Me and my best friend decided at a very early age that we would not be eating salads our entire life. We talked about it, mainly joking, that we were not the sort of girl to eat just lettuce. I don’t know why we never had ‘food issues’ but we never did. We ate what we wanted but never went excessive. We were never really sporty but we were always active. We came from different places food wise. My parents cooked meals from scratch all the time, my father grew vegetables. Her mother worked full time and had a chest freezer full of microwave meals. I loved going to her house after school because there were no parents, and we could go to the chest freezer and pick whatever we wanted.
Both of us since leaving home have cooked meals from scratch, love food passionately and laugh at the idea of diets. I don’t remember being taught to cook but seeing my parents cooking and preparing food must have been the core.
There’s a kind of joke about people going to America and coming back fat. I’ve seen it happen to a young man and for him it was the lure, ease and cheapness of fast food. He had almost doubled in size in about 5 months.
If you eat processed foods in the US you are going to gain weight. If you eat takeaways and in fast food restaurants lured by their low prices you are going to gain weight.
If you cook using good quality ingredients, make meals from scratch and take regular exercise or just move around, walk, play, be active you won’t.
The reason why. Everything processed in the US and I mean pretty much EVERYTHING has either high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup in it. The same product used to fatten pigs I have heard. A padder, a filler, a cheap alternative to sugar in order for the packaged item to taste of something without using good ingredients. I started checking ingredient lists early on after moving here. Now I know. It is very unusual not to see it. Exercise is more difficult over here to as they don’t have pavements/sidewalks. It is discouraged to walk, I presume to save costs on making sidewalks and it encourages driving seeing as the oil industry dictates everything over here/suppresses inventions that don’t use oil.
The less exercise you do, the less you want to do.
I love food. Good food. I can do without chain restaurant food. Not because I am righteous but because it doesn’t satisfy me in any way. It always puzzles me how they stay in business. The same goes for processed cakes, package donuts…it’s not like I eat them when offered and think mmmm naughty me. They just give no satisfaction taste wise. It is easy for me to leave them, go home and cook up a treat in the kitchen.
So…I have decided to put some more recipes on here, ones that are of good yummy food. Walk around, don’t drive to the car parking spot right by the store, run up the stairs, put on a coat and get out in the weather and walk, turn up music and dance, just be active….they’ll be plenty of time when you can’t.
It makes sense to me. I thought it might make sense to you too.