Monday, March 9, 2009

Where's the chain?

I travel a lot for my job. New York, Florida, Texas, California, etc. Road warriors such as myself appreciate the method behind the madness of traveling. We have our special rituals on the road such as the tools we take and the ways we use said tools. One of the most important yet most difficult aspects of the road is sustenance. It's difficult to eat well when you have little idea where you are and what's around. That's where comfort comes into play. You see a Houston's restaurant and you know what you'll get. As you would with a Macaroni grill or even a McDonald's or Chipotle Grill. They're the same whether you're in Anaheim California or Miami Florida. It goes the same for local dining. Find places you know you'll act well...or just cook at home of course (it's easy) Does it mean it's healthy? Maybe, maybe not. But all you need is a bit of discipline. I remember when I was in high school and a friend of mine saw a fat kid and said, and I quote word for word, "Eat a salad you whale...somebody get a harpoon!" Was that a bit cruel? Yes, but spot on I must say.

Anyway, Order what you want to eat and enjoy it, but at least try and order something healthy and when you've worked your way through half the plate, think of that quote and then think again before you polish it off completely and order a chocolate lava cake.

The moral of the story is this...So much in life is self hypnosis and a self-fulfilling prophecy. So get your mind in the right place. Believe it or not, it's a lot simpler than all the books and miracle pills and crazy exercise routines tell you. The solution is not in a book, it's in your mind. Just control yourself. Associate massive amounts of pain with being unhealthy (leads to ridicule, premature health problems, discomfort, etc) and associate massive amounts of pleasure to eating healthy (More energy, more people will like you). And it's not like your making dramatic changes. Just eat half that burrito in stead of all of it. Make a soup and salad for lunch and for the love of god, don't go to the Cheesecake Factory! It's a disgrace!!

Easier said than done, but done, is what it needs to be.