I’m the kind of guy that eats a lot of the same thing day in and day out. A few years ago when I was trying to lose weight I ate a quarter chicken with salad (balsamic vinaigrette on the side) for 4 straights months. Turned out it worked. I lost around 18 pounds. I credit my OCD and bland palate to being able to eat the same food over and over without ever getting bored.
With that being said, I brown bag it to work every day and eat pretty much the same thing. I’m a pretty boring eater and the only time I switch it up is when the seasons change. Right now we’re in summer mode so lunch will be the same thing until labour day. My summer lunch always consists of last night’s leftovers with a nectarine, a pear, a yogurt, and one other thing. This is where it gets interesting and is the reason for this blog. Okay, here we go…I, Ryan Parker, husband to Charlene and father to Travis and Rory have been known to…how do I put it? I have been known to “borrow” some of their snacks and take it to work with me. Does that make me a horrible person? I promise I reimburse them, and some. It’s just sometimes you want that extra little something in your lunch and their snacks fit the bill. It doesn’t matter what it is: crackers, marshmallows, their cereal, gummy snacks, it’s just so darn inviting. I don’t know what it is, I’m guessing it has something to do with the packaging; the bright colours make it hard to resist. You should see me in the grocery store, when I head down that isle that’s filled with kiddie snacks, I light up like a Christmas tree. Put in this way, if you create a food product that has a mascot on the box, I’m going to buy it for my kids, take it home, put it in the cupboard, then ‘borrow’ it for my lunch.
I promise I don’t take anything else from them. I mean in 5 years when Travis is 10, I’ll be able to wear his jeans but I probably won’t do that.
Here’s the rundown this week
chicken, nectarine, pear, yogurt, and the kid’s goldfish crackers
hamburger, nectarine, pear, yogurt, the kid’s raisins, and a little candy thingy
spaghetti, nectarine, pear, yogurt, and kids chocolate goldfish crackers
What comes around goes around right? By all means, my kids can ‘borrow’ what I eat and take it to school with them if they like. Have at it kids, the asparagus sprinkled in feta is all yours. Oh well, if my kids are reading this in a few years I’m sure that they’ll agree that ‘borrowing’ a granola bar is a pretty fair trade for borrowing the car.