No, but I don’t eat like a jerk.
What is Eating Like a Jerk
Eating like a jerk is eating foods that you know destroy your body. I do this sometimes. Not often. But if someone brings me a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the odds are in favor of me eating at least four of those!
I know exactly how bad those donuts are going to make me feel. I knowingly put my body through it. That makes me a jerk. Now, if I could just restrain myself and eat one doughnut, then I won’t feel so bad. It is only eating the one doughnut that’s really hard.
Now, if I could just restrain myself and eat one doughnut, then I won’t feel so bad. It is only eating the one doughnut that’s really hard.
In an effort to avoid this, I simply do not buy the donuts.
The same goes for potato chips. I love potato chips. If I buy a bag, then I eat the bag. That’s why buying potato chips is a special occasion. If I really want them, then, of course, I can have them. I don’t have Nurse Ratched standing over me dictating what I can and cannot eat. (Nurse Ratched in your case might be a restrictive diet.) I know the difference between really wanting the chips, and just wanting a salty snack.
If I really want them, then, of course, I can have them. I don’t have Nurse Ratched standing over me dictating what I can and cannot eat. (Nurse Ratched in your case might be a restrictive diet.) I know the difference between really wanting the chips, and just wanting a salty snack.
What is Restrictive Dieting
Restrictive dieting, in my opinion, is any diet plan (diet here is defined as eating pattern) that puts unnecessary restrictions on your menu.
By this definition, I think that vegetarianism, veganism, Paleo, Atkins, low carb, high carb, raw food, and God knows what else is out there is a restrictive diet.
Vegetarians and vegans tend to have a moral conviction that prevents them from eating animal products. I cannot argue with moral conviction. I completely support people who do not consume animal products on a moral ground.
However, if you are going into veganism or vegetarianism just to lose weight, you will find that you will have a hard time, and you will probably fall off the wagon.
Unlike vegetarianism and veganism, the Paleo and Atkins diet are not fueled by moral conviction. So, you are taking things out of your diet that you love just because it might make you lose weight. There is only anecdotal evidence to support that Paleo and Atkins are healthy diet choices.
Why I Call Myself an Anthropological Eater
To better understand where I’m coming from, you have to understand that I’m an anthropological eater.
I have never heard anyone else ever call themselves in anthropological eater, so if you’ve never heard of this before, you are not alone.
I started calling myself an anthropological eater when I realized that food for me was a community event. A cultural event.
While I do not like to eat a lot of meat, while I do not like to eat meat that is attached to the bone, while I do not buy boxed macaroni and cheese, I would happily eat these things in someone else’s home without complaint or without explanation about my “diet regimen”.
If someone has taken the time to make a home-cooked meal full of foods that I would not normally eat or if they’ve simply taken the plastic wrap off of a Hungry Man frozen dinner in honor of my visit, I will smile, I will say thank you, and I will eat what they’ve made for me for dinner.
We have a certain amount of time on this planet. We have a certain amount of minutes with each person that we ever come into contact with. If someone sacrifices some of their minutes to you by making a meal for you, I believe it would be in poor taste to give them a speech about how cooking with lard is unhealthy or that you don’t like collard greens or whatever.
I don’t think that being in someone’s home is the right time to exercise “the I do not eat this because” muscle.
What It Comes Down To
It comes down to this:
I do not consume a lot of dairy, because it makes me break out.
I do not consume soda, because I gave it up when I was 15 and lost 15 pounds of sugar/water weight. Giving up soda also increase the quality of my sleep.
I only count calories when my body feels funny. So if I find that I am groggy or moody, I start tracking my calories. Nine out of 10 times when I’ve tracked my calories after having a mood shift, I see that I have consumed too little calories and that I have not hit my macros.
I do not buy candy on a regular basis. If I want something sweet, then I make it myself. And I have worked very hard over the past years to cultivate a set of taste buds that will acknowledge a fruit smoothie or a bowl of warm oatmeal with maple syrup as candy.
Disclaimer here: this doesn’t mean that I do not by Justin’s peanut butter cups, because I do. I just don’t buy the monthly. It is a rare occasion.
I practice mindful eating.
If you’re interested in learning more about mindful eating, I highly recommend you read Savor by Thich Naht Hanh. I’m also working on writing a book about this myself.