Confession: I'm a Food Snob

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
5/25/2012 6:00 PM   :  115 comments   :  16,318 Views

My BFF called me a food snob when I gave her the evil eye at her suggestion of stopping for fast food on a trip.  We had done that too many times already, I thought.  I asked if we could eat somewhere healthier and she called me a food snob, saying I looked down on other people's way of eating.  That is not the truth; the truth is that I have learned what makes my body lose weight and feel its best.  I still have fast food, just every now and then.  It is no longer habitual.
 
Here is where I definitely am a food snob though:  I like to eat the best first, not save the best for last.  Then I don't eat extra calories to get to the good part.  If you find yourself forcing yourself to eat the crusts of the bread to get to the yummy middle, cut them off and save the calories. I like the middle of a pancake the best, so I eat a pancake from the middle out.  Most of the time, I don't finish my pancakes.
 
Be a food snob.  Don't just take food because it's there.  Take the BEST single serving of what you want. You deserve the best!  Just scooping up something without thought doesn't give you any empowerment. Speaking of empowerment, leave a bite on your plate to prove you control the food and it does not control you. 
 
I also buy food differently.  I don't see a fruit tray as expensive anymore.  That is the same amount of money I would spend on fast food for two people for a single meal.  That cut up fruit will last two days.  I shop for more whole grain items and cereals and very lean meat.  I often use canned beans for a quick salad at lunch time.
 
If healthier food is pricier and you have a hard time affording what you would like, you are in my neck of the woods.  I have to pick my battles.  Vegetables and whole grains like brown rice make wonderful bases for meals.  Whole grain pastas also make fast and cheap meals. 
 
Consider joining a food co-op or shop from farmer's markets where foods are the freshest and best tasting.  Not only will you get delicious produce, meats, and milk depending on what farm or co-op you visit, but the prices are usually much lower.      
 
No matter what food plan you are using, food snobbery doesn't have to be a negative thing. It keeps things out of your mouth that you know aren't going to help you reach your goals.  Have leftovers?  Pack them up and save them for another time, or donate them to a lonely neighbor or a food pantry. Food snobbery also includes not using your body as a human garbage disposal.  You are worthy of no such thing!  Waste those calories, don't waist them. You will just end up lugging them around in the form of weight and will have to work at burning them off.
 
Many of my friends are vegan or vegetarian. Others are overweight and trying various eating plans.  I would say I'm a ''flexitarian.''  Oh yes, and a food snob. I save the best for first.


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  • 115
    REALLY Great Blog! I have never even considered eating the best part first! I'll definitely be thinking about that during my next meal! :) - 8/12/2014   7:12:44 PM
  • 114
    I'm a food snob, but I won't waste food. I only take what I intend to eat. If there are leftovers, save them for later. Amercia wastes too much food. We throw too much food in our landfills. People go hungry every day, and the idea of wasting food just prove it doesn't have power over me seems fairly self-centered. - 7/4/2014   7:24:00 PM
  • 113
    I am definitely one of those "get the worst over with first" people. What a waste of calories! A few people have indicated that they don't like to waste food, I agree. I do not like cooking so I make huge batches and freeze them so I don't have to cook more than 3 days a week. At restaurants, I've started to gain the courage to ask for what I want (no bread basket please or I know I won't eat x could you leave it off the plate?). - 5/26/2014   11:38:33 AM
  • 112
    Well said! :) - 5/5/2014   6:39:07 PM
  • MOONGLOWSNANA
    111
    I really like this blog and the comments from HONEYLISSABEE. I don't like to waist or waste food! My parents lived through the depression and were conservative ever after. I don't want for much, but I try to conserve when I can thus it's hard to throw away food. I compost what I can and serve grandkids a small helping first to see if they like it. They can always put more on their plates, and then I expect them to clean their plates if they are of school age. I like and eat all kinds of food from several cultures and want my children and grands to be aware of the diversity of food that people eat to be both healthy and be happy. - 5/5/2014   1:07:40 PM
  • 110
    think it is okay to be a bit of a food snob .. LOL our health dictates that we can and should be food snobs ... - 4/13/2014   10:09:47 AM
  • 109
    The toughest time to control my diet is definitely when I'm out with friends, while they're buying every unhealthy thing under the sun, and I feel like I'm crashing the party by not joining in. - 11/17/2013   4:01:50 AM
  • 108
    I loved this except for the flextitarian part, but I won't let my "the word is omnivore!" pet peeve ruin the good advice. Really, truly, don't let it ruin the good stuff, self. Okay, out of my system. I'm a vegetarian (hence the pet peeve) and I've been living in a foreign country for about 5 months. I have been relying on fast food on base and pastries off base because I just don't know where to go yet and I'm up a pants size because of it. It hasn't been easy to explore with a little one in tow, but this article shows that I can return to my food snobbiness with little decisions, and take the time to find healthier eateries with some preplanning. Thanks for the pep talk! I needed it! - 11/17/2013   3:06:35 AM
  • 107
    I'm becoming a food snob slowly. I'm not interested in the 51% whole wheat pasta. Instead of Kraft Mac and Cheese with Ballpark Franks (which are gross), I go for Annie's Organic Whole Wheat Shells and White Cheddar with Applegate Farms Beef Hotdogs. I pick Organic Blue corn tortilla chips over Tostitos.

    I think the one way I'm not a food snob is that I still like saving the best for last. I just can't seem to get past that. In fact, I actually trained myself not to do that. When I still drank frappucinos, I had a rule that I wouldn't drink one when I was thirsty. I knew that if I was thirsty, I'd finish the drink in a matter of minutes. I try to keep the same rule with eating (though, I'm not great at it). Before I eat, I try to drink some water or tea so that I'm not eating due to thirst (especially fruit/veggies). Then, I try to eat the lower calorie fruit/veggies first so I don't eat the higher calorie stuff too quickly.

    I think I may work on switching things around so I'm not eating the dry outer edge of the Cinnabon to get to the gooey middle (hey, it's a good illustration!) The middle is the best part, so maybe I'll start at the middle, but save a little piece of the very center for my last bite.

    And who says crusts have to go to waste? Save them in a plastic baggie in the freezer. They can be used to make whole grain breadcrumbs. I also know of people who use leftover crusts and scraps from packing lunches for their kids to make french toast casserole and muffins. Make a batch of french toast muffins and pair one or two (depending on size) with some fruit and a glass of milk (you can even add dried fruit/nuts into the muffins) for a quick breakfast. As far as I'm concerned, french toast really isn't too far off from having eggs and toast. It just depends on how you make it. - 11/17/2013   12:39:09 AM
  • CINDISUEK
    106
    I am also a food snob because I can be. Some people just do not understand the struggles some of us go through. Best wishes to everyone on their own journey!
    - 12/14/2012   4:14:23 PM
  • 105
    this is so hard for me to remember - but you, and me, and everyone: we are all worth it. - 9/10/2012   9:15:26 AM
  • 104
    LOVE THIS!!!
    " I would say I'm a ''flexitarian.'' Oh yes, and a food snob. I save the best for first."

    Hope it is O.K. if I use this. - 7/28/2012   7:40:44 PM
  • 103
    I'm a food snob! I haven't had fast food since Feb 2005. - 7/19/2012   11:40:50 AM
  • LISAZIG
    102
    I Love the way you look at things Beth.....I am going to start being a Food Snob and start with the best stuff!!!! - 7/1/2012   7:33:32 PM
  • 101
    What a great way to look at food..Love it! - 6/26/2012   5:40:14 PM
  • 100
    Love your blog!! I too eat the best first!! ...for the same reasons you do! :D - 6/9/2012   8:28:53 AM
  • LIVEFORFOOD
    99
    Great post - saving the best for first is something to remember. - 6/4/2012   1:03:52 PM
  • 98
    I really like that idea of eating the best and leaving the rest. - 6/3/2012   2:49:15 PM
  • CAMARON108
    97
    This is so true. I am with you on not wanting to eat fast food all the time most of the time my body gets made at me if I eat fast food. - 6/1/2012   3:34:30 PM
  • 96
    I just can't eat fast food anymore. From time to time I think I want it and for a bite or two it tastes good but then it just makes me feel sluggish or something. I'm not sure how to describe it but its like I've swallowed rocks or something. - 5/30/2012   1:10:45 PM
  • 95
    I don't know if I consider myself a food snob/elitist or not. I am in charge of my body, my life...my decisions are what counts. Now, unless you talked badly about your friend for wanting to have fast food on your trip, I don't see how you're a snob. We all know how it is...our better habits seem to shine a light on other people's bad ones...and they don't like it, so they take it out on us. They'll get over it.

    I don't agree with leaving a bite to show "control." Control is in my planning a healthy menu for my day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, a couple of snacks...maybe even a sweet treat) and sticking to it, regardless of what temptations may come. I like being in control! - 5/30/2012   11:48:06 AM
  • ANNEV2012
    94
    If wanting eating fresh, organic produce, nothing that comes out of a packet or box, and 90% homemade foods = a snob...I'm happy to be one. - 5/29/2012   11:59:53 PM
  • 93
    Great blog!!! I am going to keep your mottos in mind. - 5/29/2012   8:10:00 PM
  • TAMIKATNL
    92
    Cool, I like some of those ideas. I have started limiting my fast food intake..they just don't give the same satisfaction as a few years ago any more. I can relate to the food snob thing too. I don't always order lunch with my co workers and have been called out for it. I purchase a cheap salad from our local grocer and put orange slices on it while they sit and eat some fast food choice of the day. Not that I don't eat fast food at all, it's just limited. My nieces and nephews always opt for it when they are at my place and even though I may not order a meal for myself I always have some of their fries. Lately I've heard my co workers complaining of how they feel during the day....sluggish and heavy, while I'm feeling great! Well in that case, I will continue to have my healthy alternative and save my calories....taking steps to move forward not backward. - 5/28/2012   2:55:07 PM
  • ANDYGIRL1219
    91
    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts. Thanks for encouraging me - I don't have to feel quilty spending more to have healthy food. We are worth it! - 5/28/2012   5:06:28 AM
  • 90
    Good for you--sticking to your new healthy routine. We no longer rely on fast food for our nutrition like we once did either. Best of luck on your journey! - 5/27/2012   10:27:25 PM
  • 89
    Good food is not always the most expensive! It all depends upon your view point. Fast food appears to be cheaper, but it does not include the price of the health consequences down the road. Healthy and good food has the full price up front with few hidden costs down the road. - 5/27/2012   7:07:16 PM
  • JMATTINGLY82
    88
    When My family goes on long road trips I pack a cooler of good food for us to have when the kids are ready to stop for a meal. Takes a lot of work but it is worth it when I hear my 5 and 3 year olds ask for a sandwhich with sodium free ham on whole flat bread. :0 - 5/27/2012   5:46:06 PM
  • SANDYLH1
    87
    If that is being a food snob, I'm one too. - 5/27/2012   2:30:01 PM
  • 86
    I have my standards that I set for me, and I stick by them. I usually plan when and where I eat, but if I cannot choose I use my "three bite rule". I like to eat in moderation. I never feel deprived because I eat what I like. But not usually more than three bites of whatever it is... when it is high in calories or less than stellar in nutrition especially. SP has enabled me to make wiser decisions about what I put into my body. I'm not perfect, and I AM making progress!
    Thanks for a great blog, Beth! - 5/27/2012   2:00:36 PM
  • 85
    I guess I'm in that club as well. I often get that look and comment as well. I am very particular about what I eat and don't like to eat McD and other fast food all the time. Even when I go I pick and choose what I get there and order special.

    rumbamel - 5/27/2012   1:23:49 PM
  • 84
    Because words are important (to me!) I wouldn't call myself a food snob, but a FOOD ELITIST.

    After 22 years of teaching college, I KNOW not all students are created equally in terms of their intellectual capacity, interest in learning, maturity, etc., no matter what 'no child left behind' tries to espouse. I try to teach each the best I can, but I am aware the results will not be equal, and I admit I'll willingly spend more time/effort on a student who has interest and capacity--so I'm called an academic elitist when I urge us to spend the greater effort, at least part of the time, on those capable of becoming good leaders.

    It's the same way with food...not all food is created equal in terms of nutrition, taste, etc. I eat the best I can find/afford, and the best of that! if I don't have a need for the entire thing. I love this blog...just not the terminology. - 5/27/2012   12:52:37 PM
  • 83
    Well said Beth! I too, am a food snob and proud of it! - 5/27/2012   11:45:23 AM
  • 82
    That settles it for me! No more guilt over buying the expensive trays of cut up fruit; you're right! We're worth it. - 5/27/2012   11:16:32 AM
  • 81
    Great advice! However, I don't agree on eating the best first. I carefully measure out all my meals and sometimes you have to eat those veggies when you plain aren't in the mood for veggies. Why would you want to eat that last? Or worse yet, get so full that you don't eat them at all! I still stick by the "save the best for last" motto (with the clause of that you know how many calories are on your whole plate of course). - 5/27/2012   11:15:29 AM
  • CIRANDELLA
    80
    Aww, Beth...believe me, you are NO "food snob"! Like everyone else on the planet, you have your standards for what it is you're willing to eat, and that sounds like a very healthy thing to me. {{{Beth}}} - 5/27/2012   10:22:12 AM
  • 79
    Nice points. I don't agree with leaving the last bite though! I carefully measure single portions of my favorite foods, and allow myself to savor every single yummy bite, guilt free! - 5/27/2012   9:42:10 AM
  • CHEFMOM1199
    78
    I TOTALLY agree with you - I'm a food snob too! You can't drag me into a fast food place (I can't even call them restaurants!) Eating healthy is a way of life. AWESOME! - 5/27/2012   9:32:42 AM
  • 77
    I totally agree with you--eat what's best for you
    - 5/27/2012   7:22:47 AM
  • 76
    I'm proud to be a food snob!!!! :) - 5/27/2012   3:11:59 AM
  • SDORTON2
    75
    I am so with you on this! - 5/27/2012   12:01:55 AM
  • 74
    So well said!
    - 5/26/2012   9:17:29 PM
  • 73
    OK, I've decided to join in and become a food snob too! Love it!!!! - 5/26/2012   9:11:54 PM
  • 72
    I have also been accused of being a food snob (both teasing and seriously). I am very proud to be one! I'm glad there are others as well. :) - 5/26/2012   8:02:59 PM
  • 71
    Years ago a friend lost about 100 lbs. Her motto was "It looks better in the garbage can than it does on me".
    Thanks Beth, for another thought-provoking blog!!! - 5/26/2012   5:56:52 PM
  • 70
    Interesting. - 5/26/2012   5:07:50 PM
  • 69
    I didn't save the best for last. I read your blog first!
    Thanks again for another wonderful blog. - 5/26/2012   4:45:00 PM
  • 68
    I buy good food Mostly make a u around the store then frozen vegetables and canned beans brown rice whole grain noodles and grains - 5/26/2012   4:39:08 PM
  • 67
    My BFF was teasing me, of course. She is and was actually my inspiration to lose weight in the first place. She is amazing and has lost 150 pounds herself! - 5/26/2012   3:39:31 PM
  • 66
    I've been thinking about my food choices lately. I'm trying to get to the point that if I do go over my calorie range it's something worthwhile, and not fast food. - 5/26/2012   2:49:24 PM

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