I am a HUGE fan of food. I love trying new food and checking out new places to eat where I live. I guess it has a lot to do with the fact that my parents owned a take out restaurant and I was always trying out new recipes and eating the leftovers from the big catering order. Eating a lot eventually caught up to me, as my metabolism became slower and I slowly realized the jeans feeling a bit snug.
Fast forward to today, I’ve become more mindful in eating, and realized that dieting isn’t for me. There are a bunch of definitions to the word ‘diet’ and most people think dieting is restricting themselves from certain foods. It does make sense, but usually, dieting that way usually works against you. I really don’t like deprivation because as I’ve said before – food is life! A whole movement of people, referred to as foodies have revolutionalized food as a way to bring people together, enjoy different flavors and highlighted all types of cultures with food. I know I personally have looked at food in a different light in the past few years.
I recently read an interesting blog post from Lisa over at Lisa Johnson Fitness and she discussed a term called ‘healthwashing,’ which is introducing a product as being healthier for you than it actually is. The post really opened my eyes in how food marketers are deceiving people into thinking they’re eating healthier, when they’re really not. It makes me upset because as someone who still struggles to eating healthier (not dieting, remember?) I could definitely be one of those people who are being deceived! I’ve found an awesome site as well, called the True Food Movement, which is pretty interesting so far. We all deserve to eat awesome quality food that will keep us healthy.
I have been slowly bringing more fruit and veggies into our diet (“our” meaning myself and my husband – since I always cook for 2) and finding ways to incorporate more veggies in our homecooked meals, and it’s still a challenge! I want to know from YOU: how easy is it to incorporate veggies and fruit in your everyday meals, and what do you do?
By the way, I am a huge advocate in eating healthier, but I am in no way saying that eating barbecue, cheeseburger or a yummy slice of cake is off limits. I love my comfort food too! And I’m a huge fan of food trucks too. It’s okay to indulge once in a while – I truly believe that. But lets face it, we all should feel good after we eat food, not like complete crap, right?
Links Referenced in this Post:
A blog about places in South Florida to eat at (updated periodically).
My video talking about eating mindfully and cooking one of my fave dishes, chicken teriyaki with brown rice.
Lisa Johnson Fitness’ post on ‘Healthwashing’
True Food Movement Website