Kristina's Blog: Food Fling
Posted: Sat 12/17/2011 12:00 PM
Browsing through some of my favorite recipes, such as my guiltless chocolate mousse made with avocados or my uberly nutritious quinoa salad, a person could easily conclude that I am some sort of a health freak... that is until they get to my very extensive crispy this and pan-fried that collection.
Here’s my take on healthy eating – it’s all about balance. I’m against all those cookie-cutter diets, because most of them are too limiting for me and often take the fun out of enjoying meals. Even the fact that letting yourself indulge a tiny bit while on a diet is called “cheating” really bothers me. And I’m definitely against eliminating entire food groups; I’m too much of a rebel for that. If you’re anything like me, once you say no to something, it’s all you can think about. For example, French fries aren’t even one of my big weaknesses, but if someone told me I could never have them again, for the rest of my life, I’m sure that suddenly French fries would be the only thing on my mind. I’d be craving them, dreaming about them, writing them love songs, and sappy poetry, and possibly even naming my next child after them. Truth is, there’s still that little kid in most of us who wants to sneak a hand into the cookie jar no matter how many times we’re told not to.
But I think the biggest problem happens when you match up one of my least favorite words with one my absolute favorite words: mindless eating. We’ve all been there, done that, but as someone who really appreciates food, I had a little epiphany about a year ago, and here’s where I currently stand: mindless eating is a complete insult to food.
Think about it. It really is!
It’s the equivalent to making out with someone you don’t even care about. Whatever happened to “Hello, nice to meet you. What’s your name? Let’s take this slow?” People feel a little attraction or a little lonely, and it’s like they can’t control themselves. Same with food. People see a bag of chips that might look good, and without even thinking about whether they really want it (or what it’s made of), they attack it and finish it, never even taking a moment to fully enjoy it or really get to “know it.” And then, surprise, surprise, they’re left feeling sick and guilt ridden for taking advantage of a food they didn’t even really love (or for letting that food take advantage of them).
And then there’s the good food. You know, the kind that tastes really great time after time, the kind you want to get acquainted with, invest in, and bring out its best qualities. The kind of food you don’t want to rush, but you’d rather enjoy slowly, one little bite at a time. The type of food you would never want just for one lonely night when you’re feeling starved and desperate for anything that comes your way. The type of food you can’t imagine living the rest of your life without. Yeah, you know the type I’m talking about.
Bottom line – only eat the food you really want and truly love.
(Oh, and don’t make out with strangers.)
I guess my best advice on healthy eating is to work on finding that wonderful balance of choosing a healthy entrée, so that you don’t feel “guilty” following it up with your favorite dessert, and say no to diets that forever eliminate the foods you really love. Most importantly, commit yourself to mindful eating. No more flings with foods you don’t really care about. You’ll feel much better about yourself in the morning!