Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Food that Loves You Back

Good morning and Happy Valentines Day!!!

Notice the exclamation points?  The detox portion of The Daniel Plan is over (review coming at ‘cha Monday) and I can finally have coffee again.  Now all is right with the world.  

Any romantic plans for the evening?  I think we have officially decided to stay in and cook. 

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(Look how small she was!)

Any night with my little family is a good one indeed.  

(I apologize in advance for the heavy topic on a Friday / holiday.) 

A few weeks ago, when I was perusing Instagram, I read this.

For some reason, this thought / strategy / quote really struck me and I have been thinking about it ever since.  

For years I have heard that in order to “be healthy" I need to think of food as a fuel only.  I need to “eat to live” and not “live to eat.”  Loving food has always had a bad connotation.  

This made me feel kind of guilty, because, um, I LOVE food.  I love cooking. I love experimenting with new recipes. I love going out to eat and trying new restaurants and new cuisines.  I love food.  Period.  Dot.  

Once, during a Weight Watchers meeting, I said something to that effect, and all I got back were crickets and looks of sympathy, which made me feel slightly uncomfortable.

And slightly confused.  Through reading blogs I have discovered many people who have a similar passion for food and live extremely healthy lives.  Examples here, here, here, here, and here.  

How?  The one thing they all have in common?  They all eat REAL food.  Food that God put on this Earth for us to eat.  

So, maybe I shouldn’t feel guilty about loving food.  Instead, maybe I just need to re-evaluate what kinds of food I am loving.  

The past few weeks, before I make any type of food decision - what to snack on, what to eat for breakfast, what to buy at the grocery store, what to plan for dinner, I ask myself a simple question:

Is this food going to love me back?

Yes?  Into the grocery cart it goes!  When the answer is no, the food was surprisingly easy to put down and walk away from without another thought.

This has led to a beautiful change in my diet. 

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Seriously - isn’t that beautiful?  

The real beauty of it all is that, similarly to your high school boyfriend, when food loves you back, when it makes you feel better than ever, you love it all the more.  

So, here’s a Happy Valentine’s Day to one of my many loves - food.  

4 comments:

  1. I love food too, real food, and sweets :)

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  2. Ah I LOVE that. I totally can relate to the whole "you are only healthy when you think of food as fuel" sentiment.

    I am going to start asking myself that question before i want to eat things, too. I can really see how that would re-frame thoughts/feelings/associations with food. However, I know a cookie or chocolate (or wine or beer) isn't going to love me back, but I will still occasionally want it. That's where the hard part comes in. :)

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    1. Very good point. Although, I would say that once in a while, a cookie or wine could love you back. You know what I mean? A glass of wine every once in a while helps me feel relaxed. Sometimes I want to celebrate with a cookie and don't feel bad about it. But what won't love you back is a box of cookies or 2 bottles of wine. Maybe that will help?

      I will have to think on it. :)

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  3. I am the same way with loving food. If everyone thought about food as fuel, we'd have no top restaurants and no Food Network! And yes, that salad/dish you made is beautiful. I love all of the colors. Real. Food.

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