Some of these topics on the board got me thinking... I crave a lot of stuff these days because I can't eat them -- at least my Dr. says to stay away after test results revealed type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Living with my family keeps me in line in terms of eating healthy because I'm usually too busy to cook myself and my folks only cook "diet" food. I attempted to cook several times a month and introduce REAL food into the mix, but the Chow Police promptly tossed anything "unhealthy". I know the usual cooks are trying really hard to make the food tasty, but every day I find myself musing on the perfect scheme to sneak forbidden foods. I don't get to do this often because I'm so busy (last time it was a clandestine visit to KFC, and that was over a month ago).
I miss the days of living alone and making my own rules -- but that is what got me those test results. Now I get home to dinner being prepared by the Chow Police and attempt to enjoy it because I know its good for me. But I end up in front of the TV salivating at the food commercials. My only consolation: I am saving up the $$ and trying to better my health so someday I can enjoy living a life of chowishness without worry.
But still... I dream of all the meals and foods being discussed on these boards. I know there are a lot of vegetarian/healthy options on menus these days, but those things just don't cut it for me. And for those who might respond along the lines of "once in a while does not affect blood sugar/cholesterol/weight" -- it does for me. I'm 5' 2", 140 lbs., and visit the gym at least 4x a week -- but every time I sneak food or dine out, it shows in test results and in the scale over the next few days.
I just wonder if other Chowhounds are also fighting this battle...