“Too much of a good thing will make you sick,” my mother used to say. How can you believe that on Halloween night with a big bag of candy in front of you. Or when you go to the fair and buy that jumbo bag of cotton candy. As children, that logic doesn’t seem to be true until you’ve eaten way to many green apples from the neighbors tree.
I have been very careful since starting my weight-loss journey to eat only small portions of meat. This is a killer for me especially when it come to steak. I LOVE STEAK. You can grill it, sear it, bake it, broil it, or serve it to me TARTAR and I will enjoy every bite. However, on my weight program a portion of lean beef is only 4 oz.
The other night I grilled out some steaks. I picked a lean piece and trimmed off any remaining fat and cut it into a 3 once piece. After we said grace I began to cut very small bites and ate it very slowly. Oh was it good. But soon I was down to my last bite. I reasoned that I had only eaten 3 ounces so I could have a little more. But then the monster came out of me and I began to eat more and more and more of the succulent morsels of beef. When my feeding frenzy was done I had to estimate that I had eaten about 16 ounces not to mention the pieces of fat that I had earlier trimmed off so carefully.
Yes, I felt guilty. Yes, it cost me all my efforts for the last several days. But I was satisfied… for about 15 minutes. Then I noticed I wasn’t feeling too good. My heart seemed to be racing and my stomach went sour. Hours after the meal I was still feeling my intestinal fortitude being challenged. In fact, the next day I was feeling sluggish and gassy (sorry dear!) Could it be that too much of a good thing can really make you sick? Yes, I drove a steak right through my heart!
Once you start cutting down your body will get used to less intake. You don’t need that much meat… only about 4 oz of protein a day are needed to sustain your body. The rest is waisted (get it?)
Thank you, Mom, for you profound wisdom and your patience to deal with those who challenge it.
Dear Lord, Help me keep to curb my desires and be satisfied with less. May I find in you all the nourishment my soul needs. Amen
I’m allergic to food. Every time I eat it breaks out into fat.
~Jennifer Greene Duncan
Your stomach shouldn’t be a waist basket. ~Unknown