I love food. I’ve always loved food. Sometimes I loved the food I ate more than I loved me. By that I mean I loved potato chips and all the other things like potato chips. I even bought into the new “healthy ones” with a few whole grains thrown in and “reduced fat” I never questioned what was in them, I just ate them. Me and Dean used to need 2 family size bags on movie night because we didn’t like to share our salty addictions.
I also used to eat out a lot. I mean – chicken nuggets were the healthy choice right – especially now that they were all white meat… Bentley loved them. I’m glad I learned while he was young enough to forget chicken nuggets. I still do eat out – I just pick different places. We have some excellent places to eat good food in Regina, and I don’t have to feel guilty about feeding my toddler at these places.
It’s funny how we try to eat healthy – I used to get caught up in all the mainstream diets – the calorie thing, the points thing, the protein thing, the low fat thing, the no fat thing and my favorite – the baked not fried thing… The thing was, none of those things made me skinny, gave me energy or made me feel good.
Then something changed. A friend of mine showed me her juicer, well, first I saw her walk into a meeting with a mason jar, a straw and some weird green coloured juice. I had two thoughts at the same time: Is she a hippy? quickly followed by I think I want to try that… The next time I saw Amanda, she had a large (I mean large) Tupperware full of melons. I thought geez, this chick is always eating. Doesn’t that fruit have a lot of sugar in it? Boy did I have lots to learn.
After a couple weeks of curious internet browsing, I phoned Dean (who had no idea about my research or shopping plans…) I told him juicer things were on sale at Home Outfitters. Amanda says the Breville one is a good start. Can you go buy one? Today please? I’m sure he rolled his eyes at least twice on his way to Home Outfitters, but he came home with a juicer. Now instead of low-fat no-fat, we just eat (and drink) good food.
The weird thing is, I think what I eat now actually tastes better than what I used to eat before. I started by following a simple rule – If I can’t sounds out the pronunciation of the ingredients, I don’t buy it. (Except those sulfite or sulfate thingies – I know there in red wine and I just have to live with it :)
I decided to write a blog about food because I really like food and I have really enjoyed learning how to enjoy it better. I also like photographing food - Except sometimes I eat it halfway through the photoshoot :) oops...
I hope you tune in every couple weeks and we can learn and have fun with food together!