Keep On Trucking Baby

I am not talking about the first solo hit from Eddie Kendricks from The Temptations.  I am talking about the plethora of food trucks.  Are we that hungry that we can’t even go into a store to eat, but we have to eat at the curb?  Even Chick-fil-a is launching a food truck.  Can someone please explain to me the appeal of eating standing up with food dripping on your clothing or onto the sidewalk in front of others?

What happened to eating and meals being about togetherness, family, and community? Eating is not just about stuffing our faces.  Speaking of stuffing our faces, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.  And, I hope that the spirit (now I am starting to sound like Theresa from Long Island Medium) of the holiday was your driving force and not all the temptations.

Usually, I indulge at Easter as my family tradition included lasagna and tons of pastries for dessert, grain pies and all sorts of things that were very special and cooked only at this time of the year.  I typically have my friends and family to my home and recreate the feast (to the best of my ability – I will never be as good a cook as either my mother or father).

This year, I didn’t do it.  I wanted to see if I could distance myself from those “food” traditions in favor of a new tradition that just involved family and friends but with healthy meals.  Guess what? It worked – everyone had just as good a time. I just had to serve more alcohol – kidding (probably)

It’s interesting to me how different people deal with stress in their life.  We all have stress to a certain degree and some of us eat ourselves through it and some avoid food and lose weight.  While others use equally self-destructive behaviors – but let’s face it, the behaviors are self-destructive.

So, I am watching Bethenny who as anyone who reads my blog knows, I am a big fan.  But, during the past few weeks, she has been self-destructing, perhaps sabotaging her relationship (that one’s hard to say because we only get to see what the producers of the show want us to see) but taking her stress out on herself and she turned away from food.  The point is we all have our own ways of dealing with stress.

But this week, she went too far.  She began to whine about how being so rich has made her a target for bloggers, has made her life miserable and uncomfortable and she can’t enjoy her life because of this.

Now, Bethenny and I share a few things but one of which is our love for being on talk shows and for being on the studio lots.  There is something exhilarating about it all; but, (spoiler alert) her pilot did not get picked up.  I feel bad for her and for Ellen about it but perhaps she needs to clean up her personal space.

And we all need to do that – taking responsibilities for our actions, determining what is important to us and never veering from the path.  It is really hard to do that when it comes to food and a healthy lifestyle because everyone has this attitude of, “it’s only the one time” or “c’mon have just a little”

That is not the recipe for success and is not how Bethenny achieved the amazing things she has thus far.  There is more for her in the future but she really can’t be whining about how poorly she’s being treated by the press (Marilyn was hounded by the press dear, not you) when people are going to bed hungry, losing their homes because they can’t pay their mortgages and she is being driven around Manhattan (where you shouldn’t even have a car – that’s why we have taxis) in a chauffeured Mercedes Benz SUV to Waterworks, one of the most expensive places in the country to pick fixtures to renovate what appears to be the 4000 sf apartment you just bought (probably for cash)

I found that inappropriate and felt humiliated for her.  I hope when she watches it back, she will see what a mistake she made.  I am sorry for harping on her for so long, but with success, should come service and modesty and quite frankly, you knew what you were getting into.

We all need to step back and examine how truly blessed we all are in life and not focus on the bad.  You may have made poor food choices today but that doesn’t mean you have to make them tomorrow.

Before I go, I just have to mention my favorite TV line of the week comes from American Idol.  I am not yet mad at the show because Americais voting off who I think should go (am I becoming more like Americaor is America being more like me?) I think my favorite right now may be Colton Dixon or Philip Philips.  But anyway, that’s not the point.

Steven Tyler, after hearing one of the contestants, leaned forward and said, “I forgot where I was.”  Dude, how many times have you used that line in your life?

I am so excited about the Borgias being back – I wonder if the Vatican had any food trucks – they would probably have been food carts though; but I doubt they did.  Tradition had them eating at home as a family.  The more time you spend eating as a family, the less food you generally consume; and for the Borgias, that meant more time for scheming.

Until Next Time…