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Gluttony

This is the final instalment in our 7 deadly sins series, be sure to read up on Sloth, Envy, Greed, Lust, Pride, and Wrath

GLUTTONY is defined as “over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of waste”. Essentially, it’s college, bachelorhood and your worst (or best) weekends combined. Unfortunately, it’s also a problem that affects our society, our lifestyle and, of course, your relationship.

SYMPTOMS

  • Over-Stuffing: Your mother taught you to clean your plate and you’ve stuck to it…to the point that it’s now extremely evident on your waistline—or lack thereof.
  • Bored Eating: You wander aimlessly into the kitchen and forget why you walked in…then you decide that now might be the perfect time to grab some chips or heat up some of that leftover chili. You’re not eating because you’re hungry—you’re eating because you’ve got nothing better to do.
  • All Fast Food, All the Time: You’ve stopped bothering with home-cooked meals, and retreated into the land of easy-to-grab pizza, burgers and other fatty delights. No time to make breakfast? McDonald’s drive-thru. Didn’t pack a lunch? Grab a hot dog or three!

TREATMENT

  1. It’s time to learn portion control! It’s all about “understanding how much a serving size is and how many calories a serving contains and eating a healthy balance of amount and types, of varied foods.” We’re not saying that you should become obsessive about everything you eat and deny yourself at all, but know when to quit—you don’t need to be the guy who cleans up the last few slices of cheesecake. Thinking about the fact that the average man should stick to something around 1800 calories per day, you can get at least a general idea of serving size and what you should and shouldn’t be eating.
  2. If you’re eating because you’re bored, it’s time to take up a hobby. And we’re not kidding—picking up a sport, going for a walk and doing some exercise might not sound as appealing as a bag of Cheetos, but it’s a good way to prevent yourself from snacking just because you have nothing to do. It’s not going to be fun at first, but when those endorphins start kicking in and lightening your mood (and your body), you’ll thank us for the advice.
  3. First of all, if fast food has become your norm, you might want to think about two things: it’s a heck of a lot cheaper to buy the ingredients and spend a little bit of time making something than it is to keep buying your individual meals. And if you can’t cook, the internet boasts a wealth of low-fat, easy-to-make recipes that’ll get you started. Plus, is there anything women like more than a man who can cook? We’ve got one recipe that makes a good jumping off point here: it’s easy, it’s fast and it tastes fantastic.

VEGETABLE STIR-FRY from FoodNetwork.com

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and julienned
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and julienned
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup half-moon sliced yellow squash
  • 1 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1 baby eggplant, cut into chunks
  • 8 ounces firm tofu, cut into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (check the label: no more than 2 grams sugar per serving)
  • 2 cups sliced bok choy
  • 1 cup fresh mung bean sprouts
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Directions

Start by preparing and cutting all the vegetables and measuring your ingredients so that they are ready to go. Once you begin stir-frying, it goes very quickly.

In a wok or large skillet, heat canola oil over high heat until almost smoking. Add the peppers and onion while stirring constantly. While continuing to stir, add successively the squash, broccoli, eggplant, tofu, garlic, and teriyaki sauce. Cook, stirring, constantly for 2 minutes. Add the bok choy, sprouts, pepper, and salt and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes more.

Stir in snow peas and sesame oil and remove from heat. Serve immediately.