AKA, the less than real food confessional.
We’re generally here because we believe in real, traditional food. Food like our ancestors ate, food meant to promote good health for ourselves and our families and community. We’re all at different stages on the real food journey, and I am sure I am not the only one who still enjoys some things which don’t fit into the niche of traditional foods. Here are a few things I still love, which I know full well are not the best things for me to consume.
We’ve all heard the various reports of wine being good for you… then bad for you again the next week. And bitters are wonderful for the digestion. I’m a fan of Licor 43, and Averna after Thanksgiving dinner. I also love Sambuca, red wine, white wine, beer, mead, vodka, rum, gin, scotch… you get the picture. I enjoy drinking, but without it being a crutch, and I HATE getting drunk. But alcohol is definitely something regular in my diet, and I know full well it’s not good for me.
Yes, the weakness of many is one of mine too. I’ve cut out caffeine, gave up soda almost ten years ago, cut out most refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oils in 2004. But somehow I can’t get chocolate out entirely. Since I tend to indulge in it when I have it, keeping it around is not the best thing for my overall diet. At least now when I do buy chocolate, I get Equal Exchange brand. Not only is it fair trade, it’s one of the very few brands completely free of soy lechtin. Their chocolate with caramel and sea salt is to die for.
To clarify based on some comments: I do believe that chocolate is real food. What trips me up more is that chocolate ties in heavily with the next item on my list. For me, it can easily become too much of a good thing!
If you’re a fan of chocolate, I highly recommend the book The True History of Chocolate by Sophie and Michael Coe. This is the reason why I switched from milk to dark chocolate.
How is food a weakness, you ask? When you’re me and you enjoy the whole process of eating. I unfortunately have a tendency to overindulge when I eat, which I know full well is not good for me. This has been a problem for most of my life, and I have yet to figure out how to get over this one.
I asked over on the Facebook group if anyone had some not so real food confessionals to make too.
From Delicious Obsessions:
Kraft mayo, Annie’s Mac and Cheese, and diet Dr. Pepper.
My friend Pixi seconded the vote for Annie’s. Until I started making my own mac and cheese, I ate Annie’s too. But nothing matched Kraft Mac and Cheese like they made when I was a kid, when the cheese sauce was in a can.
Autism is a Trip gave a vote for Hellman’s mayonnaise along with kinder eggs. I wish we could get those in the states just so I could have one!
So what about you? What non-real foods do you still love?
I’m sharing this post over at Real Food Wednesday.