I’ve been making some different food choices lately, leaning further than ever away from processed foods and closer to more wholesome items. The idea is that it’s not just a health kick, but the first chapter in a lifestyle change that will allow my love for food and feeding people to take a more balanced role in my life without being a “diet”, without being a poorly masked process of deprivation. In this process, I’ve made some serious reductions to sugar and almost everything that our bodies metabolize as sugar. This means that potatoes, alcohol, white rice and flour, along with my beloved honey have all become “every once in a while” foods. As you can imagine, this makes baking and desserts in general a bit of a challenge. Trouble is, I have a sweet tooth. The hard learning here is that a treat should be just that: a treat – an occasional indulgence, in which case, I will confidently have a slice of birthday cake at a party or a warm buttery piece of garlic bread alongside pasta when there is (special) occasion to do so. But between those times there are a multitude of other bites to be considered and by being more mindful of the many, I can more happily indulge in the few.
I have said before and I’ll say again: I’m not here to tell you what to eat or how to be. (more…)