Would you exchange flavor for health?

Yesterday, at a program where I served garlic sautéed greens instead of traditional southern style greens, I was asked this question: Would you exchange flavor for health?  It’s a very interesting question.  As a chef and a person who just plain loves food it would be a true struggle.  Who wants to give up the foods that tantalize our taste buds and makes us smile just when we smell it?  On the other hand, as a person who has seen the effects of heart disease, diabetes and cancer how can I not push aside the fried chicken, mac and cheese and salty meat laden greens I grew up eating?  A dilemma is what we have here.  Or maybe not. . .  

My answer to the question is: I want both!!  I want flavor but I also want my health.  I don’t want to spend the next 50 years of my life fighting illnesses that are directly related to my food and exercise choices.  I also don’t want to spend the next 50 years eating plain lettuce and dry chicken breasts.  I do believe you can have your proverbial “cake” and eat it too when it comes to food and health.   There are still some choices we have to make.  We must open our minds to food that is not always comfortable or traditional but can still be quite delicious!  We must be willing to try different spices and cultural food experiences.  We must open ourselves up to the joy and happiness that comes after you have finished a great workout.  We must learn to not feed our emotions with food (I know I’m stepping on some toes here).  We must learn to enjoy food that comes from the earth and not just from a can; box or worse yet, drive through.  We must learn that feeling and being healthy is something that is priceless.

By the way, make sure to check me out on Fox 8 today between 5-6pm.  I’m making my Oatmeal Cookie Peach Cobbler.  It’s a light recipe and oh so delicious!! 

You’ll also notice (hopefully) that I am a full 15.5 pounds lighter!  Woohoo!  One of my goals was to reach the 160’s by the time I was on Fox 8 and I made it with flying colors!!  It's time for my next mini goal.  Still trying to figure out what that will be but I believe mini-goals are great for weight loss as we can reach them faster and they help to keep us motivated.  

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