I spent a good chunk of my week traveling and in the field, so instead of getting to cook a lot of wonderful food, I got think a lot about wonderful food. When I got back to the land of internet, I logged onto tumblr, obviously, and was immediately hit in the face with a reblog of some sort of bizarre diet plan that basically banned all food ever. It made me think about how much my attitude towards food differed from theirs.
For starters, I have nothing against eating healthy, or looking for ways to cater your diet to make you feel and look better. I know that eating certain foods makes me feel tons better than eating other foods (chickpeas versus kidney beans, for example). But I am of the school of thought that food choices must be thoughtful and motivated at least in part by your happiness. Does it make you feel good to make little people out of cheese and then bite their heads off? That’s cool, I’ve got an army of headless animal crackers. Basically, I don’t care about what people eat as long as people are thinking about why they eat what they eat.
But I feel strongly about taking a cheerful, fun attitude towards food. I recognize this attitude might not be possible for everyone, and if you fall in this group, I am not asking you to toe the cheerful line. However, I hate it when diets or food plans get so strict as to ban all junk food. Like, take eating vegan, for example. Some people take this to mean eating super healthy and green all the time. I take it to mean that when I drive by the grocery store with vegan donuts one hour out of town but on the way to my other work site, I pick up a ton of vegan donuts. And let me tell you ““ there is nothing like the rush I feel when I discover a new, totally unhealthy junk food that’s now being produced in accordance with my food choices.
And beyond just picking up foods, figuring out new ways to make old favorites is so much fun for me. It means I get to play with chocolate! It means that I get to throw together new and weird food combinations in an attempt to create some junk foodie, frankensteined food awesomeness. I don’t know, maybe it is not as cool for you, but for me, creating my own versions of foods I once loved and will love again, is like putting together a food puzzle, and as everyone knows, that is the most delicious kind of puzzle.
Well, unless you ask my cat, but there is a reason he does not write these posts: he’d have you all eating cardboard boxes and bugs.