There you go:
You can’t have it both ways, can you?
If it’s tasty, it ain’t healthy, and vice versa.
This reminds me of a quote attributed to Catherine Deneuve, who said that after a certain age, a woman has to choose between her fanny and her face. (yes, apparently she said “fanny”. I didn’t even know this word existed to describe the rear end of your body, but there you go. I’ve learned something +kept it clean so double check).
God that woman. so beautiful.
I believe she managed to save both.
But can you? beat the system I mean.
Eat healthy food and enjoy it?
I mean really enjoy it. not politely nod and say: “that quinoa quiche is simply marvelous!!” (sorry, I don’t like quinoa. here is a link to my previous post describing why, in case you are intrigued by this mystery-Sorry- don’t like quinoa!)
I think the first thing to acknowledge, is the fact that there is a huge difference between homemade food and take-out/restaurant food.
*That is, of course, unless you are a chef, in which case, well. wow. I always wondered if chefs cook that classy at home for their kids, like, every day, every meal. are they tired of fussing around food all day at their restaurant and simply put something together in 5 minutes like the rest of us?
For others, meaning regular human beings, beating (good) restaurant food is highly unlikely, because of the difference in skills, quality of the materials, freshness of produce and condiments, and the amount of time that is invested in preparing the food (good, again) places.
Many times, when at home, we cook from scratch using what we have in the fridge- pantry, when we are tired, hungry, impatient and just want to “get it over with”.
*If this is only me, then just ignore it. or feel superior.whatever.
Anyway, when asking if one can beat the system and make healthy +tasty food, it is imperative, I believe, to state exactly what you mean by “tasty”.
People who are used to eating out, will probably not flip over homemade spinach- tofu ricotta, but others, who rarely eat out, and do their cooking at home, will more likely think so.
As A.Einstein said: everything is relative.
The other thing is :
Supposing you cook at home, from scratch.
How vigilant are you on the sugar- oil- gluten situation?
I am asking because in my experience, these 3 are instant crowd-pleasers, and adding them can make food taste much better.
The real challenge starts when you omit these 3 (plus the dairy and meat and poultry that was omitted previously due to the vegan mindset ).
By now you are probably thinking:
No. way. am.I. eating. depressing. bland. food. in. the. name. of health. YOLO!
And you would be right, too.
Absolutely no need to deprive yourself, in my opinion, of tasty food, in the name of anything.
I have a friend who underwent a certain diet due to high cholesterol, and she felt so miserable, that as soon as the mandatory 30 -60 days of dieting passed, she quickly returned to her former eating habits. what is the point in that??
(none at all)
Plus- I love eating, I love enjoying my food, it is a major part of my life, and I am not ashamed to admit it.
No way am I going to sacrifice taste, as much as I value (and cherish and think highly of) my health.
I happen to believe that preparing tasty healthy food is a form of self-appreciation, and I am working on this subject as one of my 2020 goals, so.
Back to the challenge:
I am not registered anything, told you that about 20,000 times, but I do have my 51.4 years of experience, and that accounts for something, especially when joined with my enthusiasm on the subject.
In my experience, the simplest way to appreciate homemade healthy nutritiously balanced food is simply by going back to basics.
Yep. starting over, this time properly.
I do not mean trying to get yourself reborn, I mean go back to being hungry when you eat.
Not bored, semi hungry, or feel like a snack, (I can fill in so many options here, I am such an expert on emotional eating you’ll be amazed, but I’m leaving it to your imagination/experience).
In my experience, when hungry, you can fully enjoy a simple homemade vegetable salad (freshly made out of good produce, old tomatoes are great tomato sauce though. and soft carrots make great veggie soup. many options here-check the link to previous posts here- Simplify it: Organizing my online groceries- part 3, How to truly Simplify meal prepping
Try eating an apple, just a simple apple- no nut butter/granola/anything next to it- when you are not actually hungry, versus when you are hungry.
You will be amazed at what a difference this simple tweak makes.
I am thinking maybe this could be the real hunger test :
If you think you are hungry- maybe ask yourself- I do it many times- “do you crave an apple?”
If the answer is “yes”, then this is probably a good sign you are actually hungry. in which case- you can still enjoy your desired apple, or eat a meal, but your desire was not directed towards a donut of a fried something, which, in my experience, is usually a good sign of simple sugar-carbs craving, and not actual hunger.
In my experience, once you dial your body back to operating upon real hunger signs, you will be so much more appreciative of simple -fresh-healthy-nutritious food, even though it’s not a 3-star Michelin restaurant food, just baked beans you prepared yourself in a simple slow-cooker. or mujadara.
enjoy- the cooliflower.