Food, another subject near and dear to my heart. Such a simple thing, food, or it should be. In order to live we have to consume food. If you would stop eating, and drank water to keep yourself hydrated, it is estimated you could live anywhere from 21 to 40 days. If you stopped drinking water then you would be lucky to last one week. You have to eat to live, but many of us live to eat, with me as your president. I love to eat. Although I have been trying to lose 10 pounds, for the last 35 years, I have been able to keep my weight between 170 and 175 pounds, most of the time. I feel my ideal weight should be 160 to 165, and I guess you could say I have given up on that goal, but you never know. People that know me will not believe the next statement, but over the years my weight has fluctuated from a low of 152 pounds to a high of 184. The low was due to having braces on my teeth in my mid thirties. When you have to cut sandwiches with a knife and fork to eat them, it does have a tendency to control your eating. Even though I enjoy eating as much as any human could, I have been able to keep my weight under control. There are many people out there that have a real issue of keeping their weight at an ideal level, and that is where the problem arises when it comes to food. The weight loss diet raises its ugly head in every conceivable area. Books, apps, and organizations, are all out there to help or guarantee you to loose weight, even down to so many pounds in so many weeks.

To sum up these diets in one sentence, is that they all work for some people but they don’t work for all people. The only thing that you can say for sure about these diets is they make a lot of money for whosever name is associated with it. Foodists ( my name for Nutritionists) are not much help either. I have read lots of studies on nutrition and food and what ever conclusions are drawn in a particular study is always tempered with the phrase more studies are needed. Over the years there have been more conflicting things written about food than any other subject that I know. We as a people have to develop a better relationship with food. We need to look at food as our friend. A friend who is absolutely essential to our existence but we don’t want this friend to contribute to our early demise. We need to get away from this feeling of worrying or wondering what is good for us and what is bad for us when it comes to food. There was an author in England who wrote a book No Bad Dogs, on dog training. That should be our thought process when it comes to food, no bad foods. I think that we eat certain foods because we think that they are bad for us, just to act out and then feel guilty about it.

My purpose for writing the food blogs is not to get people to eat “healthy” but to look at food in a different way. I want to turn everybody into a foodie. There are two kinds of people out there, foodies and non-foodies. To go back to the definition again, a non-foodie eats to live and a foodie lives to eat. Let’s face it you have to eat anyway so you might as well enjoy it and savor every bite of that beautiful delicious food that some foodist says will make your liver shrivel up to the size of a pea, or maybe make your pancreas explode like an M-80. They don’t know that for sure though, until more studies are done. I’m hungry see you later.

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