Sunday, August 12, 2007

Gluttony


I am really disgusted by gluttony. It isn’t just the people driving 6 MPG Hummers, but more the people who take food gluttony to a whole new level. There are Super Size offers everywhere.

Pie eating contests are really disgusting. Nathan’s Hot Dogs in Coney Island have an annual eating contest. There are oyster bars that have contests. There are also all you can eat establishments. There are steak houses that give you a prize if you can eat a 72 ounce steak. There is a place in Seattle that has 12 egg omelets on the menu. Also, an all you can eat menu isn't a challenge.

Meals that are this large are not only unhealthy and unnatural; they are grotesque and prey on human greed and create a culture of gluttony. What possible reason could there be for this sort of thing? I know the NASCAR crowd thinks I'm crazy for saying this, but knock it off you pigs.

11 Comments:

Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I was going to comment, but I'm on my way out the door to the All You Can Eat at the Indian Casino.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

You are right, of course. However, I'm thinking you've never had a weight problem. There are SO many issues involved in those of us who overeat, you almost have to have had the problem to understand it. I didn't realize how much we were eating until Cliff had open heart surgery; in an effort to start eating properly I found out what we'd been doing to ourselves.

Honestly, if a person wants to really eat properly, he'd never eat out. At best, everything is sodium-filled. Not to mention fats, trans-fats, and all that junk.

We still eat out, though, at least once a week.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Guy - and you ate where last night?
I think Donna is right, never eat out.

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Lori, you'll pay for it one way or another.

Donna, yes I have had weight problems in the past, and still feel I'm a bit of a roller coaster. I pick up winter weight and take it off during the summer, but at least my pants size is no longer getting larger. I was a 36 waist while fit in my 20s and I'm a 38 waist now.

Auntie, We went to the Silver Salmon last night. Someone gave me a gift certificate that was about to expire and my wife's son wanted to take her out for her birthday. The portions were way too big, very little greenery on the plates unless you call a sprig of rosemary or some sprigs of basil greenery. My glucose was almost off the scale this morning. We rarely eat out. Lately its only been when we are on the road for medical appointments. We did have a great steak at the County Fair.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Jaggy said...

Okay, Mr. Guy, I'll bite today. I absolutely agree about the gluttony getting out of hand.

My only qualm with your post: Not every NASCAR fan is into gluttony. My family might be considered a NASCAR family, but I've never seen my father drink or drive too fast or anything that a "typical NASCAR fan" might do. We'd all love it if the cars ran on biofuel and synthetic tires. The sport needs to evolve.

As for gluttony in my regular life, the only thing I have too much of anymore is pictures. My family is in the process of purging all unnecessary items in the hopes of moving soon. I'm the biggest pack-rat, and yet my entire life's possessions fit in one 10x11 room with plenty of living space.

Oh, and I have a hard time eating more than 1500 Calories in one day anymore (unless I'm working on donuts, then the sugar will probably kill me anyway). The kid's meals are just about the right size for me.

10:50 AM  
Blogger LeLo in NoPo said...

A few years back I read a book about a guy exploring the seven deadly sins. When it came to gluttony what he wrote about the restaurant Claim Jumper was shocking. You order a slice of cake and you get a whole cake. A slice of pie is an entire pie. I don't get the believe that more = better. What if that chocolate cake tastes horrible? What's the point? Ugh.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

Gambling and face-stuffing, two things I'm totally not doing!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Since returning to 'The States' to live, I find I can no longer eat what's considered a "normal" portion here. So used to other countries (most anyway) where portions are smaller. Even places that serve what seem to be endless meals generally serve multiple small servings compared to the USA:)

9:08 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Lets cut the bull and get down to the bottom line.
I'm in total agreement with Guy Smiley about the gluttony.
Look it up in the bible. Its a sin.
But we are mixing subjects here when we talk about gluttony and diet.
In 99.99% of people overweight the reason is laziness. Guy points this out in his comments about annual fluctuation.
My weight follows a similar pattern.
At 49 years old, I am in the best shape of my life. Why? Because I spring into action each and every day and often burn more calories than I consume.
This life is not a "Dress rehersel".
What is your hope for todays unmasking?
Will you spend the day masturbating, watching Judge Judy, talking on the phone, what???
Here's my suggestion:
Eat anything and everything that your heart desires just like I do. Then go back for 2nds, 3rds, 4ths etc.... Then get to work and work HARD like your life has meaning.
Set your shoulder to the road and MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
Push! Then push harder & harder!
Eat all you want; enjoy work all you want!
:-)

10:04 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Gearhead, you are one of the busiest people I've ever met. And you'll probably out live us all.

Mike, you are a grazer, eh?

Lori, you started it ; P

Lelo, the Claim Jumper is totally disgusting. Each meal could feed a family of ten.

Jaggy, The Nascar qualifier was because I recently saw some eating contest and a few of the contestants were wearing NASCAR shirts or hats. This made me associate bad gluttonous behavior with that crowd. Like likes like...

6:18 AM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

Guy, I could have written this. And I could skip a few meals. But we do not do fast food. If we eat out, it's generally Subway. The kids get four Happy Meals a year. They don't know what Burger King, Wendy's, Jack in the Box or any of the others taste like, because they've never had them.

At home: Pretzels, not chips. It goes beyond eating out. Have you looked at people's shopping carts? I wouldn't care except I'm tired of people saying it's their "genes" when those genes have remained at a steady percentage in the human population, even though the people claiming to have them has skyrocketed.

I've been a vegetarian since 1990, and if I hadn't done that, I'd be far more overweight than the 20 pounds I am now. Right off the bat, that helps a lot. If I could give up cheese, I'd also be in better shape.

What bothers me even more is that we are so wasteful, both in the excess we consume and what we throw away, and so many people do not have enough to eat.

There are numerous "fat acceptance" organizations out there, but forget it. We need to stop pretending that fat is okay, obese is beautiful and being enablers to this addiction. I am currently trying to get back into shape, and I know what it takes, joined that gym and I actually go, and after 40 it just sticks and sticks. But no excuses or wanking from me. I got these hips with too many sweets and have nobody to blame but me.

6:56 PM  

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