Tuesday, November 4, 2008

8 - Gluttony

After a week of complaining about other people's misdeeds, I thought it would be interesting for all of my readers, followers and random pop-by visitors to learn more about some of my own bad habits. I said a week ago that everybody has dysfunctional behavioral tendencies and myself is included! To my good friends that know me outside the blogging world: you knew a self-dissing post was bound to be written some day. But instead of just one, I will be writing a full week's worth of posts demonstrating the hypocrisy in me. That's right. Seven entries about the things that I hate doing, and I hate the fact that I do them too. (I'm getting a little bit scared of where this might lead...)

As you've probably shrewdly figured out already, one of the annoying things that I do, but don't condone myself is being greedy when it comes to food. I remember an end-of-year party we had at school, where everybody in the class brought in candy, nachos, Lay's, Pringles, tortilla chips, soft drinks, Cheetos and pretzels to celebrate the fact that we had successfully completed another year of school. We moved the tables together to the middle of the room, and laid down all the food in the center. The teacher put on a movie and turned on the projector, and we sat down around the table of junk food and began to watch it.

Being the end of the year, we had no work to do, nothing to stress us out. Of course, the movie was nice, but we took this opportunity to chat as well before the summer holidays would separate us for two months. While everybody was chatting, I sneakily moved the food around so that I could sit right in the middle amongst all the food. Like an octopus, I reached in all directions, grabbing different potato chips and other snacks to keep my mouth interested and my stomach constantly at work. My classmates, one by one, began to see my dreadfulness, but they just let me be and in the end, I distinctly recall a Coca Cola chugging contest with one of my friends, although I don't remember exactly how that happened...

I can remember many times where I have asked the waiter to bring me more food than I actually needed (often, when the food is not going to be paid for by me). I will hog the popcorn at the movies, seize four-sixths of a whole pizza and take advantage of buffets by giving myself very generous portions. When I'm on a plane, I will press that button twenty to thirty times, thus summoning the air stewardess so that I can ask for peanuts and tomato juice for the entire flight's duration.

I hate seeing this greediness in other people, and looking back at my own gluttonous behavior, I hate seeing it in myself too. I'm surprised nobody has ever accused me of this before... I guess my friends and family are all being kind to me. I like spending time with others that love to eat as well. That way, I don't feel so guilty and I have someone else that can't control their appetite, however, when dining with people that can moderate their hunger, I find myself very unjust and self-indulgent.


It is a matter of self-control, self-control that I have never been able to find in myself, self-control that I have never needed to have because food is there for me whenever I want it. Even if people can have food whenever they want it, they still shouldn't eat more than their fair share, or eat more than they actually need to make them full.

What do you think, readers? Do you hate it too?

8 comments:

Everyday Housewife said...

But it is so easy to be a glutton in Hongkong with all that lovely food available. I remember ordering more dimsum than I could eat at Maxims(at Regal Plaza along Prince Edward road if I am not mistaken)! And that was only just 1 place

J.J. in L.A. said...

I'm glad this blog is about you because this statement "great, big portions and in addition to that, I drank a lot of Coca Cola" in your #5 blog would've been a problem. lol!

I'm glad to say that I'm not a glutton...unless you're talking about pasta and bread.

Jessica said...

I can't really say that I would find your habit annoying. more than likely, I wouldn't even question it. I've always lived around people who eat a lot more than me, so I've become used to it. plus, when I was growing up I always heard the expression "boys are supposed to eat more because that's how they grow to be so strong."

beads said...

hi! am grateful to drop by in your site.. i really admire people who can really you know express whatever they wanted to say of course with sense... keep it up! ha3 am new.. I mean i managed blog also but i think nobody visits my site.. lol maybe because am new.. have to drop by again and see some of your posts... till then!

Douglas said...

But do you eat the last slice of pizza, the last cookie, the last nacho, that last thing on the common tray? That is the true sign of food greed.
(hmmm... the word verification was "licke", how appropos)

Tatum Reid said...

Hi Michael...
Saw you joined my Blog and thought I'd check your's out...never thought I'd see "hate" as a way to bring people togehter!
Interesting take on life and I enjoyed your honesty in this Post!

yolanda said...

lol. great post :-D

somber expressions said...

its a love-hate thing