I’m super curious and I like to know things. My friends and family will tell you that one of the questions I’ve always asked them (starting back in high school!) is “what did you eat for dinner?!” I know it sounds silly, but I like to know what people eat! I LOVE food and I think it is a huge part of who we are and how we feel. Three of my four grandparents came from Italy, and my paternal grandmother is from France so I have the whole food = love thing in my blood.
Obviously, food has taste but it also has feeling (or can give you feelings) and it can either help you feel healthy and energetic to do the things you want to do or not. I definitely don’t eat super “healthy” all the time, whatever that means (it can be different for everyone) but I guess my criteria for it is food that makes me happy before, during, and after eating it. Meaning; I’m excited to order or cook it, I’m super excited eating it (I actually hum when I eat), AND I might feel full and have to sit down after but I still look forward to my next meal (aka it didn’t leave me feeling gross). There was a long time when I did not have a normal/healthy relationship with food; dieting and over exercising in high school, college (and some time after) which led to overeating (I guess you could’ve called it “binge eating”) as I would eat SO much (usually at night) as a result of depriving myself of proper calories and nutrition during the day. If you’ve been there and you’re interested, I will probably write more on that and here are a few reasons why:
-75% of American women surveyed endorse unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080422202514.htm
-Almost half of American children between 1st – 3rd grade want to be thinner and half of 9 – 10 year old girls are dieting http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.aspx?docID=646574
-35% of “occasional dieters” progress into pathological dieting, (disordered eating) and as many as 25%, advance to full-blown eating disorders www.examiner.com/eating-disorder-in-philadelphia/pathological-dieting-precursor-to-eating-disorders
Food is a big issue in our country and around the world either with people not having enough of it but also people having an over abundance of it and not knowing how to manage it. This Time article here stated that the National Institutes of Health (didn’t know that existed!) provided an estimated $931 million in funding for obesity research in 2017. Eek! That’s a lot in a year and it’s probably gone up since then.
Actually, I believe the deprivation with dieting in my late teens and early twenties is what led to developing a super low functioning thyroid which is a whole other topic and is something very difficult for doctors to figure out and properly treat. So how can I jump into the fun stuff of sharing recipes without briefly talking about my journey with food and being able to happily eat pasta and bread? I couldn’t, so there it is. 🙂 Some of it.
So what will I share here..I will share food and recipes I love (that I hope you love, too!) that make me feel healthy and strong and give me energy to do all the hiking, walking and exercising I love. Please trust that you can try anything I post and if you follow the directions, it will turn out amazing. 😀 I don’t want to make things that I’m not excited about and if I make something that doesn’t come out really good then I promise I won’t include it here! And don’t worry about the dieting talk above, there is no food group or type of food that I leave out or don’t eat. So yes, that means carbs, sometimes a lot of them, especially when active and working out! (Round of applause for the pasta and bread everyone!) See you soon, in the kitchen! PS..I love chocolate, there will be lots of cocoa powder on your counter in the first recipe…xoxo