Earlier in the week, a thought went through my head about the dietary choices we make and the kind of food we eat in general. I wondered what would happen to my body if I stopped eating all the salt, sugar, fats, and caffeine that I seem to consume on a regular basis. Would I actually feel any better?
The first hurdle to a healthier diet is simple and apparent- foods that aren’t flavorful aren’t nearly as appealing, end of story. Salt, sugar, and butter enhance flavor. That’s the reality of the matter.
But also, the healthier foods need not taste horrible- we’re just not accustomed to preparing food in that way. The trick of making food healthy and delicious is combining several flavors together, or even the right flavors- tomato slices sprinkled with basil and a little (read that, little) parmesan cheese go much further in terms of flavor dynamics than you might imagine.
Today, I made a concerted effort to choose healthier foods to eat. Eating only carbohydrates becomes taxing on the body, and last night, I began craving fresh veggies like never before- a truly remarkable phenomenon to see. I’ve never craved tomatoes and onions and cucumbers before, and suddenly it was happening.
So tonight, I did have a bowl of ramen, but I also had a banana, watermelon, and a sweet potato- and even though I know the sweet potato has a lot of carbs in it and the banana was honestly sweet, these foods were loaded with healthiness for the body. This in addition to eating half of a tomato by itself and some onion, too.
Earlier today, I had eaten some peanuts that had sugar on them, and though they weren’t bad, the reality is that they had a weird taste. Maybe my body’s trying to tell me something with that.
In good news, later this week, Earle and I are going to be making cheese. Yes, you read that correctly: we are going to make our own cheese, and this could be the start of a whole new adventure.