*Disclaimer: This is in no way intended to be a serious article regarding nutrition or healthy ways of eating. I am not a nutritionist or other health professional, and will never willingly become one. The following post is purely for entertainment purposes, and is in no way intended as serious literature. Thank you.
Okay, now that I got that nonsense out of the way, let’s get down to it.
I’ll never be a clean eater (as you may have deduced from the title). I’ve attempted, in the past, to try some of these high protein, no carbs, no sugar, all organic, (never vegetarian) trends. Guess what I learned from them…?
They’re not for me!
Not only that, I have no desire to give up foods that I love. God bless the people out there who get massive enjoyment out of clean eating. They can eat fruit and veggies and lean meats and be totally satisfied. I even know people who don’t have a sweet tooth! (although I have no idea how something like that even happens. The best I can come up with is “birth defect.”)
Don’t get me wrong- there are things I’ve given up willingly in my pursuit of a happier, healthier me. Some on purpose (chips, soda, super rich chocolate), some as a result of my body rejecting them ( most red meat, flour tortillas *sniffle*, most cheese, yeast rolls, and dairy).
I’m a Texas girl. I love food.
You know the saying “eat to nourish your body?” Yeah…I call B.S. Not that the statement is wrong. Just that it’s incomplete… of course your food should nourish your body (duh). But in Texas, food is the center of everything. No really…EVERYTHING.
Rodeo? WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL THERE BE??
Wedding? FOOD IS EVERYTHING!
Just finished a half marathon? Where do you want to go eat??
You get the idea…
However, I will not blame my attitude on Texas. My attitude is purely my own! Frankly, keeping up with the nutritional Joneses is just too exhausting! And not very rewarding.
I’m not putting down ANYONE who eats clean and likes it. I think it’s fantastic that there are people out there who can see food in an objective, nutritional way. Who see it as a means to an end, rather than a journey unto itself.
For me, it’s all about finding that balance.
Am I bad at finding it? Yes. Sometimes… But I strive to. I’m an active, healthy 30-something who constantly gets mistaken for a 20-something, so I feel like I’m doing something right! I’ll never be an uber-lean fitness model, and I’m totally okay with that(I have no desire to be on stage in a bikini while others ogle every inch of my body)! Part of my happiness in life comes from getting to indulge in the things (foods) that make me happy.
So I like my brisket marbled…so what? It’s amazingly juicy and delicious! Do I think companies over-estimate how many servings are in a bag of caramel corn? Absofreakinglutely! Good luck EVER getting six servings out of one of those things! But I also write this as I’m eating a salad. And it’s delicious. And NOT doused in dressing. My great -grandfather lived to 96 years old, eating wheat flour, sugar, meat, and fruits and veggies straight from his garden.
Isn’t it time to stop food-shaming people?? Shouldn’t we stop this competition about who can eat cleaner and leaner than anyone else? Shouldn’t we just ENJOY the things that life has to offer?
Because the magic is in moderation, not deprivation!
I love food! And I’m proud! And I love fitness! I’m proud of that too!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to finish my salad and then wash it down with a lovely cup of Starbucks coffee with cinnamon. And tonight, I just might have a spoonful (or two) of cookie dough. Cause that’s how I roll…