Happy WIAW friendly faces!
So today’s title might be a bit of a mouthful [HA! see what I did there?] but I promise it will all make sense here in just a minute. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping. If it doesn’t then I blame the 4:15am wake-up call…
I’ve been doing a lot of fun photoshoots lately and it got me thinking – man I sure do love playing with my food. Which is good seeing as how its part of my job, but it also got me thinking about the other side of things and how sometimes instead of us playing with our food, our food can play with us.
Have I lost you yet? Alright let me try to clarify this…
You see sometimes I feel like we allow our food to have this sort of power over us. We can’t put our finger on the how or why of it and yet, it’s there hanging over us – this powerful thing that gets to dictate our moods, our attitudes and of course, what we eat and don’t eat.
We get caught up in food’s hold over us and suddenly we start labeling foods as “good” and “bad”. We start avoiding the food we used to love [ie. the tasty, fatty, yummy stuff] and start shoveling the food we “should be” eating down our throats, even when we can’t stand how boring, dull or tasteless it is. We allow food to trick us into telling us what we like and don’t like and want and don’t want and don’t bat an eye at the reasonings behind it all.
pumpkin pie smoothie [drank one – froze the other into ice cubes for later!]
Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been sitting there with a plate of nachos in front of your face [insert your favorite food here] and wonder when you tricked yourself into thinking this food was “bad”?
Have you ever wondered how cake went from your favorite thing ever to something you avoided at all cost?
Have you ever wondered how you went from sandwiches for lunch day in and day out to salads?
egg & veggie breakfast quesadilla
I like to play with my food. I like to make it look pretty, dress it up and put it on display with photography. Food is my go-to model of choice if you will.
But as much as I love to play with food, it has also played with me a few times. Or more like years, if we are really being specific.
I have allowed food to play with my head, to tell me what is “good” and “bad” and dictate my diet [goodbye carbs, hellooo low fat!] for so long that it changed my entire philosophy on food. I went from an 80/20 kind of girl to a 100% strict diet follower [of a diet that made no sense whatsoever, mind you] in what felt like overnight.
Which is why its kind of funny now to look back at it and realize – food is just food. Its required for life but it does not dictate our lives. Its essential for our bodies but it does not get to rule our bodies.
Food is our object to play with, not the other way around.
So tell me, how do you play with your food?