My name is Maureen and I am an unabashed food lover. I was brought up to believe that you don’t have to LIKE everything, but you should TRY everything, at least once.
Like most girls in America, I struggled with food for many years. On the one hand, I’m a hedonist in the truest sense of the word, a sensualist who revels in the feel of good chocolate melting on my tongue and sliding down my throat, who can’t imagine using margarine for ANY reason except to grease an axle, and who firmly believes that a great meal is the best foreplay EVER. On the other hand, American girls are brought up to believe that we should be skinny. Not thin. Skinny. And so, for years, I denied myself the pleasures of butter and cream and meat and cheese and sat glumly through meals that consisted mainly of rice cakes that should be used to pack china and non-fat yogurt. And diet soda. Which should be illegal.
Fortunately for me, I have no self discipline at all. After a bout of vegetarianism, druing which time I was full VEGAN and thoroughly miserable, I had an undeniable urge to eat a steak. A great big marbled steak. Finished with butter. Rare. Really rare. So I did. And from that point on I have never turned back. I eat what I like, I eat what I want. I just don’t eat enough of it to make me morbidly obese. One of my favorite chefs, Jamie Oliver, has said
My philosophy to food and healthy eating has always been about enjoying everything in a balanced, and sane way. Food is one of life’s greatest joys yet we’ve reached this really sad point where we’re turning food into the enemy, and something to be afraid of. I believe that when you use good ingredients to make pasta dishes, salads, stews, burgers, grilled vegetables, fruit salads, and even outrageous cakes, they all have a place in our diets. We just need to rediscover our common sense: if you want to curl up and eat macaroni and cheese every once in a while – that’s alright! Just have a sensible portion next to a fresh salad, and don’t eat a big old helping of chocolate cake afterwards.
I don’t think truer words were ever spoken. I hope this blog will help shed light on how to eat really well without being really unhealthy.