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The Pros and Cons of Being Streaky

One streak that's alive and well is the salad I just ate

If I’m being totally honest with myself, then I’d have no choice but to admit the following: I’m a little streaky. Like hot-and-cold streaky. As in I’ll come out of nowhere and go over-the-top on you in an instant’s notice.

Example: single dude, no kids. BOOM. Father of four just 13 months later.

Another confession streaky has two sides, so once I get on one side, I can quickly go back to the other. NO. This does not mean that I’m about to bail on my wife and kids. But it does mean that I’m not afraid to bail on other things as quickly as I got on ‘em.

And this side to being streaky has, upon occasion, served me quite well as perhaps best evidenced by my abrupt departure from my Duran-Duran-influenced, parachute-pants-and-Member’s-Only phase. (Oh, darn, I can’t find any pictures to show you. What a shame.)

But such rapid departures have served me not-so-well, too, particularly when it comes to little things like, say, diet. In fact, my diet’s always been kinda train-wrecky. Not in a bad way, but I’ve been known to go on “healthy eating kicks” then go on a five-day cheese, carb and chocolate bender. That’s one reason why despite exercising regularly for the entire year of 2011, I failed to lose much weight. The biggest thing that fails me when I jump off of the healthy train is that it’s sometimes hard to find quick, easy and economical choices to keep me on that train. And don’t even get me started on delicious, because if you’ve found something that’s healthy, quick, easy and economical, it’s almost never delicious.

But here’s the kicker even if I do find something that fits all of those criteria, something that’s healthy, quick, easy, inexpensive and delicious, I’m still not afraid to bail on that food item for a while, because, well, I’m me and I’m super streaky.

And sometimes, too, the “newness” of something wears off and it’s not as good as it once was. Does that make sense to you?

Well it does to me, as it’s happened to me on any number of healthy options. Smoothies come to mind. So do salads.

But, as I blogged a while back now, I’ve been on this moderate diet for a couple of months now, and the results have been fantastic. And one reason why I’ve had such success with it is because I’ve been able to find quick, easy, inexpensive and delicious foods that fit within that diet. And one of those solutions has been the Berry Almond Chicken salad from Wendy’s.

It’s funny. I was eating dinner with my brother and his wife the other night and my sister-in-law said Have you actually tried that salad from Wendy’s?

And I was like, Yeah, I totally have. I thought you’d read one of my posts about it.

I have she said, but I wasn’t sure if you’d really tried it and if not, I just wanted to tell you how good I thought it was.

So two things: first, if I didn’t like the Almond Berry Chicken salad, I’d never repeatedly tout how great I thought it was. I like it because I like it. Period.

But, also, my sister-in-law is right on the money with her assessment. The Almond Berry Chicken Salad is delicious. And what’s more, I’ve been on it for weeks now with no bailout in sight. And now that I’ve had several of these bad boys, I’ve finally figured out why I like them so much. It comes down to two things.

The fresh fruit and the roasted almonds. Don’t get me wrong, I like the rest the chicken is just fine and the dressing is really, really good, but, in my opinion, you can get good chicken and good dressing with any number of salads. But find me one with that, fresh strawberries and blueberries and thin, roasted almonds that send it off with a crunch?

Well, then you’ve found one I like. And one that fits all the requirements I’m asking of my food right now. And one that has managed to hold my attention, which is no small feat.

Because I’m kinda streaky, y’all.

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