I wrote last week about how after two years of starving myself for health’s sake, I decided this birthday would be a pig-out day for me, a day when I would leave my angioplasty mandated restricted diet behind and eat the way I did when I was young.
So the day started with my favorite potato chips and a giant chocolate chip cookie that I ate more than a third of. And my day went on to a dinner of what had once been a favorite ethnic food choice for me — Chinese food.
Chinese food is high in sodium and can be high in fat as well depending on the dish. I have not eaten it for almost two years and miss it a great deal since I once had it weekly. So I was determined to drive to a neighboring suburb, to what had been my favorite Chinese take-out place, to get all my old favorites — pork fried rice, Mongolian beef, egg rolls and crap Rangoon.
Ironically enough when we arrived there, we found the place closed, out-of-business. The sign on the door said it had closed at the end of March after 29 years in business! One more casualty of my changing eating habits, I suppose.
I did go to another place and got all those favorites, plus we had a small chocolate birthday cake for dessert. The result was ending my birthday full for the first time in a long, long time.
Unfortunately, that was not the end of my birthday pig-out. The consequences of that day would last another two days and demonstrate why I shouldn’t vary from my new low-fat, low-sodium, low-sugar diet. I’ll tell you more about all that in another post shortly.