Cookies and fries
I think I’ve settled on this particular design for the blog now. There might be some tweaking here and there, but this one has three-columns and is fairly readable. The banner pic is probably going to get changed. I really wanted a ‘tea and cookies’ theme, but the size requirements for the picture make it hard to find anything decent.
It might seem strange to put cookies on a blog that is partially devoted to weight loss, but 1) I like cookies and tea and 2) it helps get across the idea of really enjoying food that I think is, well, pretty much totally absent from mainstream weight-loss sources.
I was thinking about how I have trouble articulating this the other night while I was deep-frying a batch of french fries. We were grilling (veggie dogs!) and making double-fried french fries for dinner. I was watching the fries turn golden brown and thinking about how utterly awesome they were going to be (spoiler alert: they were) and how a lot of people would assume that I was ‘cheating’ or ‘breaking’ my diet by eating them.
But I’m not. Eating foods that are high calorie/low nutrient can be a part of any diet (as in way of eating) including a diet intended to bring about weight loss. And food is so wonderful in all it’s many variations. It seems such a shame to demonize tasty things because of how energy dense they are.
This is why I sometimes think that maybe the “secret” to why I’m successfully losing weight without being hungry or crazy for the first time is the fact that I fully embraced HAES principles beforehand. I don’t put foods into good and bad categories based on calories. Yes, I want to consume a certain amount of calories, but that doesn’t preclude any kind of food. Avocados are delicious and contain lots of good fats and phytonutrients. They’re also fairly high in calories. Brussell sprouts are awesome little bundles of vitamins and fiber that are really good for you, but they’re also delicious when roasted with olive oil and garlic. French fries contain a lot of calories, but, when prepared correctly, they are so amazingly delicious that you have no choice but to make little noises of ecstasy as you eat them.
Maybe this is why I kind of harp on the idea that it’s all down to calories. Understanding that weight loss isn’t down to impossible-to-understand/magic principles that leave you no choice but to follow some diet guru’s plan lest you eat a carb/some fat and ruin everything – was very freeing to me. And it matched with how I felt about food after years of making a concerted effort to shake off that good food/bad food mindset. Trying to eat a particular number of calories (or in a range of calories in my case) doesn’t automatically preclude any type of food. Honestly, I think the tendency for people to drop all sweet/fatty/delicious foods from their diets when trying to lose weight has its roots in the puritanical punishment society believes that all fat people deserve. Because a couple of cookies or some french fries do not actually have the power to ‘ruin’ a diet.
And really, if I am serious about this being a change in lifestyle that can help me maintain a lower weight for the rest of my life, then I absolutely need to figure out how to integrate all kinds of foods into the way I eat. Because I don’t want to live a life devoid of cookies or fries and I don’t want to live like an ascetic for a couple of years and then suddenly have to figure out how to integrate cookies into my diet.