File this under: “Healthy Choices Are Hard to Make Sometimes”
This afternoon I was hungry. Like, ravenously, 3rd-trimester-of-pregnancy hungry. The protein bar I had packed in my lunch bag seemed boring and unappealing. I decided I would get a snack from the office vending machine. The last time I bought something from the machine, they had fruit snacks (you know, those squishy fruit-shaped jelly things). Fruit snacks aren’t the healthiest snack ever, but they’re not SO bad. Unfortunately, the fruit snacks were gone. I stood in front of the vending machine debating the choices: Sun Chips? Granola bar? Fiber bar? Potato chips? You know what I chose? A Moon Pie! A Moon Pie. Possibly the least healthy option in the entire vending machine. It just looked so…delicious. The sad part about this choice is that I know that a Moon Pie is like eating a piece of crap coated with fake chocolate. I’m a pregnant healthcare provider, for god’s sake! If anyone should be making a nutritious food choice, it should be me. Yet I felt powerless to make a healthier choice. It’s a good reminder that education doesn’t always equal the right choices. Sigh.