There are things in life that are straight up bad.
Parking tickets, cancer, car accidents, athletes foot, pests, the stink eye from the girlfriend of the guy you have a crush on…
All things we want to minimize.
But believe it or not, most people will add “calories” to that list.
Yep, many people think calories are just plain awful. They will make it a hobby to find the lowest calorie anything. They will engage in crazy amounts of physical activity to burn all those pesky calories away. They will spend countless hours researching resturants with the best lowest calorie options only to really graze at the garnish. If you think this sounds exhausting, your right!
I should know; I was one of them.
I don’t know when I got the memo, but it got to a point where I turned it around. I thought to myself, “wait, calories are good….hold the phone…they are delicious!”. I still “cared” about the calories I consumed, but no longer tried to eat the lowest amount possible. We need calories. Without them is like taking our ability to breathe or our ability to blink (I have to now link back to Janetha because she invented breathing and blinking and I wouldn’t want to be arrested from the blog copyright police).
I was in a gelato shop a little while ago. I had a few options. Sorbetto (which is a lower calorie option) and all these other delcious, creamy, gelatos. No doubt the old me would have take the sorbetto. Confident it was the “lowest calorie”option. And at the time I was all, “calories? who needs them!”. But dude, when a gelato shop has fucking nutella hazelnut crunch chocolate gelato????? Look, no fruity sorbetto will stand a chance. And you know what, I realized that I let my true taste be my guide. And that I’m confident the calorie won’t kill me. Hey they might do me some good.
So as I close, I thought I’d list all the wonderful things calories has given me:
- shiny, thick, strong hair
- strong muscles
- a beating heart
- functioning ovaries (I curse this every month, but yea, I’m thankful they work)
- a sex drive (this doesn’t come in handy when getting the stink eye from girlfriends of cute guys I eye-fuck)
- energy to type this post
- energy to move
- the ability to think clearly and be more creative
- my humor (yes, believe it or not, I think when I was deficient of calorie, I was very unfunny. Very pathetic and stoic, like a mannequin)
- Delicious opportunities
What is your defense for calories? Do you try to mimize them? What good have they done for you?