In our society, food is either feared or narrowly viewed as fuel.
When it’s feared, people restrict, stay away from high-calorie foods, choose low-fat versions and go on diets.
Inevitably, food fears lead to guilt, shame and overeating.
When people see food as fuel, they take the pure enjoyment out of it. And eating becomes robotic and also restrictive.
I’ve been in all of these places and perspectives.
In our society, we’re losing the joy and beauty of food. We’re losing the celebration.
Instead, all we get is diet talk, obesity epidemic hysteria and the latest detox.
We get ‘Oh, you shouldn’t eat this,” or “Focus on the calories” or “Here are some tips to manipulate yourself into eating less.”
We start to view food as an enemy and something we wish we didn’t need.
And so continues an unhealthy and rocky relationship with food: We restrict, but then end up overeating, blaming food for tempting us. Because if we enjoy food, we do so in shame-filled spurts.
And the cycle continues.
But, of course, food isn’t the enemy. For whatever reasons, it’s become defined as such (the diet industry might have something to do with it). And that’s damaging on many levels.
Today, in the spirit of the holiday season, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite blogs that truly celebrate food, that make food an art form and a mindful meal. Blogs that celebrate the joy of preparing whole foods. Of enjoying your food slowly and happily. Of telling stories with food as the centerpiece.
Without further ado, my faves:
- Smitten Kitchen
- Joy the Baker
- Eat, Live, Run
- The Pioneer Woman
- Cannelle et Vanille
- 101 Cookbooks
- Tea & Cookies
- La Tartine Gourmande
As you’re cooking and eating this weekend, take your time, breathe in the beautiful aromas, recall funny memories and truly enjoy yourself. Give yourself unconditional permission to eat and enjoy. And to nourish your body, and listen to her hunger and satiety cues.
And, most importantly, be in the moment.
What are some of your favorite food blogs? What does food mean to you? What are your favorite Thanksgiving or other holiday foods?
* the photo is of me enjoying one of the best meals I’ve ever had on my b-day.