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.