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I meant to go into work today, but at 5am, the car was frozen under snow, and I just gave up.

Yeah, that's been my week so far.  Bleah.  On the other hand, I just had a lunch of a Lean Cuisine Santa Fe Rice and Beans, mixed with generous amounts of Tabasco and proper sour cream (not low fat sour cream - why bother?), and it was pretty darn tasty, so I'm feeling okay.

I don't like diet frozen meals as a rule - I still have traumatic flashbacks to Jenny Craig - but this one LC meal is really good, with beans and a nice sauce, and corn, and especially when tarted up a bit with extras.  Diet?  No - but then, that's not the point. 

My appetite is back to where it was before the Lyrica (finally!) and I'm much more relaxed.  I'm not dieting - I will never do that again, like I said a couple of months ago - but I'm also not eating when I don't want to, especially when it's meal time.  If I don't want dinner, I don't eat dinner.

I've been sewing and watching TV (I'll post pictures of the sleeve when I've done all the silk fill - it's gorgeous), and being vaguely annoyed at the "Activia" ads where a woman says something like "well, sometimes I have to eat heavy greasy food, and it's not good for my diet or my digestion".  It riles me on that level where I think people allow themselves to be browbeaten into eating, or, more usually, they want to eat something lovely and greasy like cheese fries or funnel cake (cupcakes!), but they can't admit that they want to eat it, because food is not nutrition but a moral choice, don'tcha know, so they claim that they have no choice, because it's all that was there.

However, I also realize that I'm not being entirely fair.  Owning your food choices is hard when everything around you is alternatively demanding you eat massive amounts of food, or screaming at you that you are fatty fatty fatpants and that the single cupcake you plan to eat will kill you.

(Which is not true unless you cannot metabolize sugar to the point that a tablespoon will cause you to keel over into a faceful of frosting, or you're deathly allergic to one of the ingredients.  Let me repeat:  One cupcake will not kill you.)

(Or even glare at you disapprovingly.  The cupcake loves you.  Go on, eat the damn thing.)

So, it's easier to go with the flow and push the responsibility for food off your shoulders and tell everyone "well, everyone else wanted to go to Burger King, and they laugh at me when I get a salad, so what could I do?".  And who can honestly blame someone who does that, when the admission that all they wanted right then and there was a double bacon cheeseburger, a large fries, and maybe some of those awesome funnel cake sticks will get them sneered at and lectured?  It's a survival tactic to say that you don't have a choice, especially if you're female, because my Dog, everyone polices what women look like, what they put in their mouths, and how much.  It's a moral imperative, ladies!  You need to be thin and beautiful and if you're not, you need to cower in shame and gratefully accept the insults and guilt trips everyone puts on you because you're responsible for the destruction of all mankind!

(I knew I could get it around to the End of Teh Worldz sooner or later.)

At the very least, you're fat, and it's a moral failing to be anything over a size 4.

Personally, I hate Activia -it's sugary, flavourless, and I can get better results eating pears and some really good live culture yoghurt, like Fage.  But then, I hate all the food substitutes that are pushed on us as the answer to all our problems. 

Just say no to fake yoghurt.

And with that, I'm going to go have a can of pears for dessert.


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Jan. 8th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Amen - say no to fake food!

Fage yogurt is the only kind I willingly eat.
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Speaking of End of Teh Worldz, have you heard that Aliens will eat the fatties first?
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Cool then I don't have to stress about the end of the world, because I won't be here to see it... so there IS a positive about being fat!
(no subject) - attack_laurel - Jan. 8th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
My favorite is the sesame chicken. :)
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Eat real food, not edible food-like substances. :)
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I have always maintained that if they have to put the work "food" on the label, it's not. (e.g.: "processed meat food", "processed cheese food")

The furthest from food I have seen in a grocery store was pre-sliced "Imitation Processed Cheese Food"

Jan. 8th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Actually, it is labelled "Real Imitation Pasteurized Processed Cheese Food"

I never could get past the idea that it could be both "Real" and "Imitation". And if you leave it out (like my baby sister did when she was, well, a toddler), it naturally vulcanizes and becomes indistinguishable from a square piece of yellowish plastic. Comparing it to the flexibility and hardness of the plastic "play food" it was sitting next to, the only reason I knew it wasn't a toy is because the manufacturere logo was not embossed on it.

Even the dogs didn't consder it worthy of chewing on, much less eating.

Edited at 2010-01-08 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 8th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I call the overly-processed pre-packaged stuff "square food," and processed, nasty, fake yogurt is "round square food."

Fage with fruit and granola is my usual breakfast. I keep wondering when I'll get tired of it, but it's been a few years now (not always Fage, but good yogurt), and it hasn't happened yet. Yum!

Jan. 8th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
One cupcake will not kill you...Or even glare at you disapprovingly. The cupcake loves you. Go on, eat the damn thing.

Baking is my love language. The cupcake does, indeed love you. As to the cookies made with my neices.

Today, love is orange-chocolate marble cupcakes with chocolate frosting and is going to my hubby's work buddy who is finding out whether he has cancer. Knock on wood, Fred.
Jan. 10th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yummeh. Recipe?
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
I think "The cupcake loves you!" will be my new tag line, if you don't mind.

I can see needing to own your food choices, but what about when you're too tired to make good choices? I guess that falls into the plan ahead category.

I've been trying to make good choices within the fast food world lately, but I'm just too tired to make dinner at home. I will say that when I choose McDonald's, I do it with my eyes open. No one forces my happy meal on me. I eat it because I'm sad, and it makes me feel better.
Jan. 10th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
I think that being able to say right upfront "I was tired, and made a choice, even if it wasn't a good one" is owning your food choices.

(no subject) - attack_laurel - Jan. 11th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
I forget what product this commercial is pushing, but - apparently now even thinking of consuming 300 calories at a single meal is unthinkable. (Film clip shows various people being horrified at the calorie content of FrozenMeals, all of which are in the 305-315 range, and opting for the soup which has 80.)

Goddammit, if I want a cheeseburger, one cheeseburger a week isn't going to kill me. But inasmuch as it's more than 300 calories, I imagine I'll be shunned by all Right Thinking People.

I should be packing for 12th Night. Now.
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, that one gets me. It's for that Campbells soup. Makes me so MAD, because 1200 calories a day, which is what you'd get by eating 3, is a diet level of intake!! Absolutely ridiculous. And trying to explain to my 5 yr old why that person slams the door on "hungry" in the weight watchers commercial makes me sad. His pov, "that monster was being nice! Look at all that chocolate! Why was she being mean?"

Then to hear my 5 yr old stepdaughter say that eating at night makes you fat? So so sad for that to be internalized already.
(no subject) - attack_laurel - Jan. 11th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
The cupcakes that love you
Go visit EpiCute, if you haven't already.
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
No, one cupcake won't kill you, but you also have to figure in how often you have just one cupcake. One a meal? Probably too many. One a week? No problem.
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
It depends on the person. I can eat three cupcakes a day for a week and not have problems. People with sugar issues probably shouldn't, but they'll figure it out. I think food should be competely removed from good and bad, and repositioned as the energy you need. If cupcakes float your boat, and you're not trying to kill yourself, then cupcakes are fine, as is celery. But neither has a moral value.
(no subject) - noxcat - Jan. 11th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 8th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
"The cupcake loves you."

The feeling is definitely mutual. This is a great line.
Jan. 8th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
I love many of the lc-type box dinners, but alas, they no longer love me. Or rather, they never did, and I was just in denial about it. What I miss is that kind of dinner is easy to fix, just heat 'er up, and EAT. I am not a patient cook.

One of our new foodways is "Don't eat things that aren't food." That real imitation food product stuff ranks right up there with cheezypoofs. And I add to that "Don't eat stuff which isn't food to you." I mean, the cow eats grass, but I can't eat grass, therefore grass is cow food but not human food. So I don't eat grass.

There's a whole swath of foodstuffs that are perfectly legitimate food for many people, but which cause pain, or other unhappy side effects, and so really , I am better off not eating them. They are not really food for me, much as I might like some of these things, they don't like me.

My problem with yogurt is that you can get fat free yogurt all over the place, but full fat yogurt? No where. Fage is great but it's completely fat free. In those uber-groovy 70's everyone used to make yogurt, either with a bowl on the radiator or in one of those ubiquitous "yogurt maker" machines. The big thing then was using raw whole milk. Some of that was, well, very nasty. But some of it was pretty good, taste depends a lot on the culture and the cleanliness. I keep thinking I ought to try making yogurt with whipping cream. Gosh then who would actually need to put sugar in it?
Jan. 9th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Yogurt isn't all that hard to make. And yogurt made with real, full fat milk, is oh, SO YUMMY! :)
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Jan. 9th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: nom nom nom
mmm greek gods honey flavor is my favorite.
Jan. 8th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
"The cup cake loves you"

and I love it back.

I am a foodie at heart...and completely happy with my size 14 frame, even when everyone at work pushes the gym and pushes that you must be under a size 10. Oi. What gets me is that almost all the infomercials that come on Food TV before their programing starts is all those diet programs that feature women crying because they are 40 years old and a size 8...and how they only found peace and contentment when they hit a size 2.
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)

It's the cult of youth - and how women are awful immoral people who must never look like they've given birth, nurtured children, or aged, because men are such delicate fragile flowers that their penises shrivel at the sight of a wrinkle.*

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