Skip to main content

Hello, My Name Is Dannielle, And I Am A Fried Ice Cream Addict.

 I'm not gonna say the word "cooking."
Instead just look at this picture.
Every morning for an hour I sit in a donut shop and write my blog, and I watch people line up around the block to get donuts and muffins and bagels with their coffee.
When people eat donuts and muffins and bagels for breakfast and pizza for lunch and burgers and french fries for dinner, basically they just want more.
I have been learning, or should I say re-learning, how to eat like a normal person.
Because over New Year's vacation I really got addicted to bad food.
And I do mean "bad."
This is me in December 2015. 
Doesn't that picture just say it all?
Yes, I did let go. And it was good.
Really good.


When I came back, of course - nothing fit.
A fact I tried to deny until I had to go to the doctor and they forced me on the scale. Which left me wailing -
 "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"
After lots of difficult thinking, I realized that "a diet" was never going to work. Even though objectively I was fat.
It's basic biology and marketing as well: The more you tell me I can't have something, the more I am going to want it.
So I tried a different approach. These are the basic elements:
  • Tell yourself it's about health, not weight.
  • Do one thing a week that's better than what you did before.
  • Try not to use your car so much.
  • Use the principle of ADDING instead of SUBTRACTING, as in you're adding healthy foods to your diet instead of taking all the good ones away.
  • SUBSTITUTE creamy healthy things (like squash) for creamy unhealthy things (like ice cream).
  • Let yourself eat healthy fats. This means olive oil and avocados. I could live forever on avocados.
  • Make the foods you like. It's not hard.
  • Understand that processed food is complete poison and rots your body from the inside out.
  • Throw the goddamn scale out the window and get new clothes.
  • Don't look at what other people look like.
  • Document your progress each week.
Here's one of the first things I decided to do: Drink green tea every day.
It has so many health benefits I can live with the fact that it tastes awful. (I just hold my nose and bottoms up.)
Here's an artistic view of lettuce, which I learned to love chopping. It's an act of caring to come home and find it in the fridge, ready for salad dressing.
Here is an admittedly disgusting looking picture of the salad dressing I make at home now. Someone told me how to do it and I improvised.
True, it's very oily - grilled artichokes in oil plus sundried tomatoes in oil plus olive oil plus mayonnaise plus dijon mustard plus red wine vinegar.
But I freaking love it and I put it on everything.
Here's something I learned about eating better. 
For one thing, it's a hell of a lot of fun to make things that taste good and are good for you.
For another, when you make mostly vegetables with some form of oil or cheese, the cost of your diet goes way down.
This is the salad dressing above plus a can of chickpeas plus an avocado, which I had last night for dinner. Total cost: $2.50, probably.
After nine weeks of this journey it's starting to feel natural to me to do the type of thing I resisted my entire life - to care for myself through food.
I think there have been so many ideologies and fears getting in my way, that I truly couldn't see the benefit. 
  • Feminism said, if you waste your time cooking, you'll never be a CEO.
  • Psychology said, if you cook for yourself then mom is never going to cook for you again.
  • Fast food, restaurants and grocery stores said, you'll never make food as good as we can manufacture.
  • Family culture said, the food your grandmothers made is always going to be unparalleled.
  • Religion said, everything you make has to be a kugel.
  • Popular media said, you aren't good enough unless you're Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, and Guy Fieri...with the finesse of Julia Child.
But like everything else "they" tell you - guess what? It all turned out to be bogus.
In eating and in life, it's always better to ignore the noise.
________
All opinions my own. Photos/video by me, except: Resentful mom image by Anne Taintor - check out all her fun stuff here. Donut display photo by Roman lakoubtchik via Flickr (Creative Commons). Puppy photo by Travis Johnson (Creative Commons).

Popular posts from this blog

What is the difference between "brand positioning," "brand mantra," and "brand tagline?"

Brand positioning statement: This is a 1–2 sentence description of what makes the brand different from its competitors (or different in its space), and compelling. Typically the positioning combines elements of the conceptual (e.g., “innovative design,” something that would be in your imagination) with the literal and physical (e.g., “the outside of the car is made of the thinnest, strongest metal on earth”). The audience for this statement is internal. It’s intended to get everybody on the same page before going out with any communication products.Brand mantra: This is a very short phrase that is used predominantly by people inside the organization, but also by those outside it, in order to understand the “essence” or the “soul” of the brand and to sell it to employees. An example would be Google’s “Don’t be evil.” You wouldn’t really see it in an ad, but you might see it mentioned or discussed in an article about the company intended to represent it to investors, influencers, etc.Br…

Nitro Cold Brew and the Oncoming Crash of Starbucks

A long time ago (January 7, 2008), the Wall Street Journal ran an article about McDonald's competing against Starbucks.
At the time the issue was that the former planned to pit its own deluxe coffees head to head with the latter.
At the time I wrote that while Starbucks could be confident in its brand-loyal consumers, the company, my personal favorite brand of all time,  "...needs to see this as a major warning signal. As I have said before, it is time to reinvent the brand — now.  "Starbucks should consider killing its own brand and resurrecting it as something even better — the ultimate, uncopyable 'third space' that is suited for the way we live now.  "There is no growth left for Starbucks as it stands anymore — it has saturated the market. It is time to do something daring, different, and better — astounding and delighting the millions (billions?) of dedicated Starbucks fans out there who are rooting for the brand to survive and succeed." Today as …

What is the difference between brand equity and brand parity?

Brand equity is a financial calculation. It is the difference between a commodity product or service and a branded one. For example if you sell a plain orange for $.50 but a Sunkist orange for $.75 and the Sunkist orange has brand equity you can calculate it at $.25 per orange.

Brand parity exists when two different brands have a relatively equal value. The reason we call it "parity" is that the basis of their value may be different. For example, one brand may be seen as higher in quality, while the other is perceived as fashionable.

________________
All opinions my own. Originally posted to Quora. Public domain photo by hbieser via Pixabay.