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There's No Food in That Food

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I love Pinterest. I love the fitness quotations, and the cute hairstyles, and all of the great decorating ideas. Mostly though, I love looking at the recipes. I am a total foodie. I didn't get fat on McDonalds and Doritos; I got fat on slow cooked bbq brisket and sweet potato fries and dark chocolate ganache. My idea of a good time is to spend five hours in the kitchen faffing about, making pasta from scratch, or ice cream, or homemade whoopie pies.

Since embarking on this new diet plan, I have given up the high fat cooking for healthier alternatives, bean soup, pork tenderloin, salads, but I still love pinning outrageous recipes on Pinterest, either for day dreaming, or with the intention of trying to lighten them up.

One thing I have noticed about Pinterest though, is that 95% of the time the "diet" recipes are made out of complete crap. I know that not everybody feels like I do about this, and I have had people tell me that I am a snob, but I just can't understand the point of filling your body with garbage. Yes, I want to be thin, but more than that, I want to be healthy. And in addition to being thin and healthy, I want to eat real food that tastes good. I don't care how much you protest, there is no way that something made with lite cool whip either tastes good or is good for you. The first ingredient is water, which is fine, but the next two are corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. You have to live under a rock to not know that HFCS is bad for you. Whipping cream is full of fat, yes, but I can pronounce the ingredients (cream, sugar) and there are actually some nutrients in it. I'd rather have a tablespoon of that than a cup of whipped chemicals.

The ingredient list for fat free chocolate pudding says that it is a good source of calcium, IF you make it with milk. Otherwise, there is a long list of multi-syllabic list of ingredients, almost none of which are found in nature.

It's depressing. Your body is a temple, or maybe not a temple, maybe it's a fun house, or a school, or whatever metaphor you want to explore, but if you eat that stuff, you're treating it like a toxic waste dump.

But people like this stuff. Recipes for gloppy messes of fat free cool whip, pudding and cookie crumbs getting pinned and repinned, and tagged with comments like "delicious" and "healthy".

IT'S NOT HEALTHY! Healthy and low calorie are not the same thing. A healthy dessert is fruit, and that's what you should eat most of the time. Plain fruit, grilled fruit, maybe with a drizzle of honey, or a blop of Greek yogurt. If you want delicious, and you should, because it would be a sad world if we never got to indulge ourselves, then eat something that is really delicious, something made with butter and chocolate and whipping cream. Order it at a restaurant and share it with friends, but don't don't poison in your body and tell yourself you're eating healthy.

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    Amen to that.
    1896 days ago
    I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! Sorry for shouting - but i get so sick of the fake food offerred up to "dieters" - it is one reason i didn't like weight watchers - and why I have never bought a hungry girl book. I eat clean about 95% of the time - real food - lean meats, whole grains, a ton of freggies - and am discovering that they taste awesome... and I kinda think they are good for me too - ya know! I love when i find people who agree with me!!!
    1896 days ago
  • TANYAP71
    I agree 100%. As a 'foodie' diet food horrifies me. As a scientist diet food scares me. Thank goodness I like to cook!
    1913 days ago
    I wholeheartedly agree. Natural is a lot better than chemical, even if it has more calories. These days "fat free" and "sugar free" are like "get out of jail free" cards...
    1913 days ago
    amen to this!! i also believe in eating delicious food - as you say, i'd rather have a tablespoon of delicious cream than a cup of cool whip! we are surrounded by so much processed junk - i'd much rather eat something healthy that might have more calories, than something with no calories that is embalming my body from within!
    1914 days ago
  • BECKY3126
    This is so true! I am a firm believer in real food and not "manufactured" food as well. I eat real butter, bread that has less than 5-6 ingredients in it and if I want dessert, it will have all the real stuff in it. Just a smaller portion.

    I personally believe that this is the reason so many of us are overweight. We have been eating "light" versions and "fat free" versions of foods for years now thinking that somehow they are healthier. Hello!! They are not real food. So we get no nutrition. And we stay hungrier because of it. So we eat more non-real food. It is a vicious cycle and it is horrible for us. I am so glad that I eventually educated myself on this and began to cook my own food with REAL ingredients. The real key, IMO, is portion control.
    1914 days ago
    It's so true the "healthy" and "low calorie" in no way mean the same thing! I like this blof I see sooo many RIDICULOUS deserts posted on pintrest cookie bottomed peanut butter cup stuffed brownies and other such craziness right now grilled fruit with some honey drizzle sounds AMAZING!
    1914 days ago
    AMEN! This is why I still use butter...sparingly, but I will NEVER use margarine. And I'd rather have a small portion of full fat dessert than a large something full of chemicals. emoticon
    1914 days ago
    Well done....great blog and full of truth emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 6/21/2012 5:58:50 PM
    That is why there is NOTHING like the real thing! Go from scratch or nature ingredients and you can't go wrong. I also don't think that if people want to occasionally have this stuff we should dump on them. They just don't know any better....

    God bless,

    1919 days ago
    I have noticed the same thing. Most of the dessert recipes in "diet" cookbooks are made with artificial ingredients, and for the last 15 years or so, all of them are. I guess people just don't like to cook anymore. I still use my million WW cookbooks from the 80s and 90s when you had to spend a lot of time prepping and cooking, but all with real ingredients. And the end results are SO worth it! If the final result is fabulous, you don't need a quart of food to feel satisfied. My one shortcut ingredient is actually hardware: a pressure cooker. How did I ever live without it?
    1919 days ago
  • MUFFIY831
    AMEN to this!!!! I've said for years that my overall healthy eating philosophy essentially boils down to, "I believe in food from farms, not factories."
    1919 days ago
    Good luck!
    1920 days ago
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