I’m not a vegetarian, but I eat like one…

This is the answer I give to most who ask me the question…

On January 18th, I started eating to live instead of eating to lose weight and I can honestly say that it was the best decision I have made.

The details may shock some and most of my friends have given me their defensive rebuttals but I understand why.  Everything we know about food in this country has been “spoon fed” to us by a corrupt government and the mis-informed media.
Why do I love the way I eat?  Here’s why:

  • It’s inexpensive
  • I feel fulfilled most of the time
  • I forgive myself if I slip (aka eat meat or processed food)
  • I have a lot more energy
  • I bond with my kid (the vegetarian) through food
  • I look great!

The last bullet wasn’t meant to brag.  Realistically, I’ve lost a few pounds, but the combination of having more energy, more freedom, and more “glow”, gives me a certain level of confidence no scale ever could.

I’ll keep you posted in future posts; revealing more and more, but first let me make the following food reading recommendations:

Eat to Live (thank you Jackie!)
Food Politics
Vegetarian Perspectives: Is Something Really Missing?

Just Salad…Yeah Right

I had some time to spare between appointments in the City today.  I was, in my opinion, in the worst part of town; the garment district…UGH.  The choices are dismal for someone looking to find just a salad.  After almost fainting from hunger in Lord and Taylor, I decided to just zig zag my way to my next stop until I found some place that was “nude foodie” friendly. 

As destiny would have it, I spotted from half a block away a sign that read “Just Salad“.  I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.  Being the jaded New Yorker that I am, I was slightly skeptical as I neared the entrance thinking, “Please God don’t let it be a dump.”  He was listening (cue the angelic voiced singers…).

OK so let’s skip to the reality of what this place is…it’s a salad bar; the kind where the servers throw everything you want into a container and toss or chop the salad, toppings and dressings for you…the end.  I have worked in Soho for the past 11 years so this is nothing new to me, BUT….
Here’s the Facebook (via Twitter) exchange that ensued while eating my delicious “greens and beans”:

Me: Why would u name a place Just Salads??? U know ur gonna add soup and wraps to the menu!
AJ: Jedi mind trick
Me: The Jedi Mind Trick should have been to name the place “Just Steaks”

It is funny isn’t it??  Is it just shortsightedness or wishful thinking to name a place with the word “Just” at the beginning?

All in all, the salad was great and I pretended not to be tempted by the wraps, soups and chips.  Thank God they didn’t sell cookies and cakes to accompany the “just” salad. 

Hmmm maybe the word “just” is being used as an adjective!! That must be it!