Thursday, March 11, 2010

Loving Food has a downside

So, I'm sure most of you, readers, are also food lovers. I am in love with food, and most of the time this is a wonderful relationship, but sometimes, like with any relationship, there is a terrible darkside.

1) I've realised that with all my over indulgence that really hasn't stopped since Christmas, I am starting to pack on the kgs. Even though the amount of kgs I have gained are only moderate, I am quite tiny, so it doesn't take much to start turning me into a little ball. I am fast approaching ball status.

2) I spend far too much money on food. Quite frankly, everything is now second to food. My wardrobe is suffering and so is my bank balance- because I really spend every last cent I earn on eating extremely well.

I feel in the recent months, I may have overstepped the mark!! Too much of a good thing is never a good thing, so it is time to step back.

For the month of April, I am going to attempt to post at least 20 healthy but scrumptious meals. Just because I'm cutting back on some of the extra cream/bacon/cheese doesn't mean I'm willing to compromise on flavour!

I am convinced that there are plenty of meals that are are healthy, cheap and delicious, and I want to find them!!

I want you guys to be involved!! I would love for you to send me any recipes that fit the criteria, and am happy for you to do a guest blog, or just send the recipe- whatever you like. Photos would be even more fabulous!

I think it's really important that everyone develop a healthy relationship with food and lately, I have been very devious. I've also noticed that many of my friends aren't eating particularly well (actually horribly- but that's another story) and I want to inspire other people who are too lazy, or uninterested that cooking healthily can still mean delicious meals. Hopefully reassessing my meals, will allow me to be healthier during the week, and also be more proportionate with my budget.

This, of course, doesn't rule out the occasional weekend blow out. I am a food blogger after all!

Do you think it is possible to be healthy and delicious at the same time? Get sending me some recipes so I can try out the theory!

15 fabulous comments:

Mel Kettle said...

YES! Of course it's possible to be healthy and a foodie! I mostly am both - apart from all that cheese of course!

Think about beautiful salmon, freshly caught fish, all those gorgeous veggies when they are in season - add a few figs to a salad, dig into a fresh peach, a bunch of succulent grapes or lychees.

Instead of a chocolate dessert, make a chocolate sauce to have on the side with some luscious fresh berries, kiwi fruit, stone fruit. mmmm...

Ally said...

Amen to having a healthy relationship with food! It is definitely all about balance.

Kristy Sayer said...

I love healthy food that is still delicious! But it's all about balance - And that definitely includes occaisonal weekend blow outs.

I have a habit of throwing things together ad lib, but my favourite 'healthy' meal is incredibly simple.. but oh so delicious! Just a chicken BLT salad and it only takes 15 minutes, tops.

Lisa said...

YAY! I'm really looking forward to the healthy recipes! I need a bit of healthy inspiration.

I completely sympathise with you. Since Christmas I've been putting on a little weight too. I love baking so much, but it's hard not to "taste test" it. It hard to be good.

By the way, have you tried the french easter eggs at Black Pearl? Divine. :) Maybe I'm a lost cause. LOL!

littlej said...

I think it's completely possible to be healthy and love food! as Mel says think of all the beautiful fresh produce that only needs a little dressing up to be turned into a wonderful dish.

I'll be reading your posts with interest as it may help me with the same problems!

Travel Eat Love said...

Its definitely possible to be healthy and delicious! I am actually giving away a great cookbook right now on my site, Secrets of a Skinny Chef, and the recipes I have tried have been delicious and decadent so far! The giveaway ends tomorrow, so check it out if you get a chance!

Emma said...

Indeed it's possible. I agree with everything everyone else has said but would like to add that portion size is vital. Reducing the size of your meals (eating small healthy snacks in between meals helps with this) and exercise! I have heaps of great recipes for you, where would you like me to send them?

Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

Good luck with your healthy food. I try and eat healthy during the week so I can indulge on the weekends. If only we could eat whatever we liked all the time without fear of becoming unhealthy.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Good on you! Yes that's a rather unfortunate after effect of all of this food love! Look forward to reading about how it goes and seeing the recipes (Reem from tummy rumbles did the same too and she seems to like the change :) )

K said...

I've finally decided to start re-adjusting my own terribly disorded relationship with food; about time, too, depriving one's self of a neccessity of life is both illogical and dangerous.
Not to mention no fun at all :)

Some of my favourite recipes include a beautiful Asian lamb in broth with cos lettuce- I'm going to ask my mother for the recipe, because it's truly devine.
Rule of thumb, I find, is that Asian cusine is deliciously fresh, lean and healthy- Vietnamese is always my favourite option, due to vermicelli being low kilojoule and damn-tasty.

Lately I've been been making my (poor) boyfriend a whole array of meals: when I'm not baking a cake or making museli bars, it'll be pan fried pork with white-wine vinegar mushrooms; no cream, no cheese, no oil, all tasty though (especially when one chars the zucchini a tad)

Goodluck, let us know how you go!

Julia @Mélanger said...

Great idea!

I must say that I have suffered from the weight explosion over the last few years directly from my baking obsession - I used to be two sizes smaller! It was gradual at first, then BAM! Unlike you, I didn't curb the food consumption early enough. But as everyone has been saying, it's all about balance.

I think the key to eating well, is buying well. If you start with inferior food (e.g. tasteless fruits and vegetables), you have to layer on unnecessarily calories to make them more palatable. Or alternatively, you simply don't enjoy the eating experience and search out something else.

I'll be looking forward to your collection in April. I'm actually doing what probably could be regarded the healthiest theme on my blog to date next month, too. (Though far from 20 posts planned!!!)

Leah said...

Hi there!
I'm a fellow Brisbane food blogger, pretty new to the scene and I just found your blog. Love the idea of a healthy recipe month - if you like mushrooms you might like this one I posted about: http://www.sugarsnapped.com/2010/02/smitten-dinner/
Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Anonymous said...

I had a similar situation just after i had my baby girl. I was eating heaps of crap, not moving much and had not lost much baby-weight. I put my foot down and decided to do something about it. I've now lost 14 kilos (I'm 5 kilos lighter than i was before i got pregnant) and when it comes to food I eat much tastier, healthy, flavoursome food than i did when i was overweight. I APPRECIATE evil-delicious food WAY more now than ever before because I don't eat it so often.
There are quite a few healthy recipes on www.iatebrisbane.com that might interest you.

Just remember, don't ever stop eating a little bit of unhealthy food! You'll get stircrazy and FREAK OUT AND BINGE!!!

I'd be happy to do a guest blog if you like :)
x
Sarah @ iatebrisbane.com

Betty @ The Hungry Girl said...

Good for you! I definitely have a love/hate relationship with food! I think we should all follow you and try to be more savvy and health conscious... there are definitely healthy and delicious meals out there!

Tracy Rudd said...

Well, I'm looking forward to making my contribution. :)

Like lots of us here, I got a little too cuddly over the last few years since my son was born. The combination of fluctuating hormone levels and too many preschool/playgroup morning tea baking efforts had given me a tummy I was not proud of - in fact, it scared me a little when they started with those heart health commercials all about your waist circumference!

I've always eaten healthy food, but it was how and why I was eating that was the problem, and late last year, I made some pretty easy changes (mainly portion size), and that tummy?...it's gradually shrinking. I'm a single mama, so I have to cook with the boyo in mind, too; he's fussy in all kinds of interesting ways. Hope you like what I come up with. ;)

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