Everyone has an opinion on food. I'm no different. My opinion?
I like food.
I'm not obsessed with food. I generally don't use it to comfort or as a substitute for dealing with my feelings (that's what blogs and books are for). I try not to overeat. For the most part, I don't overdo my portion sizes, and I'm not constantly snacking.
Three weeks out of the month anyway, pregnancies notwithstanding.
I'm not trendy. I'm not a dieter. I really don't over think my food.
I like to try new things. I like to cook (but not clean up). I like to fill my house with delicious smells of tasty food. I don't obsess about ingredients. I do try to keep things balanced. We don't eat comfort food every night. My kids don't get sugary snacks every day. But I also don't worry about the occasional sweet treat or brinner. Love me some brinner.
It seems that we as a society tend to go to extremes when it comes to food. We're either obsessed with it in a super sized, snack cake way or obsessed with it in a can't touch sugar, super "clean" way. I find both options unappealing. Why can't I enjoy all foods in moderation? Why is that so difficult?
I have no life threatening allergies, diseases or disorders. I have no aspirations of having a perfect body or losing a lot of weight. The only limit I have on my food life is budget. So, I work with what I have and what my goals are to live a lifestyle that makes sense for us and doesn't cause me undue worry.
We all have to do the same: evaluate goals, decide what's important and do what we need to do for our families. And it's all good. Live and let live.
There's so much more I want to say, but I'm choosing my words carefully. I really don't want to offend anybody, and for some reason, food is such a sensitive subject these days, akin to politics and religion. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm working on resisting the pressure from both extremes. I don't want to feel superior when I eat something healthy. And I don't want to feel inferior when I eat something "dirty". I really don't want to feel anything when I eat. I just want to feed my body and move on with my life. I don't like being told what to feel about my food. I don't want my food to dictate my life. I'd like to think we humans are more than what we eat.
So, that's my take. Balance and moderation. And no drama.