Friday, April 9, 2010

Too Many Sweets in the Suite

Tonight I hosted clients in my company's luxury suite at Citi Field to watch the Mets.

Watching a professional sporting event in a luxury box is always a great treat - it is like hanging out in your living room with a wall knocked down to watch the live action. No waiting for the hot dog vendor, or the beer man - the fridge is stocked, and the food is laid out before you.

The suite had big trays of chicken wings, hamburgers, chicken filets, and hot dogs. Oh, and there was a nice cheese plate too. So basically, nothing I can eat.

Now, did I want to eat some of that food? In a Pavlovian way, yes. I was at a game, and in a suite, it is the natural thing to do. It was what I have always done, like popcorn at the movies.

Yes, the temptation was there, but was I really craving the taste of meat, or cheese? No, I really don’t think so; it was more the theatre of it all. Actually, although the suite was nice, the food looked to be on par, quality-wise, with the hot dogs and hamburgers found under a heat lamp at a Hardees at 2 A.M.

There was a bowl of fruit salad that I enjoyed, but being in the suite as everyone feasted on baseball fare, and gobbled down beers, I was drawn to snacks. Fistfuls of popcorn, soda and a few handfuls of candy. All in all, it did not reach 12-year-old Halloween night levels, but it was more sugar than I should have ever had! I felt gross shortly after and still do. I was craving a salad! I was craving something healthy! I was pissed I ate so poorly! I had a choice, I could have gone to another level of the stadium and ordered a salad, but I chose to flirt with my former diet sitting in a luxury box. I drank forty gallons of water to offset my less than healthy meal, but I still feel crumby.

It was a good time, and I take it as a positive that I feel gross snacking on 4 fistfuls of popcorn, and 3 handfuls of candy, and a soda (The Department of Weights and Measures has determined that a “fistful” is about 3 oz. more than a “handful”). My body is totally conditioned for nutrient dense food, and any deviation makes me feel awful.

Oh, and the Mets lost – not that I care.


sarah said...

You are funny!

Terrence said...

What do you mean I'm funny?
What do you mean, you mean the way I talk? What? Funny how? What's funny about it? I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to $&*@% amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

Terrence said...

Perhaps with such a large group of female readers on this blog it is a tad risky to constantly quote movie lines! For those not in the know, the quote above is a famous line from "Goodfellas," lest anyone think I was being a jerk to dear Sarah.

Vegan Epicurean said...

Good for you not wanting the meat and cheese. Sugar is a powerful force of nature. I think we all have a little trouble with that one. ;-) It is definitely a good sign that your body didn't react well to it. Sounds like great progress to me!

BTW, I got your movie quote immediately.


Naina said...

Terrence, glad you cleared that up,
I was beginning to think Sarah
had hit a nerve! :)

True for me, I rarely watch movies.

I hope you are feeling better.

Amanda said...

LOVE the Goodfellas reference. When I started ETL, detox was AWFUL. Ever since then, anytime I eat anything like processed food or sugar, I wake up the next day feeling like I had my way with a couple good bottles of pinot noir. Anyone else feel like that?

Vegan Epicurean said...


Sugar does the same thing to me. I have been able to stay away from processed food so I don't know what impact that would have.


Terrence said...

You know, back in the day if I went on a weekend bender, or some week long golf trip to Scotland where I drank the entire time, and then come home to detox for a few days I would get (my friends too) terrible nightmares. I knew it was detox, but not sure how. I think it is sugar related. Last night after my diet akin to an 8 year old, I woke up twice from nightmares yelling for Mama! It is pretty funny, and I am convinced it has something to do with excess sugar in my system -- ill investigate.

But yes, I felt none to good this morning all because I ate candy and popcorn, and yes, even cracker jack. It is tough with my staunch adherence to traditionalism butts against my nutrarianism!

Vegan Epicurean said...

I love caramel popcorn but haven't had it in ages! I hope you enjoyed it enough last night for both of us. ;-) If I can think of someway to make it healthy (in reasonable amounts of course) I will let you know.


garden said...

How do you feel about organically grown produce? Are you striving for that goal, or do you take vegan as it comes? Remember my question about increased sensitivity to what you eat? And correspondingly, emotional responses to what you eat?

garden said...

O.k. right, calling for mama. How do you feel about that?

Terrence said...

Garden: I am all for organically grown produce. Simply put, it tastes better. Now, am I at the stage were I feel a moral obligation not to support the industrial farming complex? No, I am not. However, I am all in favor of the small guy, and if I can, I would rather buy my produce from local farms.

Oh, and I have not problem admitting my nightmares to thousands of people!