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Marinating Mistake - Food Blogs, Pictures and Recipes

Friday, January 04, 2013

I love searching for new recipe ideas. I enjoy cooking, trying new recipes and making changes or improvements.
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While looking for healthy recipes I wind up looking look at pies, cakes, cupcakes, chocolate, snacks, cocktails, breads, pastas and more and juicing-up cravings for anything and everything (the worse for me, the more intense the craving) other words, foods I don't need and didn't want up until a few minutes earlier. Those cravings can linger (even for days) and cause me to go have to battle the craving, or divert my attention from it, or sometimes give in to something that won't be half as good as I the food in my imagination.

On top of that, just the time spent wasted looking at food is always much more than I realized and could be used for other productive pursuits including sleep or marinating in something healthy.

I'm also recognizing a connection between getting lost in recipe/food searches and my avoidance of something else I should be doing.

This is counterproductive and needs to stop. I can do something about this.

First, awareness is often more than half of the battle for me. Just becoming gaining awareness often puts me on a better path. I'm going to avoid searching for food unless I'm truly want a recipe for a particular food or meal. Before I start a food search I'll set a timer and I will stop my search when time is up, even if I haven't found the recipe I want. I'll also be mindful about what I should be doing and I won't get lost in food pictures if I really should be doing something else. I'll also try to limit my searches to places that rate higher on my health-o-meter to limit opportunities for wild-unhealthy cravings.

I started to write about the obvious cravings caused by food pictures and recipes, but I ended up with a new awareness and a play to combat a bigger problem. Time well spent.
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    Oh I so hear you on the thinking of some food for days on end, and it being a battle!! I hope your plan works for you!
    1801 days ago
    Oh, this has happened to me too! It is hard to pull yourself away, I totally understand.
    1803 days ago
    Food porn. Yea. I totally get it. Doesn't matter, for me, whether there are pictures or not, if I'm looking for something, it's because I want it, and the more I look, the more I want it LOL I feel you, and love the fact that you're facing it head on and working to reduce the negative impact a supposedly positive activity can have.
    1804 days ago
    I call food photos food porn. Because that is what they all those rcipe photos are for me. I have a few tried and true cookbooks and websites. I limit my scope to save time nad not get off track.
    1805 days ago
    I DO THE SAME THING! So glad I'm not alone in this. Excellent idea to set a timer!
    1805 days ago
    I love searching recipes too! This week I planned all my meals on Sunday, so during the week there's no digging through recipes. I also printed an extra plan and put it on the fridge with the current plan, and when I think of something I'd like to make (like baked Acorn Squash) that goes on next week's plan. I find this has reduced my food stresses greatly this week!
    1805 days ago
    I had a friend who used to be a food photographer. It was fascinating. Ever notice how the food always matches the plates and accessories? Like we all have cabinets full of different dishes? She used to go to flea markets and buy salt and pepper shakers, one spoon or one bowl. The food itself is always cold so the steam doesn't ruin the photo. They spray it with gloss spray. The point is that what you actually see in the photo is inedible. Look at old food photos from the 60s and 70s. They seem pale. Then in the 80s they took to using black backgrounds so they could emphasize different colors. Photos don't have smell, which is essential to enticement, so they have to play with the look. It isn't real. It's like the first time you see the back of a model, at all the pins holding the fabric so it looks perfect. Food photos are like any other ad. It's all in how you learn to see it.
    1805 days ago
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