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Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016 at 01:38PM

On the last two "Coleslaw parking lot" videos/vlogs/high art

I recently ate a whole bag of plain, precut coleslaw mixed with jalapeño-infused red wine vinegar in my car in this parking lot you see on your left. Perhaps you've seen footage? It was about 80° F out. I was listening to WFAN. I want to write a little bit about this experience now that I've had some time to reflect.

I feel like it was mostly positive. It's crazy that I only consumed ~125 calories because that was a lot of bites, a lot of munching for only ~125 calories. Sometimes I post pictures of the food I eat here*. Insomuch as the munching is (perhaps 30-50%) of the pleasurable experience that is easy, this was a good ratio (munches : calories consumed).

If I had to do it over again, I would have worked harder to find a more secluded spot because I felt self-conscious eating straight out of the bag in my car. A lot of people were parking near me and it felt like they were watching me even though they were almost certainly not. (But who knows, maybe they were?)

In the end, it was probably a solid B/B- experience. The meal lacked the happy trigger release you get from eating sugar and carbs. I missed that. But that I can't discern whether or not the missing that occurred 'in the moment' or now as I reflect, leads me to believe that this it doesn't really matter. That pushing towards an plant-based, microcalorie diet is the right way to go. I also think that not thinking too much about food is also a decent strategy. These things are very complicated.

*once, there was a time and a place for everything