I meant what I said in the comments of Jen’s latest post today. There are SO many reasons I love food. Let me share some of them with you here:
Okay, it’s true. The Isagenix shakes taste good. Both the chocolate and the vanilla. But twice a day, every day? With only one "real" meal (and an insufferably virtuous one at that)? It gets old. Sorry. But it does.
I miss certain flavours. Namely: sweet. I am not normally a sweet-tooth type person (ask anyone! I’m strictly a Salt & Vinegar chip gal!) but I really, really want to taste something purely sweet again. I actually dreamed about gummi bears last night!
Again, as with variety, I love the different textures of food. I love smooth, creamy yogurt and burst-in-your-mouth juicy grapes. I love the crunch of an apple and (equally) the crunch of the odd chip. I love, love, love the crunch of a toasted bagel and the soft bready insides. I even love the sliminess of oatmeal. And nothing – NOTHING can beat the stretchy smoothness of melted cheese. Nothing.
Temperature (hot, cold)
I love to have a hot coffee in the morning, and a hot bowl of oatmeal. Or a hot coffee and a cold grapefruit; straight from the fridge! I like to mix it up, like, say, dressing a cold romaine salad with some strips of hot flank steak, straight off the grill. And ice cream: hard or soft. Gelato. Sherbet. Popsicles…
I love to cook and bake. And I’m not bad at it, either. I really enjoy puttering around in the kitchen, making something yummy to nourish my family, whether it be a simple or elaborate meal, a batch of cookies or a custom, 2-tiered birthday cake.
But it’s hard to cook when you’re not going to enjoy even the littlest morsel of what you’re making. That has actually been the hardest challenge throughout this cleanse so far: making bagels, oatmeal or waffles for my kids in the morning, fajitas or paninis for lunch, and homemade macaroni & cheese or lentil soup for dinner, knowing that I can’t have any.
But truly my favourite thing about food is enjoying it with my loved ones and friends. A cup of hot, fresh coffee with a slice of freshly-baked banana bread and the company of a great gal pal. A nourishing meal shared among my family, as we wind down after a busy week and share our stories around the table.
A platter of cheese, crackers and apple slices for a crowd of hungry youngsters after a day at school. These are the things I love most about food.
So. That’s what I’m missing most as I continue on my cleanse journey. But in the end, I stood on the scale this morning and it read 170. So I can’t complain. Well, okay, I will continue to complain about the deprivations, but I’ll also continue with the cleanse because it’s so very worth it.
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