Nutritional Gatekeeping

In the book I read last week “Mindless Eating,” I learned that the “Nutritional Gatekeeper” of the family is the one who does most or all of the shopping and cooking, and that the NG controls over 80% of the nutrition of his or her family. I’d guess in our case it’s higher, since even Josh eats at home most of the time.

Last week I went for a quick Meijer run to get the sale items on my list. One of the loss leaders was frozen Jeno’s pizza for 59 cents each. Josh eats those for lunch sometimes. So I put 10 in my cart and got some other sale items from the fresh produce section. As I pondered the eggplants, my conscience was stricken. There I was, buying good produce, and yet plotting to feed my husband those gnarsty little Jeno’s pizzas. I don’t know if y’all have ever had the misfortune of eating a Jeno’s pizza, but they are so disgusting. They don’t even taste good, are high calorie, and just CHOCK full of grody chemicals and processed whatnot and the end result bears little resemblance to actual food. You can almost feel your arteries hardening and your heart failing and your body being poisoned. At least, you can if you have an overactive imagination like I do!

As Nutritional Gatekeeper, I felt I had to act for my husband’s preservation. I put the pizzas back, saving $5.90 on my grocery bill, which allowed me to buy more whole foods to make for Josh’s lunches.

There is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgence, but I feel like if we’re going to eat pizza, at least it should be well made and TASTY like homemade or Papa John’s.

Nutritional Gatekeeping: it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!

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