Today WAS Day 29 of compliance with the Esselstyn Diet. This afternoon, I attended a conference and resisted the burgers and veggie burgers (veggie good, oil bad) at lunch but did convince myself the (likely non-compliant) hamburger roll was OK “just this once”, three words Dr. Esselstyn emphatically rejects. Adding lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, and ketchup, I thought it was a decent sandwich but did believe I had probably just ruined my 28-day winning streak. After some quick research, I now know that ketchup is heavily-sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Ooooowch, no wonder we all love to put ketchup on everything. Furthermore, using LABELWATCH.com, I see that the innocent-looking hamburger rolls are loaded with bad stuff (enriched wheat flour, high fructose corn syrup, calcium dioxide). Should I admit I had two sandwiches?
Now I can authoritatively say that non-compliance, for me, immediately leads to a much bigger crime. I fell hard off the wagon by stopping on the way home to revisit an old favorite, Legal Seafoods: a cup of clam chowder, a caesar salad with scallops, three rolls with olive oil, chocolate pudding cake, decaf coffee with 2% milk. Everything I ordered was non-compliant, although I did one good thing: I switched sorbet for ice cream. It was fun, but I’m battered and bruised. Later this evening on a walk up Massachusetts Avenue, I successfully walked right past a pizza house and a frozen yogurt bar, so I know I am back on track.