There's my girl, about to enjoy the biggest bowl of chocolate pudding you've seen in your life. It came with her already humongous lunch at the local deli and I figured what the heck, let her indulge. Well, indulge she did, and twenty minutes later at home she was a total spazz, wait, make that a total happy spazz dancing all around and giggling and entertaining us. Who needs tv when you have a six year old on a sugar high?
We are constantly bombarded by all of the latest health news - eat this and this and this and this and this and you will combat yucky awful deadly wrinkly this and that evil things that will make you fat or KILL YOU. Partially hydrogenated fats - noooooooooooooo!!! They will make you OBESE! Non-organic apples? Only if you want to flood your body with harmful chemicals that will KILL YOU! White bread! How dare you! Only 78 whole grain bread will do. Urrrrghhhh! I'm so sick of it!
Sometimes I just want to time-warp back to the days where you just did and ate what you enjoyed without a care in the world. Bring on the bacon fat cooked eggs and martini with lunch. Oh ya, butter. Butter rocks! I don't want forty different options of "buttery spreads" at the grocery store. I just want BUTTER and don't make me feel guilty for it!
It's no coincidence that I seem to be writing a lot about food lately. I have to say, it's been a lousy few months, what with death, serious family illness, and job loss...on top of depressing worldwide news. Food is a great source of comfort and I feel no shame admitting that. And, especially homemade meals. When I cook, I tend to use the healthier ingredients, like whole wheat flour and olive oil and honey. When my son was horribly sick last week with some gnarly fever flu thingy, he asked for fruit for his snack because he "needed the vitamins". I get it. I talk about it. They get it. Healthy is good. Unhealthy is bad. But, you know what, sometimes it's even healthier to throw all reason away and just splurge on decadent delicious fattening sugary yummy goodness without any guilt or regrets. The big happy smiles are worth it.