A few weeks ago I was in Subway getting one of my favorite “treats” a Roasted Chicken Sub on Whole grain. I know what you’re saying I spoil myself but truthfully I’ve always liked that, I’m not one for excessive sauces or fatty meats.
While waiting to order my sub I started paying attention to what the people in front of me were ordering, a little nosy I know but I was bored. The lady in front of me ordered two BLT’s on white. I was sort grossed out (considering I hate bacon). What really shocked me was what she put on it after the standard Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato. First off she asked for no Tomato, so really it was a BL, on top of her “lifeless” sub she put extra mayo. Some quick math in my head told me that there was 4 feet worth of mayo on this 12″ sub. Still shocked at the 4 feet of mayo I watched her ask for extra salt and pepper. It may not surprise you that she was a bigger lady.
Following the mayo sub was a gentleman in his mid 40’s, he orders a Cold Cut Trio. Not the greatest of choices but again he got the iceberg lettuce extra mayo and BBQ sauce on his White bread sub. The thought of having a sub with only processed food (except the lettuce) was scary to me. Even the iceberg lettuce doesn’t have much nutrient value besides water. And to top it all off, extra salt and pepper.
I know I sound like a snob, but I felt very out of place asking for extra veggies, no sauce or salt and pepper on my whole wheat 6 inch sub.
After leaving Subway I started thinking… if people made those simple little choices to eat healthy we would have a very different society and completely different concerns in life. Instead of worrying about how to lower our cholesterol we may be worried about who has the freshest vegetables. Or instead of wondering if that white bread is fresh we might appreciate the taste of a whole grain bread.
In my career I have encountered many different type of people with many different types of beliefs on what good food is. In my humble opinion, fresh food is good food. Lunch meat from Safeway isn’t tasty, a fresh cut piece of steak is more of a treat. Peas from a garden a far greater reward than a bag of chips. Hummus a fantastic choice over nacho cheese.
I feel that little changes in people’s lives add up. And after the initial shock of making healthier choices wears off most people begin to enjoy the healthier food. The sweetness of a pepper is sharper, all the flavours of grains begin to pop and salt no longer makes food palatable.
Sorry for going off, but I had some free time and felt like writing…