Tue, Nov 13, 2018
My rules for eating
If we are what we eat, then behold, this is who I really am! I’m no foodie, but I do have structure in the way I approach eating (I guess that makes us all foodies in our own right). These are my rules, listed in order of precedence:
When cooking my own meals or eating in the dining hall, I try to abide by a strict diet of the following:
- Fish (Tuna and Salmon primarily, but not too much to get acute mercury poisoning).
- Orange and carbs for breakfast, Banana and protein for lunch, Apple and vegetables for dinner.
- Kosher-ish foods
2. Eating Out
This is how I choose which restaurants to eat out on a particular day, the factors listed out in order of precedence:
If it is a cold day (<10 degrees Celsius): ALWAYS GET CHILIS OR SOUPS. Pho and Clam Chowder are my favorites. My priority is to get something hot for the belly.
Else if I am very hungry (i.e. going for brunch or skipped lunch): Go to a buffet, preferably Indian.
Else if I have not eaten red meat in the last 7 days and have some money to indulge: Go to a Brazilian or Texan steakhouse and order Lamb Chops, T-Bone, Sirloin, or Ribs (in that order of precedence). I only go to a Brazilian steakhouse for brunch, never for dinner because of metabolic reasons.
Else if I have not eaten red meat in the last 7 days: Get a hamburger or roast beef sandwich (no cheese and with fries, always)
Else if I am normally hungry and have some money to indulge: Get raw seafood (sushi/nigiri/sashimi, smoked salmon, lobster).
Else if I am normally hungry: Get Chipotle, Poké, or Mediterranean Bowl (Out of these three, I pick the one least recently had)
3. What I Don’t Get
When I am at home, I can always quickly cook up Italian food (pasta = cheese + sauce + noodles) and Chinese/Korean food (white rice + a mixed medley of stuff cooked in a wok + store-bought pickled vegetables). Therefore, I rarely see the need to go out to an Italian/Chinese/Korean restaurant unless it’s to satisfy criteria 1 or 2 (I need a hot soup or a buffet).
I never go out to a restaurant and order foods with chicken, ham, or turkey. Those dishes are generally pretty bland, uninteresting, and processed. If they taste savory, they are unhealthily cooked. This also means that I will generally not eat at sandwich shops unless it’s for a vegetarian or a tuna sandwich option. I will always choose the vegetarian option over the chicken option.
I also left out pizza as an option in my list. This is because the only time I get pizza is when I visit Costco and Costco pizza is supreme.
I am also trying to cut out red meat from my diet, hence why I put a restriction of 7 days between the meals where I do eat red meat (criteria 3 and 4). I plan to completely cut out red meat by the time I turn 30.
- When possible, get water. If the weather is cold, it’s worth paying for the hot tea.
- Never buy or drink coffee. Get 8 hours of sleep instead.
- Why get a soft drink when you can get a milkshake/dessert?
- Why get a smoothie when you can eat the actual fruit?
- No alcohol. Life is best enjoyed sober.
5. Tips and Eating with Friends
If I eat out at a restaurant, I always tip 15% or more to respect the service and minimum wages of servers. If you can’t afford the tip, cook your meals at home.
If I’m eating at a fast-food place (this is defined as any restaurant where you’re not expected to pay tips) and I plan to return within the next month, I leave the cashier a one-dollar tip as a way to look forward to the next time I eat there.
If I’m grabbing a meal with a nearby acquaintence, I always give them the first option to choose where they want to eat and when they want to eat. If they have no preference, I use my algorithm on that particular day.
If a friend is traveling from long distances just to see me, I will either give him/her a home-cooked meal or pay for the entire meal if we go eat out together. This is inspired by my parents, who have taught me