Relationship to Food
People are the most important physical thing that we have on earth. You may disagree with this, but a good way to measure what is important to us is examining how we spend our time and energy. If you are like me, an introvert, this still holds true because almost everything we do involves people on some level. Love to read? A person wrote that book, and more than likely, you are reading about people in that book. Whether you are in school, working, or a stay at home mom, you are spending your day interacting with people in some capacity. Shopping involves people, playing video games involves people and any hobby you love involves people because someone directly, or indirectly, had to teach you what you now know.
Second in importance to people, is nature. Once again, you may find yourself disagreeing, but like our interactions with people, we are often unknowingly interacting with nature as well. Driving your car uses natural gasses. Walking from your car into your home you are surrounded by nature: birds, trees, insects, grass, flowers, squirrels and more. Even inside your home, the wood used to build it came from trees, metals were mined, and of course, you have a fresh indoor windowsill garden.
In addition, your fridge is stocked with vegetables, fruits, and herbs from plants, meats from animals, nuts and seeds from plants, dairy products from animals, and on and on. Furthermore, all of these foods are also associated with the many people who helped make it possible for you to have these foods in your home.
In the same way that we have relationships with people, we also, therefore, have relationships with nature and the food we choose to eat. People can come into your life unexpectedly, but food rarely does. Instead, we are constantly choosing what food we would most like, whether we make that decision as we push our shopping carts down the aisles, or we make it looking over a menu.
As a result, all of our relationships with food have been unique. Perhaps you typically choose meats, or you are a vegetarian, or you maybe have always been one to run to the sugary foods, like I often am. Maybe you cook at home, maybe you prefer to eat out. As are our relationships with people, our different types of relationships with food are endless.
Currently, I cook at home most nights, have one date night with my husband, and usually have one random night of grab and go, or eat friends or with family. I try to incorporate vegetables and meet into every meal, and eat sugar far too often, as do most Americans.
“Is Sugar the New Fat?”
Then, I watched the documentary “Is Sugar the New Fat?” which is about how sugar is literally in everything, and excessive amounts of it too. Of course, every food documentary tries to convince you that some sort of food is the worst thing you could ever eat but usually they do not convince me. This documentary actually made sense because the documentary pointed out that your body does not actually need granulated sugar In fact, according to the documentary, excess sugar has been proven over and over to produce mood swings and “crashes” and many other unpleasant effects. Today, sugar can be found in everything, even in condiments and whole grain bread. The documentary also explained that food producers realized that if they added a little bit of sugar to (almost) any food product, people enjoyed it more, and thus ate more, eventually buying more. This lead to the documentary concluding that sugar is essentially a drug since people crave sugar and have unpleasant reactions when they do not get it.
5 Days of No Sugar
This lead me to conduct a small experiment of my own out of curiosity. 5 days of no sugar. Once I decided I was not going to have sugar for 5 days, it got easier. There were, of course, times during those 5 days that I really wanted sugar, but honestly, those cravings were not as strong as I thought they might have been. Each time I chose not to eat sweets if felt good and those 5 days consisted of the best I have physically felt in a long time. I generally felt better, had more energy, and was able to put more into my workouts (and no, I’m not just saying that). At the end of the 5 days, I was not particularly craving sweets, but I had a small cup of hot chocolate on a cold evening. After that, it was like my sweet cravings turned back on and I suddenly wanted all the sweets again. It was strange and somewhat scary. My conclusion, I seriously need to put a cap on my sweets, and I’m sure I am not alone in that.
Going (Somewhat) Keto
That being said, for the first time in my life, I am reading the nutrition facts on all the food I buy and selecting Keto friendly options. I am sure there are plenty degrees of commintment to Keto, so to me, it means buying sugar-free, low carb items, treating myself every now and then, and still eating a slice of whole grain toast when I’m feeling it. Most importantly though, you have to listen to your body, it knows best. It tells you when you feel good and when you do not, and currently, my body is loving Keto. At least, a light version of Keto. Like I said, sometimes I can feel that I need some bread, so I eat it. In summation, I would summarize my version of Keto as listening to your body and eating what makes you feel good (physically, not always mentally).
Furthermore, going Keto sounded much more daunting than it actually has been. I thought that I would feel limited in my food options, but there are still plenty of great foods you can eat. In the kitchen, it has been fun cooking with a few different ingredients in order to stay Keto friendly, for now at least.
So here it is, a delicious Keto friendly recipe I made for my husband and I and some of our friends who came over for dinner. And guess what? They all loved it!
Keto Friendly Breakfast Burrito Bowls
- 1 head of cauliflower
- Olive Oil
- Sea salt
- 3 colored red peppers
- Fresh garlic
- 1 pound ground turkey (or beef)
- 2 tbsp red cooking wine
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 6 eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop cauliflower into medium size pieces and place them on a baking sheet. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with dried parsley and sea salt to taste. Bake for at least 30 minutes. Once cauliflower is slightly browned, remove from oven and use tongs to transfer the crowns into a blender. Finely chop all the cauliflower crowns, leaving them roughly chopped, resembling the texture of rice.
- Wash and slice bell peppers, sprinkle with sea salt and bake in a 400-degree oven for at least 30 minutes.
- Chop fresh garlic to taste and brown in a pan with olive oil. Then end it ground turkey, gently breaking up the meet with a spatula. Add red cooking wine and taco seasoning and cook meat thoroughly.
- Crack 6 eggs in a skillet and mix continuously until scrambled. Add sea salt.
- Scoop cauliflower rice, roasted peppers, taco meat, and eggs in a bowl and enjoy! Serve with cheese and or sour cream if desired.