Monday, February 7, 2011

Not about the food?

Today I heard something that made my head whip around.  Some "expert" was on TV talking about addictions.  He was saying "it's NEVER about all the things you're buying, and it's NEVER about the sex, and it's NEVER about the food!"

Well excuse me mister and stop right there.  I'm overweight because the FOOD is exactly what it's all about!

I've done a lot of personal research and I can tell you that I'm fat because I freaking LOVE FOOD!  I don't binge but I certainly eat more than my share of deliciousness.  I turn down plenty of unappetizing things but don't you dare stand between me and some sage-n-onion stuffing!

How can anyone say it's not about the coolness of Top-the-Tater on a salty ridged potato chip?
Or the tenderness of a perfectly grilled salmon fillet with a bit of dill sauce?
Or crusty Italian bread dredged through fresh olive oil and giant chunks of grated black pepper?

And a grilled turkey panini with roasted red peppers and plenty of melted cheese - OOoooohhh like a party in my mouth that is!
And you just don't know heaven until you try my grilled bruschetta with fresh mozzarella.
Or my cousin's teeny tiny homemade red pepper cheddar crackers,
or my mother-in-law's homemade gnocchi.
Does anyone else nearly achieve ecstasy with a perfect plate of sushi?
Does flourless chocolate torte with hot coffee make you weak in the knees like me?

It's not emotional - when I'm upset I can't eat.
It's not bingeing - I've never eaten an entire pie or carton of ice cream and I stop when full.
It's not all food - it has to be really really tasty and wonderful.  I'm very picky.

So BACK OFF JACKSON if you think my fatness is somehow a character flaw.  I'm fat because I'm really passionate about good food and I want to taste it all.


Kireliols said...

That was frickin' beautiful.

MommyLisa said...

Amen - Tonight we had YUMMY potate, carrots, onions and leftover steak. I mean what better way to use leftover beef...

Kim Hambric said...

My knees feel weak. My mouth is watering. Something is going to get eaten RIGHT NOW.

Shannon said...

This is what it really is--and I say this as a clinical health professional who has worked in ALL areas of food/eating psychological health as part of my career (i.e., obesity, anorexia, bulimia, and everything in between) AND as someone who experiences this personally and is absolutely certain about it: some people truly are more sensitive to tastes, cravings, and external stimuli regarding food. I fully believe this is biological, and most likely inborn. It's like how my dad and I always say, "Nothing can be too rich." We don't get people who say they can't eat something b/c it's too sweet, too rich, etc. We don't have that experience. We LOVE tastes, and it takes a lot for us to feel satiated by them. My oldest daughter is the exact same way, and has been since infancy. My 2nd daughter is not. (Even though we feed them the same.)

It's just a biological fact that some of us are more extreme "tasters" than others. That makes it much harder to resist food we love.

SkylersDad said...

It really is all about the food and sex. If it feels good or tastes good I do it.

TS said...

Like other addictions, food has pushers. Manufacturers manipulate ingredients like sugar and salt to stimulate appetites, creating a cycle of desire and consumption. Or so argues the former FDA commissioner.

Churlita said...

You are so mean. All that food porn and at least an hour before I can go home and eat.

Treats said...

Nailed it! You should write a book. Seriously.

Coaster Punchman said...

Wow, you seem to have the right attitude about food and you aren't using it as a drug - so there's no reason you should be "fat" (if that is indeed what you are...) BTW I make a mean sausage or oyster stuffing.

You should link to me again, not because I'm a link whore, but because I have re-joined the blogging world and I am FINALLY finishing up two series I had going simultaneously. One you were quite enthused about - Melissa Gilbert and her sidekick Nellie. (And if you link to me you'll be reminded to read my updates.)

I have my Awkward College Romance replaying and have ALL the episodes written and they are all scheduled to post - one per day - so no more of this leaving people hanging for 18 months.

I am currently working on the conclusion to my Nellie story so you'll get that one too.

I'm so happy to be back!

Lesli said...

OMG, I love that Top The Tater stuff. Big scoops of it with potato chips--ha!