As the Saying Goes: What You Don’t Know…
Apparently, a few weeks ago, all of the food in Philadelphia got a whole lot less healthy for you overnight.
I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but things I had been eating with regularity — burritos, hamburgers and bagels — had immediately gone from perfectly reasonable lunchtime fare to only-as-a-special-occasion indulgence with startling speed. OK, so the food didn’t actually get worse…it was just that Philly became the latest city to institute a new rule requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts for all menu items.
This is no fun.
Look, I was never kidding myself into thinking that the Qdoba burrito the size of a Nerf football constituted a “diet” item, but I was so happy living in my fantasy world, with at least some modicum of plausible deniability.
Obviously, the new regulations were put in place to help make people aware of what they’re cramming into their gullets, although it sounds like plenty of folks are happy to keep on ignoring the numbers even if they’re confronted with them. I’m torn…on one hand, I don’t think anyone is kidding themselves when they’re eating fast food, but on the other hand, I’m not a big fan of being made to feel guilty or shamed when trying to grab a Filet o’Fish.
As if it wasn’t depressing enough, the same policy is headed to my home state of New Jersey later this year.
My co-worker was the first to experience this wake up call, and she mentioned it when she brought her lunch back to her desk. Neither of us were particularly keen on being confronted with our poor lunch choices. But she did notice a silver lining:
“The good part is that each of the menu items has a calorie range. I’m going to go ahead and always assume that my sandwich is at the lower end of the range.”
Sure, that quarter pound burger likely only clocks in at 410 calories if you order it without the meat, but I’ve been willing to fool myself in the past, so why can’t I keep the fun going now?
Talk me though this, ES’ers…I know that NYC enacted this a while back, so have you been able to look yourself in the face knowing that your lunch packs enough calories to feed a small village? I thank you in advance for your advice in the comments. (Note: Actually eating more healthfully is not an option, so please don’t bother to suggest it, wise-ass.)
(Photo: Ed Yourdon)