Is It Worth It?

[Let me work it. Put my thing down, flip it and reverse it.]

Tonight, I caught up with my friend Lacey. We hung around my apartment for a little while before taking a walk to find some food. We didn’t walk too far before ending up at Ollie’s, a Chinese restaurant.


I was more tired than hungry, so I just stuck with chicken and vegetables with some brown rice, and started with a spring roll. As I wasn’t terribly hungry, this was fine and hit the spot.

When I got home, I idly reached for some chocolate chip cookies on my kitchen counter. They’re packaged chunky Chips Ahoy, and they used to be my favorite chocolate chip cookies. My mom brought them in a few weeks ago when I was sick. I realized tonight that they just don’t do anything for me any more–neither calorically nor emotionally. My tastes have certainly changed a lot since I changed my diet and my life. I’m so much more aware of flavors now, and I savor every bite of the tasty flavors. I don’t think I noticed how food tastes quite as much before I lost weight. I was just eating too much, too quickly and too bland/fried food to realize.

I also don’t feel any more like I need to satisfy every craving like it is my last chance to eat something. (That’s not to say I don’t give in to my cravings sometimes, but, let’s be real–as much as I love healthy food now, I still crave fried food fairly often. It’s a daily battle.) Therefore, when I do eat it, it’s a bit more special, and therefore “worth” it.

So, worth it?

Momofuku Compost Cookies.

Not worth it?

Chunky Chips Ahoy.

What food doesn’t taste as good to you as it used to and why?

11 comments on “Is It Worth It?

  1. Camels & Chocolate

    Oh man. I had that Momofuku cookie when I was back in September (might have even been the day I met you actually!) and it blew. my. mind. All I have to say is it’s a good thing I no longer work on 6th Avenue and am near their Midtown outpost!

  2. Carol Blanchfield

    A note from your mother, There are many variations of cookies in New Jersey, we will find one that suits you.
    How about the Nana cookie, you will never outgrow that.
    I will bring Bailey cookies, he will eat anything,
    besides chicky

  3. Andrea Spivey

    Puffed Cheetos. I used to love them as a kid because my mom never bought them and they used to be my junk food splurge of choice. The last time I bought a bag though they just made me sick and they seemed kind of gross.

  4. Meghan

    A chicken parm wedge. I used to love ordering them whenever I ate out at a pizzeria. Now they just are way too much. All that bread and the fried chicken on top of that. I won’t hate on the cheese though. I love cheese 😉

  5. Gwen

    I just read your post and realized that is how I act around my favorite candy – like if I don’t eat it, and TONS OF IT on Saturday (my “cheat day”) then it might not be around the next week. SO I eat WAY beyond my fill. And feel guilty. And gross. Ummmm Jelly beans and Cadbury mini eggs aren’t going anywhere…I need to stop approaching these foods with that behavior! Sure, seasonally cadbury mini eggs are worth a mini bag or two. But not a mini bag or four each Saturday for three months…

  6. Kimra

    I used to eat skittles daily – really – and now I only get them sometimes, at airports. And I usually don’t finish the bag. One I got in Seattle last week is still unopened, which would have been unheard of three years ago!

  7. NotQuiteLizLemon

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because it seems like every time I indulge a craving for something, the food never ends up tasting as good as I imagined it would. A big one for me right now is Starbucks drinks; I’ll get a raspberry mocha, which used to taste like nirvana, and now it’s like, eh, I could have been fine with black coffee.

  8. Elizabeth@GenuineEfforts

    Just found your blog through Tina’s post. I actually wrote something similar to your idea that I don’t have to satiate every craving. I wrote about them as something like ‘sometimes’ foods and ‘everyday’ foods.


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