I get cravings. Fortunately most of them are healthy cravings. I think that is because I have consciously, through logic, chosen to eliminate or severely limit certain categories of foods from my diet. The ice cream section in the supermarket occupies one side of an entire aisle, but I am rarely tempted to turn my head. Don’t get me wrong, I love ice-cream! And I do indulge occasionally, but even when there happens to be ice cream at home in the freezer it can be months between indulgences.
I really do have a sweet tooth, but I choose to stay away from sodas, candy, cake, cookies etc… Well, except for the cookies. Faye makes some great tasting cookies, and I can’t stop eating them until they are safely tucked away in the freezer out of sight and out of mind.
I do have a weakness for borderline healthy indulgences like cheese. I love cheese! And I eat entirely too much of it. I’m sure my arteries have a nice thick coating of cheese. I am doing better with that. After many many years of Friday night being pizza night it is no longer a given. I guess we finally got burned out on it.
Let me say here, as sort of a disclaimer, that my dietary choices are mine alone and I pass no judgment on anyone else’s choices including my wife’s. I choose not to attach moral or political significance to anyone’s dietary choices.
As I mentioned at the beginning, I have trained most of my cravings to be healthy ones. I believe many of my cravings are in response to my body’s needs in the same way that thirst encourages me to drink water. A common craving I have is for leafy greens, whether cooked or in a salad.
Every few days I feel a need to satisfy a craving for salad, sometimes even for breakfast. Faye shudders at the thought of a cold salad for breakfast and opts for her own preferences on those occasions.
Today’s salad was for the second and final meal of the day. It consisted of chopped spinach, red cabbage, jalapeño pepper, shredded carrot, cucumber, onion, tomato, avocado, cheddar cheese, Manzanilla olives, sour cream and homemade salsa.
The salad was served in a crisp flour tortilla shell which was baked without oil.