junk food is addictive

I’m pretty sure I gained a few pounds over the weekend. Willy had his senior thesis exhibition on Friday and his family was able to come up and visit for the occasion. We loved having family here but definitely ate too much junk! 🙂 We also ate healthy food, but ended up having much more processed food than usual. Um, at least I did. I guess I can’t speak for Willy, but I ate way too many Cheetos. (The puffed kind are my favorite snack food, and therefore my greatest weakness…)

I’m sure not everyone is like this, but for me, eating junk perpetuates eating junk. If I’m eating healthy, real food, I normally don’t crave sugar, empty carbs or salty, greasy, fatty snacks. But, if I start eating them more frequently, I lose my ability to control how much of it I eat, and then I crave more of it throughout the day. Yuck!

But today, I am getting back on track after a few weeks of somewhat lazy behavior, both in eating habits and physical activity. I ate a healthy, home-cooked lunch and dinner today and my junk food cravings that I’ve been allowing to continue lately are already diminishing. I looked at the ice cream in the freezer tonight and wasn’t even tempted. Soups like the one I made for dinner tonight are a mainstay in my repertoire and are great for weeknight dinners: quick, delicious and full of really nourishing/nutritious foods. Not any strange or hard-to-find ingredients, either, at least for me; it’s vegan, too, if that matters to you.

Give it a try!

Quinoa Cabbage Carrot Soup:
http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/09/healing-quinoa-cabbage-soup.html

food blogging – I dig it.

I have a huge blog roll on the side of my blog. There are way more blogs than I even read, actually, but I have frequented each of them from time to time, so I thought I’d share them, and also list them all so I don’t forget them.

For anyone who might be out of the loop, food blogging is a huge trend right now; it’s probably even bigger than I realize. The term basically describes a blog that centers around cooking, recipes and photography. I’ve found that food blogs inspire me to cook and find recipes in a much easier fashion than searching recipe websites like allrecipes.com or epicurious. Most of the time, a food blogger is someone who enjoys cooking and understands ingredients well, which, to me, means that if I find a recipe on a food blog, it will be more straightforward and less touch-and-go than a recipe that I might find somewhere randomly on the Internet. Food blogs can greatly range in their individual scope; some are more gourmet, some are geared toward people with particular diets, and some have their distinction in the blogger’s ethnicity or locale.

I’ve really enjoyed being exposed to food blogging because it’s helped me learn a lot about cooking in a pretty short time. I also have embarked on trying to cook with whole, real foods since getting married and it’s been wonderful to find blogs of people who already do it, since I can learn from them and be exposed to new things incrementally. If this food blogging thing sounds like something you’re interested in, I would recommend clicking on a few links on the side of my blog and checking them out!