Food... one of my biggest struggles...
Today's topic is brought to you by Jeff Goins and his 500 words a day challenge. I missed yesterday, but do not think I can stretch a post on food to 1000 words!
I am very well aware that we are to eat to live and not live to eat. I know good is only supposed to be fuel for our bodies. I know I need to cut out all grains, sugars and probably dairy. I know that nutrition is 80% of the battle, I know that I am one hundred percent responsible for every bite and drink that I put in to my mouth. I know how to get healthy, but do I do it? No.
Food has become an idol for me. I turn to it when I am tired, sad, lonely, bored, happy. I turn to food for comfort. I will go through a drive thru when I am stressed, because I may need to get out of the house. Or I may feel like junk food will make me feel better. Or I may be craving salt. Or I may just be too lazy to cook and have to deal with the clean up.
I struggle with thinking sugar or junk food will make me feel better. I grew up being told that I could not have coke, because I was fat. My stepdad would insist that I drink diet coke over coke. I was not allowed to choose how I wanted my steak cooked or what I wanted on my hamburger. Now that I can choose what I eat, I rebelliously choose junk and coke. It makes absolutely no sense at all! I think I am letting him win by staying overweight.
My absolute favorite food is Mexican food. My favorite meal is chips, queso, carne asada, rice, beans & sopapilla bites with vanilla ice cream. With a coke, of course and sometimes a margarita. The majority of that meal is terrible for you, but it is my favorite. They have a white cheese, spinach queso. The carne asada is a huge steak, covered with Monterey Jack cheese, over a bed of grilled onions. It is one of the best meals I have ever had. I always get it with flour tortillas & love putting queso on top of slices of the meat inside a tortilla. I never eat the onions, but I love the flavor of them. It has always been a texture thing with me and onions. The beans and rice are really just standard Mexican beans & rice. The sopapilla bites are out of this world. They remind me of bite sized beignets, if you've ever had beignets in New Orleans. These are sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar with a little honey drizzled around the bowl and a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle. I think each of my family members could eat one of these desserts on their own, but we split it. Our favorite Mexican place is a place called Frankie's. My kids beg to go. The manager is absolutely wonderful. My girls call him Uncle Jesse, Full House? He kind of looks like him, too!