As I face an event-packed weekend after an even busier week, several thoughts cross my mind.
To begin with, who, in their right mind, picks a bed of lettuce and veggies over a plate of juicy pot roast or "rustic" cheesy mac n cheese? Who limits their food intake to a half a plate of food at an amazing buffet restaurant? (yes, those actually exists). Who makes healthy substitutions while eating out without being a complete hassle to the chef and his/her staff?
The answer to all of the above is: People I respect and admire.
Because let's be real. No matter how much you want to believe otherwise, there is very little appetizing about a stalk of raw broccoli or a shot of wheatgrass. We rarely crave celery or flaxseeds. But there's no denying that frequently eating (drool-inducing) foods like chili cheese fries, AYCE KBBQ, and beer-battered fried chicken will do your body no good -- if not now, definitely later.
So starting today, I shall embark on my culinary adventures of healthier cooking, baking, and eating. Not simply because I'm told that low-caloric, low-sodium, low-fat, no cholesterol dishes can not only look, but also taste good, but because there ought to be a stronger connection between good-tasting foods and good-for-you foods. Admittedly, I still have my share of doubts... but I hope that by the end of this "challenge," I will have more knowledge, better health, and better faith in the possibility of ever becoming a vegetarian or vegan (in myself).* Whether you're trying to reduce your BP, BMI, cholesterol numbers, or wanting to feel and look more fit with summer just around the corner, I hope you will join me too!
Let's do this!
*Don't worry. I don't plan on converting to vegetarianism or veganism. I also don't plan on eating like a bird or a hamster. (To the extent the former two sentences are correlative, I'm not too sure). I'm just thinking and believing in more balanced and healthier meals!