Darya’s right. I think that the only way for me to achieve a sustainable healthy weight is to become a food geek.
After all, unless food becomes something I geek out about, it will always be something of peripheral importance (at least as far as quality goes, I’m always up for some quantity!).
Every time I’ve lost weight before, I’ve slowly slipped back into old habits and gained it all back. This time, it was “and then some.”
So… food geekery, here I come. Here’s what I’ve been doing lately to become more of a food geek:
Buying Fresh & Local
I try to spend the majority of our food budget at Butler’s Orchard, where they sell local fruits and vegetables. (They round it out with a few imported from elsewhere to have a good variety, but most of it is from in state.)
I’ve been having fun in the kitchen experimenting with eggplant lately. Haven’t decided if this latest batch of eggplant will be ratatouille or eggplant parmesan.
Thanks to Darya, I’ve discovered the heirloom tomato. They’re ugly buggers, but dang, are they tasty!! I probably would have avoided them before due to their higher price and ugliness compared to regular tomatoes. I’m glad my eyes (and tastebuds) have been opened.
Buying Less Crap
I’m not saying buying no crap. After all, DaveTheGame still lives here and I think he’d promptly die without Cheez-Its, Chex Mix, and ice cream.
I also have some Annie’s mac n’ cheese in the cupboard, because a girl has to have her vices.
But on the whole, I try to keep our place relatively crap- and temptation-free. It’s easier to eat healthy when your snack choices are mostly fruits and vegetables.
Darya’s quote really hit home for me:
I enjoy the occasional kettle chip, but it’s hard to eat too much of something you know will give you diabetes and cancer—especially once you learn how delicious the foods are that prevent these diseases.
Reading Up on Food Geekery
I’ve picked up a stack of books and will be letting you know how I like them and what I’ve learned as I finish them. (And probably a few interesting bits via Twitter in the middle.)
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
- Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy by Walter Willett, M.D.
- Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
I started Omnivore’s Dilemma last night and it’s been a fascinating read so far. Pollan follows four meals from farm to table. I’ve learned all about corn – in fact, more about corn than I ever thought there was to know about corn.
My favorite quote so far:
“A chicken nugget, for example, piles corn upon corn: what chicken it contains consists of corn, of course, but so do most of a nugget’s other constituents, including the modified corn starch that glues the thing together, the corn flour in the batter that coats it, and the corn oil in which it gets fried. Much less obviously, the leavenings and lecithin, the mono-, di-, and triglycerides, the attractive golden coloring, and even the citric acid that keeps the nugget “fresh” can all be derived from corn. To wash down your chicken nuggets with virtually any soft drink in the supermarket is to have some corn with your corn.”
I don’t think I can ever think of a chicken nugget as a chicken nugget again. I think from henceforth I shall call them “corn nuggets.”
Monday Kick in the Ass
The ONLY e-newsletter that I read on a regular basis and NEVER skip or delete is the one from Dave Navarro of Rock Your Day.
The guy has the knack of knowing the exact right words to say at the right time. Never has a Monday gone by where I have not been inspired by him to keep on fighting the good fight.
Today’s newsletter was really good. But I won’t talk about it here. I want you to GO THERE and check it out yourself – This Is Your Chance.
What About You?
Are you a food geek?
Would you like to be one?
Have you read any other books I should check out?
Did you sign up for Dave’s newsletter? (You should!!)
What do you do to maintain a healthier lifestyle?
What do you say to yourself to make resisting temptation easier?