into a sort of writing, talking, and living, which I absolutely hate: excuse-making. Even things which sound like excuse-making drive me crazy "I just couldn't make it to the gym because . . . I couldn't eat well because we were at this restaurant . . . I can't exercise because . . . I can't eat lots of vegetables because . . ." The answer to all of these things is, of course, laziness. And I will only speak for myself here. I am the sort of person who will say "I can't face the gym today because I have an article due and I have to work." Does it matter that said article is already written and I have a 4 hour window before I have to go to work? Not at all. I'm just being honest.
That being said, I am going to continue in my quest, and I might offer more updates. I might even write a sidebar blog on the subject, which will probably be more personal but hopefully will not deteriorate into whiny excuses. Healthy living is a choice. Exercise is a choice. Just as responsible eating - local sourcing when possible, the eating of happy animals, etc. - is a choice and takes time to develop, so does the habit of healthy eating. I can't even imagine trying to go from the "typical" American diet of processed, packaged dinners and fast food to a diet composed of fresh, natural meals. It is hard enough to transition from eating fresh, natural meals packed with fat and not enough veggies to a diet focused on whole grains and vegetables!
All of this aside, I am, after all, a food writer, one focused on the best things available in the city of Columbus, and that doesn't always mean which restaurant has the best salads. To that end, I will provide periodic updates on my transition into a 5 cups of veggies a day sort of person, but I won't bore you with it on a daily basis, at least not here. Many of you have asked what software I have been using to calculate my daily intake: a friend pointed me to the very helpful Fit Day website, which I have been using and will continue to use. I will keep you posted on the updates as I get back to the task at hand.