Good morning everyone! How’s it going? I had a really good day yesterday – super busy but good! Started it off right with a chocolate peanut butter GM:
I’m sad to say that I think I may be getting tired of these…I was spoiled last week with the oatmeal pancakes and haven’t really wanted to look back! Still super tasty though 🙂 Work was incredibly busy, but I found time to take a picture of my $0.78 mangos:
It was amazing…spicy, sweet, and savory. You gotta love a meal like that! When I started on my lunch break walk it started raining, so I turned around and headed to Whole Foods instead. I came out with a bottle of water and a chocolate bar…you know, the essentials:
After work we dropped the dogs off at home and then went to go watch our friends Rebecca & Rhett’s little boy, Fielder, play his first T-Ball game. Sadly it was canceled, so we did the pizza dinner thing instead!
I had one slice of each before calling it quits, but definitely could have had more if I’d let myself! The crust was just OK, but the toppings and sauce were awesome. And let’s be honest: I don’t recall a pizza I didn’t like! I know as soon as I’m done writing this I’ll be dragging my happy butt to bed so I can get up and workout in the AM 🙂
Joy in Food
If y’all have read my “About Me” section, you know that I’ve been battling food and my relationship with it for almost 15 years now. That’s a really long time! And it’s been a long time coming that I’ve really, TRULY been able to take joy in food for the first time. I always LIKED food, but I think it’s a completely different thing to learn how to take joy in it. I’m happy to say that even though I still struggle with disordered thinking from time to time, my passion for food has been ever-growing and ever-changing, increasing and becoming stronger than I ever thought possible.
When I say I have a passion for food, I don’t mean I’m obsessed with it. What I mean is that I’ve found peace with thinking that food is bad for me, and have found that I love cooking, baking, and giving food. It’s not only a source of nourishment: it’s a creative outlet, a way to express to my love for my body and for others. Here are a couple of ways that I began to finally take joy in food in my life:
- Think realistically. ONE unhealthy meal will not make me fat. A series of unhealthy meals? Probably. But one? My body doesn’t respond that way to food…and neither does yours. If you are going to enjoy a more indulgent meal, then actually enJOY it! Take in the flavors, the textures, the aromas, the experience. And then get over it! Realistically one meal won’t make a difference, so it makes no sense to feel anguished because of ONE meal.
- Experiment. When I was in college I took a 3-semester class that had a lab in a real working kitchen. Through that I learned how to make mayonaisse, hollandaise, bechamel; I learned how to fry, I learned how to quickly handle a knife, I learned how to cook meat, and I learned how to cultivate my palate to understand how things went together. It wasn’t culinary school, but it was pretty close, and I loved it! It excited me to have found this new world of flavor and understanding of food, and through that I began to experiment. Experimenting with food makes every meal new, interesting, and never lets you get bored. And it helped me understand that food could be fun and didn’t have to be my enemy!
- Share the love. I love to bake. A LOT. And I do bake. A LOT. But I bake because I love to and I share that love and that food with my friends and co-workers. You don’t have to partake of every single thing you make…and sharing that with others is a great way to give something that no one else can. PLUS it gives the opportunity to cook and not have to eat it all…something that I struggled with for a really long time. I love that every week I get to take food to my workplace and bless others with it!
- Develop your own style. This goes right along with the “Experiment” point, but we are all different…celebrate that! Think about your passions: are you a vegetarian? Do you prefer red meat? Do you want to focus on sustainable resources? OR what about your dietary needs: are you allergic to anything? Do you have an ethnicity that you like to stay with? Developing your own style of cooking can be so freeing and open a world of creativity you never thought possible.
These are just a few of the ways that I’ve found joy with food and cooking in my life, and I am so thankful every day that I’ve been blessed with that love. It’s something I’ll never get tired of and will never want to stop doing!