We’re here for the pierogies.
*grins* As answers go to the great mystery of life it’s as good a reply as any. (Though 42 does rank right up there.)
I love food. I love trying new food. I love cooking food. I live – sadly – in a city and state that isn’t really known for being a “foodie” type of place. Sometimes it’s almost enough to get me to want to pick up and move elsewhere, but I make do. One of the reasons I don’t have cable is because I’d spend most of my time watching Food Network (or DIY when the boring shows are on :D ) and I’d never get anything else done.
I have done my romps through the tasteless garbage of the fast food industry. Participated in my own little version of “SuperSize Me” back in college where I packed on something like 70 pounds during my sophomore year eating Double QuarterPounders with cheese. (It’s taken me more than ten years and several attempts but most of that weight is off.)
For obvious reasons I don’t do that anymore. *grins* Sure I indulge and occasionally I forget how awful it makes me feel to eat crappy food, but on the whole I have successfully shifted my taste buds into the realm of sanity.
The clean eating movement has become more and more popular over the last few years as people in America (chiefly) realize that over-processed, sugared, white-floured food isn’t really food at all and that the quality of the food you put into your body affects the quality of your life.
I hear a lot of arguments against eating “healthy” – it’s too expensive, too time-consuming, too much effort. And in some cases I think it can be, however I always come back to the idea that when a person mentions those things they should be aware also they’re saying it’s too expensive, time-consuming, too much effort to take care of themselves properly.
And that, to put it bluntly, is a load of crap. It’s not too expensive to take care of your body now rather than later. It’s not too time-consuming to fix a healthy meal instead of eating chemicals wrapped in paper. It’s not too much effort to put together a quick salad at home instead of getting in the car, driving to the fast food joint and driving home again.
I will admit it’s not an easy road at first. Our tastebuds have become so corrupted that it takes time and effort to change them back over to the understanding of what “good” actually tastes like. But it’s so worth it. It’s so worth it to feel healthy after you eat instead of wanting to curl up and sleep (or worse wanting to die because you feel so awful). It’s so worth it to see the shift in your skin, your hair, your body just from the simple effort of eating good, clean food rather than processes junk.
As spring rolls through the land, I challenge you (if you’re not already) to seek out the farmer’s markets and buy some produce. Take it home and make something fabulous. Or you can have local produce delivered right to your door when you sign up for a farmer’s co-op. Just make a little change, start small, look for something new. I think you’ll be surprised at what you find.