Monday, January 31, 2011

Ten Things or why sometimes I feel like the food police

You may notice the absence of great recipes or awesome food photos on this blog. There are a few reasons for that. In fact, here are ten reasons my blog isn't about food or recipes.

  1. I have this deep aversion to cold food. Taking pictures of just the right shot at just the right angle requires me waiting to eat. I am a firm believer in cold ice cream and hot dinners. Not the other way around.
  2. Pictures that make me salivate are usually taken with a fine camera with special lenses. My point and shoot will never grow up.
  3. I love trying new recipes, but they have yet to look like the photos on Pioneer Woman
  4. I feed only the male species. The requirements for them is not so difficult. Some still just want the food not to be touching. Quantity is just as important as quality.
  5. I have one child that has overcome many food allergies. Because of this, my growth in gourmet cooking has been stunted. He was allergic to wheat, corn, peanut butter and strawberries. The rice bread I once baked for him had to be registered as a lethal weapon. I am happy to say he has outgrown most of these allergies.  He occasionally breaks out in a rash when he overindulges in popcorn.
  6. I have never gotten into menu planning. My attention span is to short to stick to a weekly plan. I have toyed with some bulk cooking and I love it.
  7. I am not a health food nut, but I often find myself in health food stores.
  8. Cooking meals for my family is something that happens three times a day. For me it is a necessary chore, not something I am passionate about.
  9. If I was a t.v. watcher, I could waste years of my life watching cooking shows, they do fascinate me. I am a watcher of great cooks, not a doer.
  10. I have had an amazing experience with the feingold diet but haven't blogged about it much. I do plan on sharing more of this in the future. It won't include fancy pictures, just what is working for our family. I look forward to sharing our journey and the victories we have experienced.

Now that I have revealed that I am not a 'foodie'. I actually am very passionate about one aspect of food. Three years ago, I discovered a diet that has revolutionized my family. I can't lie and tell you it has made me skinny. It hasn't. I cannot tell you we eat so healthy and we feel so wonderful. We don't always do that. What I can tell you is; it has strategically removed artificial ingredients from our diet. Have we sacrificed junk food? No! Do we force our kids to eat tofu? No! Do we still eat meat? Yes!

Being on the Feingold diet has compelled me to become a label reader and unfortunately I discovered that my vision is not what it used to be. Why are those labels so small anyways?

Below is an explanation of artificial ingredients and how common they are. This is produced by the Feingold organization. They make up for my poor vision by compiling a book which lists all of the foods that are acceptable for chemical phobics like myself. They continually update it because products are often changing. This book is like my shopping Bible. I used to have to read it all the time, now I have many things memorized.

What do you think? Is that old adage you are what you eat true? If so, no one can call me artificial or phony.

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chacha said...

Hi Terri, thanks for stopping by my blog tonight. I'm so happy to find yours! Just reading today's post I see we have lots in common. =D

Jennifer said...

I've heard of this and heard a lot of what she shared in the video. We have been taking steps to make what we eat more healthy, but I never considered jello unhealthy. This is interesting.