For those of you not in the know, I am a Connoisseur of all things Candy. I'm not talking chocolate here (ick, no!); I'm talking sugary, childish goodness. Blow Pops. Lick-A-Stick. Bottle Caps. Chewy Runts. Skittles (side note: I have tried every flavor of Skittle out there, from spearmint & peppermint, to smoothie, to the "Carnival" variety). The quintessential "kid in the candy store?" Its me.
I've always loved candy, and I have a mouth full of expensive dental work to prove it. I had the opportunity to meet up with an old friend this week while I was in Chicago, and our conversation turned to the horrible things we eat and then shrug off because of our exercise habits (he, too, is a marathoner/triathlete). We should really stop eating things just because their ingestion can be justified by what others deem "unnecessarily extreme" exercise routines. Or should we?
99% of the time, I am a wonderfully healthy eater. No meat, no poultry. Whole grains. Tons of fresh fruit & veggies. Low dairy intake. Occasional alcohol, occasional soda. And then someone will throw me a wrench, like...Christmas Eve, when I'm obligated to make Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Who in their right mind would NOT eat this? "I'll get up and run tomorrow...maybe 5 miles..." and down the hatch it goes.
Is this a type of eating disorder? Dunno. But I do know that if I didn't know my body needed food to function properly, I wouldn't eat half as much as I do. I've never been a big eater, and really, I can't be bothered so much to stop and nourish myself. I'm one of those people who is just waiting for the day when all of our daily nutrients can be ingested in pill form, or better yet, in a stick of gum, Willy Wonka-style: roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy...and blueberry cobbler! Just call me Violet Beauregard!
Other news? T-11 days and counting until race day in Cincinnati. Just got back from a great conference in Chicago with my Summer staff, and totally enjoyed the city. I miss Chicago so much, especially when the weather is so fantastic (74 degrees when we left on Friday!). Plus, I got to reconnect with some high school friends- such fun! 20 year reunion coming up in July (!!!), so I'll definitely have more to write about. In the mean time, have a great week!