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I Love Food… That's Why I Hate It

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Good ol' Homer J. Simpson got it right when he claimed that alcohol was both the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

For me, however, it's food.

I love it. I love cooking it, I love smelling it, I lover seeing it, and cooking shows are my not-so-guilty pleasure. But most of all, I love eating it.

I vaguely remember my first sojourn into cooking. It entailed putting peanut butter on white bread and then under the broiler for a couple of minutes until the edges of the bread turned brown and the peanut butter started to bubble. This was, oh I dunno, certainly more than 40 years ago. And my love of food has never stopped.

But I also allowed food to become one of the factors in my obesity because the I stopped seeing it as an avenue to good health (physical, emotional, mental) and instead saw it as a way to alleviate stress, frustration, sadness, joy, and so on.

But recently, I've been able to reclaim my love of food as a path out of the health crisis I've found myself in.

I am no homeopath - I believe strongly in modern medicine - but I do know that healthy eating is a very necessary component to overall health. But it took a while to remember it.

I'll try to remember to make posts here with the details on various aspects of reclaiming my love for food as a healthy journey but, to start, here's how I started:

1. I recognized the food rut I was in - I needed to try new things
2. Trying new things got me excited about food and learning again
3. I replaced my stove with a model that met my needs (this had a much greater impact than I could have imagined)
4. I replaced my charcoal grill with a gas grill (another change that had more impact than I knew)
5. Rediscovered my love of cast iron (cheap, indestructible, and convenient)
6. Instant Pot. Yeah, I'll opine on this later!
7. Sous vide - life changing, that's all I'll say for now

I know that it can't all be contributed to having bought new tools (okay, new "toys") but I am not going to dismiss their impact, either. They brought a level of excitement to my cooking and I was able to see how using them allowed me to ditch the use of high-caloric sauces and sodium-bomb broths.

I should also note that I bought all these over the past couple of years because budget is an issue for my family.

So, I have no idea if anyone will bother reading this or not. If not, that's cool. It will serve as an avenue for me to articulate my thoughts as I continue to become aware of food and its benefits again.

But if you are reading this and, like me, allowed food to become a crutch instead of love, I hope you get something out of these upcoming posts.

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