Planning some radical changes

…to my relationship with food. Does that sound over-dramatic? (so unlike me, I know!)

I am indebted to Michael Pollan, particularly his book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, and to a slew of documentaries, including Forks over Knives, Fed Up, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and others I am probably not remembering right now.

I don’t know how quickly I will do this, or whether I will jump in with both feet or make changes gradually, but here is what I want:

I want to be done with simple sugars, too much sodium, artificial ingredients, processed food.

I want to cut down – or perhaps eliminate completely – my meat consumption.

I want to train my body and taste buds to crave what is healthy. I want to explore ways to make *real* food exciting.

I want to be healthy. I want to have the energy to do the things I hope to do in the next twenty, thirty, or forty years that I have on this earth.

So much will have to change. I am already pondering how and when to say a final “good-bye” to a seemingly unending list of favorite foods…Krispy Kreme, Reese’s, cheesecake, newly-discovered chicken from a place that is (inexplicably) called Pizza Ranch (the pizza is meh, but the chicken!!!!!).I find myself trying to figure out how to plan a funeral/good-bye ceremony for each of these.

I am embracing the idea that my addiction to crappy food is as much (or more so) a physiological issue as an emotional one.

I am trying to imagine my life with these radically different food choices…what it will mean for my socializing over restaurant meals, my day-to-day food preparation, and so on.

This will be really, really hard. But I’m determined. Baby steps or big leaps, two steps forward, one step back, or spectacular failures followed by eventual success…I don’t know what it will look like…but I’m certain that it will be an adventure.

Stay tuned…

update on the tub o’ cheesecake . . .

I am happy to report that I finally added this lovely item to my grocery cart a couple of weeks ago . . . and it is just as heavenly as I imagined it would be! The only thing that would make it better would be having oreos to dip . . .

And as it turns out, it really IS more than one serving. I actually have about a third of the tub left, and am enjoying it a few delicious spoonfuls at a time . . .

(I should add that I have several more profound/serious thoughts and topics that I hope to blog about soon . . . and maybe I’m avoiding it, but the entries are swirling in my head, so sooner or later they’ll show up here . . . )

mmmmmmmmmmmmm cheesecake . . .

right. so it says something about . . . putting this into a crust? um, why?! it seems quite clear to me that the only valid response to a big old “tub o’ cheesecake” would be to pull up a spoon and start eating!


Sadly, I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on groceries tonight, so maybe next paycheck . . . $4.59 is kind of a lot of money for one serving 😉