Good ol' Homer J. Simpson got it right when he claimed that alcohol was both the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.
For me, however, it's food.
I love it. I love cooking it, I love smelling it, I lover seeing it, and cooking shows are my not-so-guilty pleasure. But most of all, I love eating it.
I vaguely remember my first sojourn into cooking. It entailed putting peanut butter on white bread and then under the broiler for a couple of minutes until the edges of the bread turned brown and the peanut butter started to bubble. This was, oh I dunno, certainly more than 40 years ago. And my love of food has never stopped.
But I also allowed food to become one of the factors in my obesity because the I stopped seeing it as an avenue to good health (physical, emotional, mental) and instead saw it as a way to alleviate stress, frustration, sadness, joy, and so on.
But recently, I've been able to reclaim my love of food as a path out of the health crisis I've found myself in.
I am no homeopath - I believe strongly in modern medicine - but I do know that healthy eating is a very necessary component to overall health. But it took a while to remember it.
I'll try to remember to make posts here with the details on various aspects of reclaiming my love for food as a healthy journey but, to start, here's how I started:
1. I recognized the food rut I was in - I needed to try new things
2. Trying new things got me excited about food and learning again
3. I replaced my stove with a model that met my needs (this had a much greater impact than I could have imagined)
4. I replaced my charcoal grill with a gas grill (another change that had more impact than I knew)
5. Rediscovered my love of cast iron (cheap, indestructible, and convenient)
6. Instant Pot. Yeah, I'll opine on this later!
7. Sous vide - life changing, that's all I'll say for now
I know that it can't all be contributed to having bought new tools (okay, new "toys") but I am not going to dismiss their impact, either. They brought a level of excitement to my cooking and I was able to see how using them allowed me to ditch the use of high-caloric sauces and sodium-bomb broths.
I should also note that I bought all these over the past couple of years because budget is an issue for my family.
So, I have no idea if anyone will bother reading this or not. If not, that's cool. It will serve as an avenue for me to articulate my thoughts as I continue to become aware of food and its benefits again.
But if you are reading this and, like me, allowed food to become a crutch instead of love, I hope you get something out of these upcoming posts.