Sometimes I wish I had a TV show where I’d walk around talking to strangers.
Can you see my TV camera?
I’d talk to people from all walks of life. Can you imagine the stories they’d tell? Maybe it wouldn’t make for good visuals on television, but it might make for good blog writing, like today’s topic.
One day while at a grocery store salad bar, I asked the lady behind the counter if they had any cooked chicken to put on my salad. I told her I needed protein for a low carb diet.
That started a twenty minute conversation with an interesting stranger.
“I’m on a no-carb lifestyle,” Nice Grocery Store Lady said (NGSL) . “I haven’t had any carbs for four years.”
Oh Lord. I never thought about doing this diet forever, but should I?
Me: You haven’t had chocolate or pasta in four years?
Me: Really? Not even whole wheat pasta?
Me: Do you eat dairy? Cottage Cheese?
NGSL: No. Cottage Cheese is high in fat. I only eat eggs and sharp cheeses which are lower in fat content.
Me: Wine on special occasion?
I learned she had a very few items on her entire nutrition plan. She’s allergic to fish, so none of that. She only ate three different kinds of fruit due to sugar content. No beef, only pork, chicken and turkey. Did I mention that she actually cooks one meal for her family and another for herself?
As we spoke, I noticed her appearance. She wore a grocery store uniform with a bulky company jacket and visor. She was completely covered other than her face. When she smiled, I noticed sparkling pearl teeth and an exquisitely beautiful face.
NGSL: “I’m on the same lifestyle nutrition plan as Tom Brady.”
Me: Ahh, so you’re really into fitness.
NGSL: Yes, I work out and run a lot.
That explained the strict nutrition plan.
I imagined that the woman would be stunning when dressed up, or even in jeans.
As usual, I went into deep thought about our conversation. On my low carb diet, I eat many more food items than NGSL (I’m eating grapes as I type, and that’s too much sugar). I didn’t have pasta for four months. She hasn’t had it in four years! Should I do what she is doing? If I don’t do what she is doing, am I lazy? Am I a glutton? Why can’t I be that dedicated? Despite the ten pounds I lost, why did I feel like a total failure after talking to her? I still have ten more pounds to go. Forget it, I might as well give up.
My husband said, “No matter what that woman does or doesn’t do, none of us are getting out of here alive.”
Of course, that caused me to dive deeper into thought. If I’m lucky, I might make it another 30 years on this earth. Why should I deprive myself of enjoyable taste sensations for the rest of those years? What’s the point in living?
I asked if she missed any carbs.
NGSL: I never really cared for sweets, but being Italian, pasta was hard for me to give up. I missed it in the beginning, but not anymore. I loved potato chips. I used to eat those by the bag.
Did I detect longing in her voice at the mention of potato chips?
You know, some people travel to far corners of the globe to enjoy life while they’re here. Some people bungee jump and sky dive for excitement in their lives. Some people, like me, enjoy the simple life . . . gathering with family and friends for good food and drink. I affirm, for myself, that my eating habits will stick to moderation, and not to the extreme one way or the other.
This is how I enjoy life. Mom and husband above.
I hope the Nice Grocery Store Lady enjoys her life while she is here, because she ain’t getting out alive.