I found myself standing on a buffet line this past week, and was hit with a little epiphany. Nothing earth-shaking, but along the lines of my resolution a year or two ago to Drive 5 MPH Slower When I Can. The idea there was to be realistic: I'm not going to pretend that I am *always* going to succeed in driving slowly. But if I can knock my speed down *most* of the time, that does a little ecological benefit, and probably does my blood pressure a bit of good as well, without really costing me anything.
So along similar lines, the new resolution is simple and achieveable: Avoid Bad Hamburgers. I mean, I'm not going to turn into a vegetarian -- indeed, I'm quite fond of a *good* hamburger. But modern life makes it altogether too easy to eat hamburgers simply as the most convenient way to suck down calories, and that sucks from *so* many points of view. It encourages all the badness in beef production; it's terrible for me; and for all that, it doesn't even usually *taste* all that good. The buffet in question was from a reasonably good food producer, but it's almost impossible to crank out large numbers of burgers at once for a crowd and *not* have them wind up sucking.
So simply by resolving to seek other alternatives if possible, rather than eating a crappy hamburger just because it's the default option, I suspect I will wind up cutting about a third of the beef out of my diet right there. Surely that's a win. (And as I was reminded in that buffet line, grabbing a piece of the fish, putting that on a roll, and adding some tabasco is better-tasting and significantly better for me...)