Sunday, December 30, 2012

The truth about good food..

I just read a post on another foodie's blog of the hate she is getting from eating real food, and how people are being shamed for eating meat, dairy and gluten. I feel like I have to address the subject of what "good" food is to me.

I know everyone has their own definition of what "good food" is.  Some people love home-cooked meat and potatoes, pies, take-out, chips and hamburgers, and all of the above.  Are any of those foods really bad for you?  In moderation, I say no.  I think you can eat a hamburger and not feel like you are going to turn into a cow afterwards.  I believe in butter, cream, and eating chocolate.  However, moderation is the key, isn't it?

I think sometimes the picture of "healthy" food gets confused with the picture the media portrays of "healthy food".  Calorie-wise dressing is not healthy.  It is full of chemicals, and is literally putting extra shit in your body.  Olive-oil based dressings that you whip up at home may have "fat", but it is actually a whole, real food.  You know what all the ingredients are.  I'm not saying you can't have your bottled dressing, I'm just saying that we need to be more concerned with what we put in our bodies.

Eating regular "whole" fat cheese is much better than the crap that has been overly processed to make it low-fat.  If you are that concerned about needing low-fat cheese, you probably shouldn't be eating it.  The same goes with milk, and I do not drink milk but I think that if you need skim milk, because regular milk is too fattening, you should look at your diet more closely.  I'm sure that the ritz cracker calories you eat a day have more calories than you using regular or 2% milk in your coffee!

“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.”
- Joan Gussow

I think great cooks like Julia Child, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, and many more prove to us that you can eat deliciously, without processed crap.  I think everyone should have a balanced diet, with meats if you eat meat, fish, vegetables, dairy and carbs.  I see so many people go off  carbs because they are so evil, and lose a shit load of weight, and guess what happens?  After three months of no carbs, no dairy, no sugar and starving yourself, you binge eat and gain twice the weight back. 

I do not believe in deprivation for weight loss.  I believe that you can eat your dessert, and you can make just as good desserts with less calories if you need to without adding chemicals to it.  You just need to use your head.  What is the point of living if you deprive yourself of something good?  Something that you're meant to enjoy?

There are also the people shaming you out of eating wheat, or dairy because it makes you fat or only eating raw foods so you stay youthful.  I think those people are full of shit to be honest.  If you have to eat gluten-free because you have an allergy, that's perfectly fine.  My mother is gluten-free because she needs to be, but do not tell people they must eat gluten free because gluten will kill you, it makes you older, it makes you fatter, whatever.  Bread was one of the first foods ever eaten in the world.  I think it's the processed excuse for bread that is the only bad thing for you.  If you eat a whole loaf of bread every single day, well then you might have a problem.

“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?”
― Julia Child

I know some of you are probably reading this and saying, "Well she isn't even thin, why is she giving people this advice, or she doesn't know anything about food or diets?"  Well, the truth is, I am giving my opinion because I am sick of hearing about people telling people how to eat, and how to live.  If I went to France, I would eat cheese, and I would not feel guilty about it.  If I went to Italy, I would eat pasta everyday and there is nothing wrong with that, but I am so tired of people telling other people they must eat a vegan diet because meat is bad, or gluten-free because you'll die fat.  I do not care about that.  I care about good food.  The kind that doesn't come from containers. I love farm markets, unprocessed meats, and bakery fresh bread, and I hope you guys do too!

I apologize for the rambly-ness of this post!

Until next time,


Monday, December 10, 2012

Meatless Monday: Easy Curry

Mark and I have been doing Meatless Mondays off and on for about a year or so.  We really enjoy trying new meatless meals, and I thought it would be a great way to bring a new twist to the recipes I usually post.  This recipe for easy curry is one of our favorites.  If you aren't a fan of meatless meals, you could always add chicken instead of beans.  I hope you enjoy!