Have you ever thought about the word "Foodie?" Where do you consider yourself in this category of people?
Personally, I rarely meet a food I don't like. Except maybe anchovies, I don't like anchovies.
Wikipedia defines a FOODIE as: n.Slang A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet.
To put it simply, I like food. For this reason alone I would consider myself a foodie. I like to experiment in the kitchen, I like to try new places to eat, and I like trying interesting dishes. Sometimes people think what I eat is kinda weird (and that's okay). But being a foodie can be dangerous, it can also be incredibly good. I have experienced both extremes first hand.
But like any hobby or interest, it depends on what you do with it that can make it good or bad. Sometimes too much of a good thing, is actually a bad thing. We've all been there right? Especially for someone who struggles with their weight, being a foodie can be a slippery slope. But, just because a foodie enjoys exploring what the food world has to offer, it doesn't mean being a foodie has to be a bad thing.
I've never been one of those girls who poked at her food, or could eat only rabbit food every day. I've always had an appetite, and I've never been a picky eater. I have a dynamic palate that craves flavor, exotic-ness, variety, adventure, and creativity. But for a very long time I was in a severely abusive relationship with food. I gave food power over me, it controlled my life. Food was my drug of choice. I fell far, far, FAR down the rabbit hole and I resorted to quantity over quality for a long time, creating a vicious cycle of self-hate and emotional eating. Not the right type of foodie to be for sure!
Why am I talking about all of this? I swear I have a point....
The original title of this blog started out as "I LOVE when I find healthy places to eat!" Then, midway through writing it a light bulb went off and I had to stop myself to take a different route.
This last weekend hubby and I tried a new place I happened to drive by one day. "Luci's Healthy Marketplace." This place was absolutely adorable and awesome. It's a health food market, goofy gift shop, coffee bar, and cafe all in one. I spent an hour just cruising up and down the aisles looking at all the neat stuff they had. I spent another 20 minutes staring at the menu trying to decide what to order. The egg white soyrizo spaniard omlette, portobello sandwich, the veg-out sammie, the hot juan black bean burger, or the buckweat waffelicious waffle!
This blog was originally intended to be about this cool little place we found.... But going one step further than that: How COOL is it finding healthy places like this one gives me such an awesome feeling, and finding such places is a priority to me now? It has been for a while, this isn't something brand new don't get me wrong, but sometimes you take a step back in life, take a mental inventory, and realize "DAAAANNNNGGGG! Look at me and how much I've changed!!" There once was a time in my life when the greasiest place in town was on my long list of favorite places. It's kind of amazing how that works really. My how I like these kinds of changes!
This is not to say my taste buds no longer crave the less-healthy, comfort foods I once enjoyed with a voracious appetite. But gladly I've finally gotten to a place where I realize those things need to be in moderation. Just like everyone I've had some struggles lately finding my balance between work and school and life, but I'm still in the swing of things. Every dog has its day, just like every cheat meal has it's time. Plus there are so many delicious and healthy foods out there, why not enjoy them too! I'm not about depriving myself, I'm simply seeking to maintain the balance of a healthy lifestyle. Truth be told, the longer I maintain a this healthy lifestyle the less and less I find myself turning to the less desirable choices. I just had to share my triumphant "woohoo" moment I had. It's such a great thing to find thrills in the things that you know are good for you!
Personally, I'm enjoying the kind of Foodie I am now. Food no longer controls me. I control what I eat. And because I'm human it may not be perfect each and every day, but what matters is I'm doing my best. And contrary to what Wikipedia says, I don't think Food also means snobbish. ;)
My "Naughty Nurse" sandwich from Luci's:
Roasted red bell pepper, artichoke, avocado, mozzarella, hummus
topped with pesto, and drizzled with a balsamic reduction
Taco Salad with creamy avocado lime dressing. Also pictured AWESOME organic low cal dressing from Luci's Market!