Recently, I was out to have a beer and some pub food with a friend. When our gorgeous food came (fries loaded with meat, jalapeno's, & CHEESE!!!), I arranged my plate and snapped a picture.
"Are you food blogging now?" asks my friend.
Looking at my Instagram, you would think I do nothing but eat and drink beer & wine all the time :). I could have a worse reputation.
I am by no means a food blogger, nor do I want to be. They do some hard work, that involves lots of
prep & editing.
I just love food. I love to eat. I think "pretty" food is marvelous, and I think we have lost the art of eating. Everyone is so busy watching everything they eat, there is no more joy in enjoying food.
A short while ago, I decided I would no longer villianize food. I was getting into the flow of : watching for wheat, does it have soy?, are there preservatives, IS IT FROM CHINA????, is it local, bla bla bla. The foods I ate as an alternative tasted blah. I was eating plainly to subside my hunger, not enjoying the food. And I was not feeling good. Food was making me feel blah.
I am going to throw in here that I was tested for a gluten intolerance, and according to that test, wheat should be my friend. To my best knowledge, I do not have any serious food allergies or issues.
I have decided to eat the foods my body craves. If it wants bread, I will either bake it myself from the best ancient grain or wheat flour I can find, or buy really expensive sourdough bread (which, btw, has fluctuating consequences for me). Same goes for pasta. If I want nothing but meat all day, I will eat nothing but meat. I find that I LOVE eating something bold & spicy, then something sweet, then bold & spicy......you get the picture. I have gone away from "food pyramid" eating to "instinct eating". I no longer follow any diet. I get ideas from paleo bloggers, because that matches closest to how I eat. I love raw milk, CHEESE!!!, eggs, and SUGAR :).
I have learned to avoid foods that my body does not like. Just stay open, your body tells you when something is not working, even if it is "healthy", or if you have eaten it all your life. For example, my body does not love chicken right now. I have a freezer full of chickens we raised and harvested ourselves, yet my body does not want it. It does want beef, and pork only in form of bacon, prosciutto, & dry salami. And lots of fish, much of it coming out of little cans. I eat tuna, herring, and sardines, lots of them. Right now I am not loving kales & greens, but that could change as it gets colder. Salads are daily.
Since I have stopped looking at food as my enemy, my body feels better. My spirit is dancing, because it LOVES to eat!
To get back to my Instagram pictures. I don't prepare special meals, what you see is what I eat :). I think that is why my food pictures get the most likes (apart from the many pictures of my chickens or my dog!), they are authentic. I think people can feel the joy that food is bringing me, and they like seeing happy food.
So my friends, go talk to your food! Listen to your body, eat freely, live healthy!
P.S. If you want to follow my food, and the rest of my daily adventure, log into Instagram :).
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