I was craving a cookie just now so I went to my fridge to grab one of the gluten free mint chocolate chip cookies that I made last night. (see above—yes, they are as good as they look & sound, thanks for asking). and it got me thinking so I just wanted to share this.
Everyone thinks that eating healthy means you are eating rice cakes that taste like cardboard all day. I don’t know about you, but I think “diet food” is disgusting.
I eat french fries, macaroni & cheese, pizza, cookies, ice cream, etc! The difference is the ingredients and amount of processing/how it was prepared.
I eat healthy. But I love the same foods as everyone else! The difference is, I make them at home. Or buy them from a reputable store that only carries good ingredients (such as whole foods or central market).
It’s all about your choices. and ingredients. They matter more than most people understand.
If I want french fries, I buy a potato at the store, cut it up, drizzle some olive oil and sea salt on them then throw them in the oven. They taste better than any fried fast food french fry, because they are real. Same goes for cookies, pizza, etc. I make it all at home so I have control of what is going into it.
Have a craving for something “bad”? Make it at home!! You will save yourself tons of preservatives, trans fats, food additives, added sugars and thousands, (gasp!) yes, thousands of calories (they add up very quickly!)
Back to my delicious cookie. Because I made it at home there were no hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrups, no crazy food additives and you know what? I feel so satisfied having had the real thing, not some “fat free no sugar added blah blah diet cookie”, that I am just fine with having only 1 cookie. Normally you would have to literally pry that bag of cookies out of my hand to prevent me from eating half the bag (or the whole thing if I was feeling extra emotional).
Bam! Satisfaction with the real thing is nature’s portion control. You will naturally end up eating less because you are giving your body the real thing. Not tricking it with “fake” or diet food.
Think about it.
Eat Real Food. It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle change.