Mike (my boyfriend for those not in the know) likes to cook. I mean he really likes to cook. Since moving to the UK, and being without a job at the moment, Mike has taken up cooking as a past time. Recipes taken from Gordon Ramsey (right) and Jamie Oliver (below), along with a bit imagination has made Mike a wizard in the kitchen (and it leaves me time to do work). It also helps cut costs as we hardly go out to eat anymore and its been helping me drop this excess weight in preparation for the half marathon.
If you look behind the smoke and mirrors of all the weight loss shows, infomercials, diet books, tabloid coverage of celebrity weight loss/gain it comes down to humans renegotiating our relationship with food. Of course many may, and will, find holes in my theory, but I think when we find it "abnormal", or label people "snotty" or "pretentious", to buy fresh fruits, veggies, and meats then there is a problem. When I was growing up we did not have a lot of money, but we ate mostly real food. Now, I didn't understand the idea of portion control and balancing my plate, but overall it was real food. When you are feeding a large family on little money my parents realized buying a few pounds of dried beans and a large sack of rice was more filling, more nutritious, and least expensive then sending the family down to McDonalds for a Big Mac with fries. As a society were are now over-educated in some respects about food, and at the same time ignorant on basic facts about nutrition. Maybe this is the new revolutionary idea that the young generation takes up on its quest to be an "eco-friendly green planet." I don't know, but next time you reach for that packaged meal or that easy take-away snack ask yourself if you can wait till you go home and make yourself a proper meal.