Food is My Favorite

I love food.  I was talking to my friend the other day about utensils, and we both agreed that we enjoy eating with cutlery as opposed to eating with our hands, but if the need arises, hands are fine.  I finally said, “Food is such a high priority to me that if I was required to bend forks with my mind in order to eat, I could probably do it.”

My mom has a four year post-secondary education in cooking, so I grew up eating well, and despite a small period in my life where I wanted to eat only PB&J sandwiches for every meal, I did grow up to have a diverse taste for food.  I am not a picky eater at all, and I am always willing to try something new.

The trouble with this, of course, is that it can definitely interfere with my goals of being fit and healthy.  Sometimes I wish I was picky so I could at least have the desire to say no to food!

Since I started counting my calories last year, I have become a little more discerning.  I love cake.  But not all cakes are created equal.  Chocolate cake is clearly superior and I will budget room in my day for a slice.  Italian cream cake…I can pass on it.  I am not willing to do the extra time on my treadmill for it.  Even if it’s good, it’s not worth it to me anymore.

I have also become more interested in discovering ways to substitute out food that burns through my calorie budget with lower calorie options that are equally as delicious.  I have always loved French fries.  But they are both high calorie and very salty and neither are good for my day.  I started buying baby potatoes, cutting them up small, boiling them briefly and then roasting them really hot in the oven until they were crispy.  I leave them unsalted and eat them with ketchup, and it satisfies my need for French fries for a much lower calorie cost and I was able to do this while losing and maintaining my 30lb weight loss.

I am not one of those people who will become unbearable when I get hungry, and I would like to think I could fast and still be sensible and treat people courteously.  But I don’t like anything to stand between me and my food.  I plan my day around my next delicious morsel, a truly wonderful provision from God. 

Oddly enough, my passion for eating has not been met with a passion for cooking, but I am hoping that will slowly improve as well!