The Anti-Diet Challenge 2014 forges ahead. We don’t do kale chips or cleanses. We don’t do body shaming comparisons to celebrities or other, skinnier friends. We don’t vilify certain foods, like carbs and/or gluten and/or grains, and blame them for all our woes.
We just learn to love our bodies, to eat more to feel more energy and even to get slimmer (yes, you read that right), and to let go of all the rhetoric about how our bodies aren’t enough, that we don’t deserve to take up space, that we should look a certain way, that certain foods are bad and others are good, and that food is something to be feared and used as an emotional weapon. Enough is enough.
Reject diets. They are part of disordered eating. The cycle of calorie restriction, losing weight, returning to normal caloric levels, gaining weight back, rinse, repeat: this is madness.
Instead, eat more potatoes. They make your body warm, they benefit your metabolism, and these particular potatoes are loaded with grass-fed cheese and butter, unrefined salt and organic spices, and just make you feel good!
Eat the Food? Only GOOD food though, right?
Wrong. Food is calories, and calories give you energy, plain and simple. Yes, I know this is a real food blog, and yes, I do buy pastured meats and eggs and all that. But the reality of metabolic function is that we need to also consider stressors. Fretting about a perfect diet isn’t going to help you in the long run.
It is just as important to get 8+ hours of sleep at night as it is to eat a good balanced, variety of foods. It is just as important to have relaxation time as it is to make time to go to the gym. Eating well and working out are only two components of a multifaceted metabolic system in your body. We tend to glorify the diet and gym parts of health, while vilifying or at least minimizing the importance of other healthy practices like sleeping, recreating, and having sex.
We like sleeping, playing, and orgasming, so we think that those things must be indulgent. And “eating right” and getting to the gym consistently are a challenge, so we tend to think that those things are noble.
Now I’m not saying that it doesn’t feel amazing when you can do something hard, like eating just the right amount of food for your body, and getting stronger at the gym. I’m just saying that you should feel equally proud of prioritizing a healthy sexual appetite. For sleeping consistently at night, soundly, so that your energy level soars. These are the kinds of building blocks that will help you truly live your life to the fullest, creating an upward spiral of healthy practices that build on each other and keep you happy!
Check out the guidelines that have been working for me and many other readers. You can see them here. And then eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner based on a variety of foods. Take some naps. Go for a walk. Move your body doing something you truly enjoy. You don’t have to wait until you are at a goal weight or in a certain size of jeans to feel complete and whole. You are beautiful and amazing just the way you are.
- measuring cups and spoons
- large sandwich bag
- good knife
- jelly roll pan
- parchment paper
- stainless steel tongs
- stainless steel spatula
Parmesan Potato Rounds
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (find grass-fed cheese here)
1/2 cup freshly ground whole grain flour (or sprouted) (find whole grains here, grain grinders here and here)
1/2 cup homemade Panko-type crumbs (use dried or toasted sourdough bread, finely ground in a food processor)
2 teaspoons homemade Italian seasoning (how to make it here)
3-5 large potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch-thick
salt and pepper to taste (find unrefined salt here and pepper here)
olive oil (find olive oil here)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large sandwich bag, combine the cheese, flour, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, and potato slices, and shake to combine.
- Spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined jelly roll pan.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper liberally, to taste.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake for 45 minutes, flipping the potatoes over halfway through.
- Remove from the oven and serve immediately.