Birthday Cakes Holiday Cakes...to eat or not to eat
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Man is what he eats.
I came across a great article today in SPARK that segued me to another great article and yet to another (one could spend too many minutes on this great web site!) that led to my jackpot article! It started out with OPTIMISTIC thinking - which Lord knows, I can never learn enough about. Next, was a gal sharing how outside influences in our society really can zap a person who thinks about that stuff because it seems like a mountain too tall to conquer - and it turns some of us to the way of the PESSIMIST. Somehow I cam around to the new QUOTES page by Spark. I read some of those that are AWESOME (hollah!) because I am constructing my visual poster and I am gonna use some of those.
But, then I clicked on one saying by some German dude who made my brain blink: oh, SNAP!! I am the one making this new healthier way of eating DRUDGERY! It's my attitude - which has been on the PESSIMISTIC side: "oh waaah, cooking healthy is so booooor-ing and this is how I have to eat for the rest of my days....WAAAAAAH!"
Then I thought of the people I cook for: the people I love. Think about it. Don't you always cook for the people you love and care about? Then I thought: so, why would I serve them food that would slowly KILL them?? The enchiladas and frijoles may taste SUPERB, but it's not healthy. Some ingredients are the exact opposite - those food ingredients will slowly KILL THE ONES I LOVE. Holy Schneike!!!
Now, that realization is a sort of EPIPHANY (thank you God) that has given me a NEW TAKE on my bad attitude and the lies it's been telling my head. I am going to KEEP that visual in my head when planning meals. Yes, it's gonna take a bit of work to re-think my cooking style, but, no longer am I going to consider myself a great cook if I am serving HARMFUL ingredients in the meal I prepare for those I love. I will cook them their enchiladas and frijoles, but of a healthy mixture of foods and spices.
What started all this today was that it's my hubster's b-day and instead of enjoying him, my head is whirling like Hugo the Hurricane about the dessert: the cake and ice cream. Here's what my head does to me: "oh, no...waddoIdo, waddoIdo, waddoIdo? I am doing so GOOD on my Sparky way so far! I don't want to fail. I know those carbs will send my system into a meltdown, like a junkie lookin' for a fix - which, in my case, is carbs. And I know this. And waddIdo? I WANT to get healthier. I don't want to slide back into being fat and unhealthy because it's taking a toll on my health. WaddIdo, waddIdo, waddIdo?.."
But, now I know what to do! HOORAY!! I can have a healthy cake and whipped creme alongside the unhealthy cake and ice cream on the birthday table! Using my carb wisdom, I know that Duncan Hines Chocolate Fudge cake, with chocolate fudge icing will wreak havoc on a carb-sensitive system and most likely make me say," oh, what's the use? I ate TWO pieces of that cake and it was so-o-o ooey gooey good tasting, but I know my butt is going to be that much bigger tomorrow" and thus another let down leads to another binge and, worse, straying away from a healthier me. However, ANGEL FOOD cake is more carb-friendly. It's more calorie-friendly, too. Light whipped creme is healthier than many ice creams or I could even do sugar free ice cream. But, envisioning a medium thick slice of angel food cake in all it's airy goodness, topped with a couple tablespoons of thick whipped creme, topped with some blueberries and strawberries....THAT is not going to make me feel like a failure! Au contrare...it will make me feel like a WINNER! (and I secretly want to see if my ingest-type-loved-ones end up coming to the lighter side of the table...
Isn't it funny how I always understand how I can be a better server for others FIRST...not so much for myself?