I eat out frequently because of my extensive traveling, and I’ve had to pray a lot about food choices along the way because the food options handy are often very poor.
One lesson I’m learning when sitting down in a restaurant and previewing the menu for ordering a meal is to NOT ask the question, “What do I want?” It’s a glutton trap!
If I ask, “What do I want?” my eye darts to the cinnamon French toast dripping in maple syrup and loaded with whipped cream and berries, or the hamburger mounded with toppings, cheese and a plate of fries on the side, and of course, dessert! How about the Wall of China slab of chocolate cake (big enough for 4), or cheese cake rich in dense calories to top it all off!
I don’t have a problem with sampling the above, and I do, but getting into a mindless routine of indulging large amounts of the heavy fat/sugar/salt genre is not a healthy life-style, in my way of thinking. And when you’re traveling, always on the run, it takes effort and diligence to prevent slipping into bad habits.
And asking the question, “What do I want?” is a slippery slope to start on, let me tell you, especially if our “wants” haven’t been purified enough to keep us from making poor split decisions.
So, I’m learning to ask the question, “What should I order?” rather than “What do I want?” And it works, at least for me. It challenges me to listen to the voice of Wisdom within for direction when making choices, rather than unleashing whatever sensual desire happens to pop into my thought at the moment. And when I’m honest with that voice of Wisdom within, I make choices I don’t feel guilty about later. I feel good.