If you’re hungry, why don’t you go ahead and skip this post? Or not, this might actually gross you out.
Anyone else look at this and while feeling disgust, also feel a bit intrigued? I mean, we’ve all seen the Double Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt, the Gastronomic Surprise, the Burgers the Size of Texas, and Donut Burgers….but they just seem surreal. I mean, the pizza above is making my mouth water, but it’s just because I’ve had an unreasonable craving for pizza I haven’t satisfied yet – all it will take me is a slice or 2 of a Conan’s Savage Pizza and I’ll be good. The rest of the page is just….eww.
I guess what irks me is… do we really need to encourage such gluttonous behavior? When you’ve got food like that, somehow that makes burgers like these ok, even when they are more calories than a normal, weight-maintaining human should eat in a day, with fries. Now, I’m all for indulging a craving. I am going to have that damn pizza after I finish my 5k on Saturday with 100% no guilt. However, I know myself, and even though it will be a “splurge”, I will eat probably 2 pieces and a salad (so about a 700ish calorie meal) and then go back to being my normal self until the next craving hits.
In my past life, we would order a large pizza, and for one meal eat half each. Usually while imbibing some sort of adult beverage. With this would usually come some sort of cheesy bread or wings. But, since it’s not corn dog pizza, I figured I was ok. Normal people order and split a pizza and some wings – it doesn’t seem so gluttonous. Sure, it wasn’t an every day thing, but it sure happened more than I’d like to admit now. If each slice of supreme pizza was about 270 calories, and each bread stick was about 150 calories…and we’d douse the whole thing in ranch, so that’s another 200ish calories…you’re looking at close to 2000 calories even BEFORE the booze.
So which is worse? The gluttous websites that are popping up with ridiculous food like this, or the fact that food we consider “normal” like grabbing a burger at chilis or having pizza night with breadsticks and beer entails consuming more calories than a normal human should in one day? Is it the outrageous feats of eating and culinary creation like the corndog pizza that are doing us in, or is going out for chinese food and getting a 1300-1500 calorie dish of General Tso’s or Orange Peel Beef (before the rice, soup, and eggrolls)?
I postulate that it’s the later, not the former. I mean, corndog pizza would have been an event. Stuffed crust pizza, which is just as reprehensible calorie-wise but a little more socially acceptable, was just dinner. What do you think? What’s the worst thing you used to eat before you decided to be healthier? What’s your richest indulgence now?