Since it’s become a recent topic of discussion, I thought I’d readdress my food philosophy today. A bunch of people have commented on how I eat “whatever I want” (baked goods at all hours of the day and wine guzzled all night), and still remain thin. How can my blog possibly be a “healthy living blog” when I bake cookies with butter?! The horror!!!!
ELR Food Philosophy…Again
Now, what I’m about to say is my opinion and my opinion alone. You may certainly choose to disagree with me and many people probably do. That’s okay. That’s the beauty of blogging…we can have these discussions!
So here’s what I think. I think that my blog is a healthy living blog BECAUSE I bake cookies with butter in them.
Yep, you heard me. I went to culinary school for a year and a half learning how to bake traditional French pastries using butter, oil and lots of sugar. I learned to bake like my grandma, and her grandma too. Back in the day, margarine and Splenda simply did not exist. You know what did exist? Butter. Crisco. White flour. Cream. Milk. Sugar. Were Americans back then overweight? For the most part, no. They ate small portions of the real thing, plowed their fields and called it a day. I choose to cook with simple ingredients that celebrate how food should really taste. It works for me. And guess what else? When you use real ingredients you end up eating less. Sometimes a little bit is enough to satisfy and you don’t need to eat an entire carton of fat free frozen yogurt to feel full.
Of course when I bake a batch of cookies using fourteen tablespoons of butter I don’t sit at my kitchen table and polish each one off individually. I have enough self control to eat ONE cookie and give the rest away. I love to cook for other people and nothing makes me happier than seeing someone enjoy a dish that I prepared with love.
So let’s get this straight: ONE cookie will not make you gain weight. TEN cookies might. This goes back to my mantra from the past three years of “everything in moderation”. I fully believe you can eat anything you want in moderation and never in your life have a weight problem. If I have a ham and cheese croissant for breakfast, I’ll balance it out by having a light salad for lunch. It’s not rocket science, people.
Also, you have to stay active. I exercise at least five times a week doing a mix of power yoga, hiking, running and weight training. I don’t have a typical nine to five office job and balance my writing time with breaks where I run around. I don’t spend hours at the gym. I don’t run marathons. Once, I rode my bike one hundred miles but I can pretty much promise you that will never happen again (read: never ever ever). When I exercise, I like to do things that I love like spend time outdoors or working on a challenging new yoga posture. If I start to feel heavier, or if my jeans start getting snug, I’ll just up my exercise for a few weeks and drink less vino.
So, here are some of my favorite meals…all balanced out.