September 20, 2007

Vice Grip

When we moved in mid-August, I found myself face-to-face with one of my single greatest fears - there was no handy-dandy Dunkin Donuts on my route to work. You'll recall, it was my morning stop for years. Well, gone are the days in which donuts figured prominently in my life. This development triggered some part of my brain that was previously blocked by vanilla cream or lemon filling - the will to be healthy.

I'm not fat. I'm not even heavy. For years, everyone told me that I could stand to put on a few pounds. Over the past couple of years, I've done just that for any number of reasons - age, lack of exercise, and, of course, the damn donuts.

Once I completed the 12-step Donut Anonymous program, embraced a higher dietary power and begged the forgiveness of others for my culinary transgressions, I did something amazing - I decided to change my diet.

Each morning, I eat a high-protein breakfast or, at the least, a protein bar, and a radically downsized cup of coffee. Instead of eating nothing for lunch, I eat a salad. Dinner has always been the one meal I've done right but the after dinner hours - the Fat and Sugar Zone of Terror - have changed quite a bit. Gone are the pints of Ben & Jerry's. Instead, a bottle of Vitamin Water and a cookie, piece of chocolate or some of Mia's applesauce hit the spot.

It's kind of a struggle. And I have my off-the-rails moments. Yesterday, I hit the grocery store for a load of bread. I exited with four chocolate bars, some jelly beans, cookies, and pita chips in addition to the bread. Yet, to be fair, the chocolate was (mostly) for Beth and the only thing I ate yesterday evening was half a bag of the pita chips. So, that's something, right?

My vices keep disappearing. Any suggestions on new, less destructive ones I should pick up? What are your vices?

Posted by Chris at September 20, 2007 7:09 AM

Oh sure, I can't seem to get it right and you're healthy by *accident* :P Good on ya, though.

Posted by: Heather at September 20, 2007 8:02 AM

I thought you guys only moved a few miles? Certainly Dunkin' Donuts isn't THAT far out of the way...

Posted by: Alissa at September 20, 2007 8:05 AM

I think you already share another vice with me....obsessive book buying...we seriously put an order in for books ( or about once every 10 days....and we always set OUT to buy just a couple of books each...but the internet grabs hold of us...and thing you know, there are 10 books on their way by the end of the week. I suppose it could be worse...we could be ordering crack.

Posted by: wn at September 20, 2007 8:16 AM

Sunflower Seeds and Lemon Drops. Not that they are my vices but that is what I turn to when I am trying to be healthier.

Posted by: William at September 20, 2007 8:20 AM

My food vices? Since going vegan (OK, mostly vegan -- it's for health reasons, not "I refuse to eat animals" reasons, so I feel free to indulge in, say, really good Mexican food once a month or so), my main food vices have been sesame oat bran sticks and Chipotle tostadas. My REAL vices? Scrapbooking! Yeah, it's a girl thing, I know. But I've got to do SOMEthing with all the photos I take!

Posted by: Michelle at September 20, 2007 8:27 AM

Lines of coke. Then you can resume your old eating habits, and weight won't be a problem.

Posted by: statia at September 20, 2007 8:35 AM

Are you kidding me? The name of my blog is "Everything I Like Causes Cancer", for Pete's sake! I am the Queen of Vices . . . smoking, wine, laying in the sun all summer, fast food, chocolate, red meat.

Posted by: Gwen at September 20, 2007 8:47 AM

What are my vices? Are you kidding me? I named my blog "Everything I Like Causes Cancer", for Pete's sake! I am the Queen of Vices . . . smoking, the sun, fast food, chocolate, caffeien, wine.

Posted by: Gwen at September 20, 2007 8:52 AM

I think statia's on to something.

Posted by: Fraulein N at September 20, 2007 9:07 AM

Let's see, new vices...


how about...

Home Shopping Network?

Posted by: Candy at September 20, 2007 9:08 AM

Chocolate milk. I drink a couple of large glasses a day. Whole, if possible.

One part of me says that's bad. The other part says it beats the hell out of ho-hos and zingers.

Posted by: Brad at September 20, 2007 9:26 AM

I'm in the process of replacing Dr Pepper with Vitamin Water in my life. It's going well, despite years of addiction.

My biggest vice these days, which I cannot in good conscience recommend to anyone, is World of Warcraft.

Posted by: Kelly at September 20, 2007 9:29 AM

Ridiculously decadent food.
Dr. Pepper.
Cookbooks (see Vice #1).
The potential for a great blowdry.


Posted by: Pammer at September 20, 2007 9:35 AM

Food vice - MT DEW!! it courses through my veins, more so than blood I think. Other (non-food) vice - the's sad really. lol

Posted by: Kris at September 20, 2007 9:49 AM

Well, it probably will sound excessive, but squeezing some exercise in allows you to have your vice and eat it too! Also, I find that if I take the time to walk, run or do something else active, the craving for bad food often goes away. I also sleep better!

Posted by: sarah at September 20, 2007 9:55 AM

i cant deal without Multigrain Tostitos and salsa. its my most favorite snack. thankfully the salsa isnt too unhealthy. my husband likes to hit the ben & jerry's hard too. hes not fat and i cant stand that he can eat ice cream and stuff and not gain weight. i can take a small spoonful and gain 5 pounds. oh and as for Vitamin Water, which I love, have you tried the Acai-Blueberry-Pomegranate??? so good. that stuff is the shiz.

Posted by: madmom at September 20, 2007 10:00 AM

Well, I would suggest you turn to sex, but apparently you already have.

Posted by: sue at September 20, 2007 10:39 AM

Two of my former vices tottered over the edge into addictions, which complicated things for awhile, but resulted in an extraordinary amount of insight, self-awareness, and the ability to laugh at people who wail about the 'tragedy' of their flat tire or the 'heartbreak' of athlete's foot.

Coffee is the major vice these days. I drink a venti-rific amount every morning to offset the granola breakfast. Two great tastes that taste great together (sorry Reese's).

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at September 20, 2007 10:54 AM

100-calorie packs of cookies.
lets me have dessert...but for me, since i never know when to stop, it sets a limit. it's perfect!

Posted by: ali at September 20, 2007 11:13 AM

Coffee, in large amounts throughout the day. Oh yeah, and I get ice cream once a week, trashy Thursday, which means I get to watch really bad TV (Survivor) and have a small bowl of ice cream.

Posted by: Shannon at September 20, 2007 11:17 AM

I never liked coffee up until about a year ago. Now it has replaced my Dr Pepper habit. But it can't be just Folgers or Maxwell House. It has to be the gourmet stuff. And if it's made in a french press, then that's even better. A bit of a snob about it I am.....

Posted by: Kyle I at September 20, 2007 11:47 AM

Red wine; coffee; an addiction to bravotv all day marathons, especially topchef but I'll watch all the rest of their shows in a pinch; blog reading at work;

Posted by: Clare at September 20, 2007 11:49 AM

My vice is ice cream. I can easily finish off a pint in one sitting, and probably could eat more if I allowed myself a larger carton. I actually think that I could eat an entire Ben and Jerry's Vermonster single-handedly, except that I really don't like nuts on my ice cream. This is why I try not to keep any in the house.

A less destructive vice? I'm at a loss on that one.

Posted by: Stephanie at September 20, 2007 12:31 PM

Oh, I'm very good at this!

Breakfast every day is a south beach high-protein cereal bar (cinnamon raisin, preferably) - tasty and filling - with one regular cup of coffee, sugar free cream and two sugar substitutes.

Lunch is my downfall. I try to stick to Lean Cuisine heat up meals but end up going out with the office folks 2 or 3 days a week. I only operate off of cash, and I start the week with a limited amount to keep my spending and eating out down.

If I eat a LC meal, I get hungry mid-day - enter the 100 calorie pack of choice which tides me over until dinner. Now that I'm living alone, more often than not, it's cereal, but I eat the good, nutritious stuff, not super ultra chocolate sugar loaded stuff.

Sweets are my downfall, so I try to keep pre-packaged quantities around - individually wrapped work best. Sometimes for dessert I have a 100 calorie cup of ice cream or yogurt (with sprinkles, just for fun).

Posted by: Emily at September 20, 2007 1:17 PM

I think we could all use MORE vices.

I could never go for the downsized cup of coffee. Unless, that is, I could substitute it for beer.

Posted by: Lefty at September 20, 2007 2:11 PM

My main vice right now are Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Frappuccinos.....venti of course.

Being a girl I have a purse addiction and also a book addiction.

Posted by: kali at September 20, 2007 2:17 PM

Eating Healthy on accident?! I wanna have that happen to me, lolol. Can I get rich on accident to?? LMAO

My Vices... I only ever had 2 really. Smoking...which I gave up 4 years ago and Coffee. And if anyone tries to take my coffee away they might lose a limb...or at the very least a few fingers, lol.

Posted by: Tammy at September 20, 2007 3:41 PM

With my addiction to bacon, I will never be able to eat healthy. But I eat all day in mostly small portions and TRYING not to eat much after 8 p.m. if I can help it.

I don't have a vice as I indulge in everything. Just in a small amount. Aside from sugar, bacon, and blogging, I really don't have any other addiction...heh.

Posted by: oakley at September 20, 2007 3:42 PM

My dietary vices...they are LEGION! Empty carbs of a stunning variety. Things that crunch. Kettle chips. Cereal and cold milk. Oh, how I love thee, Captain Crunch! I discovered cashews when I was doing Atkins and now I cannot stop. A handful of cashews and a glass of Pinot at the end of the day. entire can of cashews and three glasses of Pinot. Even better! In preparation for my reunion, I have limited my wine intake to weekends only...usually Saturday night. Nothing during the week. Also? Those Quakes (tiny, flavored rice cakes that are supposed to contain fewer calories)? Fabulous if you only eat one serving at a time. Deathly if you eat the entire package. I need help.

Posted by: wordgirl at September 20, 2007 6:09 PM

Vices.... hmmmm..... let's see. I get my nails done pretty religiously and have been doing so since 1999. But only clear. No color. I just like a nice, neat gel coat over my natural nails.

And I make my own trail mix that I take to work, because I don't eat enough protein/meat, so it's the perfect lunch replacement. Homemade trail mix is SOOO much better than store bought. Sure unsalted pecan halves and whole jumbo cashews are unGodly expensive, but hey, it makes better trail mix.

And I thank God every day that Dunkin Donuts is not on my way to work, or else I'd have to have a large coffee with cream & sugar daily. That stuff is gooooooooood.

Posted by: coolchick at September 20, 2007 7:32 PM

My vice is sleeping. If I let myself, or more accurately, if I had more free time, I could sleep and sleep. I think this is a pretty harmless vice, as bad habits go. In my early 20s, I went through a sad time, and instead of drinking myself into oblivion or doing something self-destructive, I slept. A lot.

But with little Mia and another little one on the way, maybe sleeping is not the most practical for you, huh?

Posted by: Librarian Girl at September 20, 2007 8:13 PM

Lattes are definitely my most major vice. And now I'm really craving a donut.

Posted by: angela at September 20, 2007 8:35 PM

I've been dying to find someone that drinks Vitamin water. I want to know if it's good. What does it taste like?

Posted by: Peggy at September 20, 2007 9:34 PM

being a diabetic, anything that may taste good is a potential vice. Before diagnosis, I kept Ben & Jerry in business in RI. Without question my long standing vice has been diet soda.

People tell me all the time, "it's worse for you than regular soda" but I don't see how that is possible since there are 14 table spoons of table sugar in regular soda. If diet soda was worse for you due to this, then I would have been dead on the floor from a diabetic seizure long ago.

I also used to be a big fan of coffee from Dunkin' but once they started their, "America Runs on Dunkin'" campaign...I was all done. I now brew my own, or go to Tim Horton's in a pinch.

This passion wagon runs on Diet Dr. Pepper or homebrew.

Dateline or the Today show recently did a story on Vitamin Water. I forget what the outcome was but I'm sure it's on the web somewhere.


Posted by: JJ at September 20, 2007 11:50 PM

I have so many vices. Cigarrettes, red wine, chocolate, shoes, lipstick --- thank god I'm not into porn or else I would be a total loss.

But I like pie more than anything.

Posted by: Chantel at September 21, 2007 12:08 AM

lattes and the internet!

Posted by: kimblahg at September 21, 2007 12:23 AM

Other than favoring Italian and Mexican cuisine, I don't think I have any food vices at the memoment. I think I lost them almost two years ago.

I don't get sick often and can go 7+ years without getting sick. Then for a year catch every germ around and so on. Over the last two I've caught every bug around and it made me lose my appetite and made me reluctant to consume certain things.

Posted by: Maria at September 21, 2007 4:14 AM

Bagels; warm, soft, yummy bagels. With lots of cream cheese. There's a place right by my kids school, and since I have a 20 minute drive, I've got to have one for my drive home. I'm trying to cut down to doing it 3 times a week as opposed to 5.

Need 12 step program.

Posted by: Meems at September 21, 2007 5:51 AM

We keep super dark chocolate morsels in teh freezer. When I feel like something sweet (and my son is already in bed) I put a few in a tiny bowl and eat them. Dark chocolate is good for your heart and if I do the morsels I feel like I am getting more treat (more pieces) and am only eating about the equivilent of two chocolate kisses.

My secret vice? Advice columns.

Posted by: Annie, The Evil Queen at September 21, 2007 11:40 PM

Finding my diabetes when I was pregnant with Declan was a shocker to my eating habits, that's for 'sho. Sugar and carbs were a MAJOR vice. They still callllll to me, LOL.

Another vice would be American Idol. I can't explain it. We don't even have *cable*, but come January, I am adjusting the rabbit ears to tune in to that ridiculous show 2-3 times a week.

Oh, I also get massages 1-2 times a month. But that's for my HEALTH, dudes.

Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at September 23, 2007 1:47 AM

how do you stop masterbating

Posted by: andrew at May 17, 2008 12:40 AM