Food. 6/1/2009
Having been on an "eating better" diet for several months now, I have come to realize some things. Pretty much the biggest thing is that not living at home where my parents cook meals sucks. Basically, I want to eat good-tasting food without much effort that is also decently healthy. And I have found that to be impossible. Thus, I present to you the "Greg Hendricks Law of Mutual Exclusion," or GHLOME.

Pick Any Two

Basically, this law states that no food may possess any more than two of the following qualities: Tasty, Healthy, and Convenient. Foods may possess less than two of these qualities, but never more than two. "Tasty" encompasses both the flavor of the food and the overall satisfaction of eating it. "Healthy" refers to the nutritional content of the food: being low in calories and containing nutrients in some form. The third quality, "Convenient," can be summarized by things such as: price, availability, preparation time/effort, and shelf life.

Some examples might be:
  • Fast food: Tasty, Convenient
  • Sit down restaurant: Tasty
  • Lean Cuisine: Healthy, Convenient
  • Fresh fruit or vegetables: Healthy
  • Home-cooked meals: Tasty, Healthy

So, as you can see, there's no real catch-all meal. There are a few honorable mentions, such as Subway and Chipotle (Tasty, not quite Healthy, Convenient), cereal (not quite Tasty, Healthy, Convenient), and grilled chicken (Tasty, Healthy, not quite Convenient). In the event that any of you readers know of "the perfect meal" which possesses all three qualities, please share. Until then, I will continue to search.

12 responses to "Food."

    6/1/2009 5:11:11 PM
Jared would be pissed. Subway has 7 subs with 6 grams of fat or less.
    6/1/2009 5:26:09 PM
Jared also needs to look at some other things like carbs, which Subway footlongs are quite high in.
    6/1/2009 7:20:03 PM
there's nothing wrong with carbs, but Subway does fail the tasty part.
    6/2/2009 12:01:27 AM
Bodmer, if you read the post again, you will notice that the price is considered part of convenience. The things you mentioned might taste good, but they aren't very satisfying as meals, which would still cause them to miss the Tasty category.
    6/2/2009 8:33:57 AM
Applebee's curbside to go.
    6/2/2009 10:13:21 AM
That would be an example of something that fails all three categories.
Ryan (edited thrice)
    6/2/2009 10:38:35 AM
Fast food != tasty. I think eggs are a pretty strong contender, especially since it's as easy to make ten as one. Also, apparently they contain all seven of the amino acids your body doesn't produce on its own, making them a popular food at hospitals. Edit: does this thing have a "last edited" notification? Edit 2: close enough, but it gives your comment to you in HTML, then interprets it as text when you re-submit it.
    6/2/2009 1:01:59 PM
There you have it, don't eat anything but eggs for the rest of your life.
    6/2/2009 1:43:21 PM
You won't regret it.
    6/2/2009 2:05:46 PM
Lembas. It fits all 3.
    6/2/2009 8:44:26 PM
    6/8/2009 9:27:53 AM
This should be published. At this stage, though, you may want to call it a theory instead of a law. I've always wanted to try a Glen Wad (from Accepted), but they would probably only fall into the tasty category. Subway and Chipotle for LIFE

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