They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Now I’m no heart surgeon, but I think that there’s better ways to get a to man’s heart. Not once I have seen anything where a heart surgeon begins an operation by trying to stick his fist through a man’s belly button.
However, notwithstanding the complexities of heart surgery, there is some truth to the saying.
It goes without saying that a lot of men like food. Some really love it; others love it, but only as friends; and then there are those that love their food way to much, as Chef Skinner once said in Ratatouille – “One can get to familiar with vegetables, you know!”.
While it is possible to win a man over with food, its also important to ensure that said food isn’t going to kill them one day.
Additionally, some men, like myself are the cooks in the house. Some of us even cook using the traditional methods of the Swedish Chef. My cooking is certainly done in this fashion, classic Muppet face and characteristics included. As a result, I can never replicate the results, so if I cook something nice, its only ever a fluke if I do it again. The upside to this style is that my cooking a rarely boring, with some cooking experiences providing dinner and a show!
More importantly, I have recently started putting extra effort into more healthy cooking, along with limiting my portion sizes to help with a bit of weight loss.
Naturally, one would assume that when I talk about healthy food that it must be tasteless and as boring as a blank piece of paper (and probably taste just the same). But, with a bit of imagination and a moderate dose of random chaos, heathy can be tasty and satisfying.
One thing I found recently is that there is a big difference between how much you think you should eat and how much you should actually eat each day. And as it turns out, I wasn’t eating enough. It’s an odd concept, but you can under eat.
Either way, what you eat will always be more important than how much you eat.
Agreed, you could die from eating too much salad. But, that will because all your friends have left you and you die of loneliness and nothing else (it’s a joke kid, I’m not being serious).
Healthy eating also doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge every now and then. Don’t believe me, then check out the work of Josiah Novak at the True Transformation. His book Diets Suck has helped me greatly in getting these ideas into my head.
Yes, exercise plays it part in weight loss, but you know that already, so don’t use that old chestnut!
One key thing that I’ve found with changing my cooking techniques is that it isn’t any harder, or to be fair easier, to cook something healthy than it is to cook junk. Yeah, you’ll have to buy different ingredients, but honestly, that’s a first world problem.
Trust when I say this; if you have to diet for surgery because of a health issue, then you’ll need to buy a whole different lot of foodstuffs and it will be disgusting. So, make the change to more healthy eating while the choice is still yours, because someday the choice won’t be yours.
At the end of the day, like all things, the choice is yours (for now). Eating better isn’t hard, you’ve just got to want to eat a better way.
‘til next time….. Cheers!