I am not a health nut. I will admit, I am WAY intrigued by Peeps Italian Ice at Rita’s (though a little sample spoon would surely take care of that), and I just may break down and try the Maple French Toast and Bacon Cupcake recipe I’ve been saving for a rainy day. If it says “Limited Edition,” it’s in my shopping cart before I even know what’s happened. On the other hand, I know that there is something fundamentally wrong with our society when we think it’s OK to find a fried Cinnamon Bun stuffed with Maple Ice Cream on a BREAKFAST menu! (See pic. Friendly’s, anyone?) The thought of raising my son in such a society causes me a lot of worry and anxiety, but so does the thought of transferring that anxiety to him. I want him to develop the wonderful, healthy relationship with food that I am only now beginning to grasp, and it’s my job to spark that relationship. No small potatoes, since I firmly believe that the food he chooses to let into his life will play a huge part in determining the pure quality of that life. No pressure, right?
What I do know is this: Nothing has ever filled me with the pure unabashed glee that I have found in nourishing my body with fresh, clean food and, in turn, using my body to nourish his. This body–the one that I spent so many years hating and trying to change–has become my friend. I’ve stopped loathing it, and now stand in awe of it. It sure doesn’t look the way it used to (little did I know at the time how good my 20-something body DID look) But that’s OK. It doesn’t look that bad, either. When it comes right down to it, women’s bodies are built the way they are to serve a purpose far beyond Maxim and commercial advertising, and when my time came, my body owned the challenge and surpassed all my expectations.
So, in my pages, you will see lots of healthy foods, and ideas about healthy eating habits. But you will also find the things that make life a little brighter, like cookies.* Those who know me have heard me say it: If you’re going to treat yourself, do it right. Savor something you love, just do it the most natural way so you aren’t hit with a double whammy. Your body will deal with a little sugar and a few calories, but who knows how long those artificial ingredients might stick around.
*Watch future posts for the best cookies to ever befriend a cup of tea!
When you indulge, do you keep it natural and/or organic? If not, how does that make you feel afterward? Is it worth it?