It's Official – Buffets Are Evil

by derek on May 6, 2007 · 11 comments

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’ve come to the realization that I need to live a healthier lifestyle and have been lucky enough to receive the assistance of Melanie over at
Since receiving a suggested eating plan courtesy of Melanie, I had been doing pretty well for the first week. However, I think I derailed all of that today when we stopped at a new place for lunch.
This afternoon we were out doing a little furniture shopping as my wife has been waiting a long time for a new kitchen table and chairs, as well as a dining room set. After checking out more tables than I care to see, we opted to stop at a new pizza place for lunch as the kids were beyond hungry and we were not very close to home.
This pizza place is an “all-you-can-eat” buffet for $5 per person. Not a bad deal at all particularly since their pizza was actually pretty good. However, as I am sure you can imagine, I ate way too much pizza and they had these absolutely fantastic brownies which I just had to have one…and then another.
If you are the type of person that has a difficult time saying no to food (like yours truly), you should try to avoid visiting a buffet if at all possible. I was doing okay until they brought out a pepperoni and jalapeno pizza which I had a hard time not eating more of that than I did.
As I sat there digesting my last piece of pizza, I was looking around the restaurant and it was rather sad to see that the majority of the people there were overweight. As much as John Chow likes to say he is the root of all evil, I have to disagree as today I came to believe that a buffet is the real root of all evil.
As a token of appreciation to Melanie for her hard work with providing me a suggested meal plan, I am making a vow to not return to the pizza buffet and after today’s experience, I think I might have to start a new movement to outlaw buffets around the country!

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Vince Cordic May 7, 2007 at 3:40 am

Yeah those all-you-can-eat buffets can wreak havoc on a diet plan of any kind 🙂
I like to think I’m a fairly healthy person, but sometimes I just have to indulge. What can I say, food is good!
On a side note, I find it amazing how John Chow seems to make it into even seemingly unrelated posts (everywhere), I guess that’s just what being popular does.


derek May 7, 2007 at 11:07 am

Lol, John does find his way into numerous unrelated areas but given his regular restaurant reviews I guess it isn’t too far fetched to tie back to him here. 🙂


Leo May 7, 2007 at 12:48 pm

How do you think I feel since I work on set all day, free catered food and a well-stocked crafty table with an abundance of goodies. It’s so hard to try and control myself from constantly eating. One of the things holding me back is the fact that I’d be constantly pooping and I’m just too lazy to get in and out of costume 😉


derek May 7, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Lol, I’d be in trouble with free catered food all day. It would require some serious adjustments to my self-control around food. To be honest, I am not sure the frequent trips to the bathroom would be enough to hold me back. 🙂


Leo May 7, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Yeah, well when some of the costumes take about 10 minutes to just take off and an assistant to put back on, going to the can just reached new level of inconvenience.


derek May 7, 2007 at 3:09 pm

Lol, that could get rather tiring and I am sure the people on the set would not be too appreciative. That isn’t something I have to worry about being a desk jockey.


Melanie May 7, 2007 at 7:49 pm

Derek I laughed quite a bit at this post!!! You are allowed a little deter remember!! But, I do like your logic of avoiding those “all-you-can-eat” buffets!!! LOL
Sounds like you were doing great, well done and keep it up!


Melanie May 7, 2007 at 7:50 pm

BTW big thanks for the link on your sidebar!!!! 🙂


derek May 7, 2007 at 9:22 pm

The link on the sidebar is the least I can do after you stepped up and went above and beyond my expectations with helping me out on the meal plan.
When I was at the buffet, I made sure to at least drink Diet Coke so as not to add even more liquid calories. 😆


Armen May 7, 2007 at 11:20 pm

Man…I think there’s a built in weakness within us all. It’s so much hard work!


John March 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

LOL…. But you can make pizza part of your healthy diet by using alternative recipes that are low in calories. Using low fat ingredients such as low fat cheese and using some veggies as toppings will keep the saturated fat levels low in your pizza.


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