No more fighting with food!

I love food! For as far back as I can recall (and that’s a really long time) I have been fascinated with it. As a four year old I would pry open four Oreo Cookies, take a slice of American Cheese, folded into quarters, and put each quarter of cheese on one of my cookies, put them back together and YUM! Though many people- maybe even you, are thinking ‘Ew, that sounds disgusting’ I will ask you to think of going to the Cheesecake Factory for an Oreo Cookie crusted cheesecake! I don’t think anyone suggested this combination to me, in fact what I remember is sneaking into the kitchen early in the morning while my parents were still sleeping, to make this treat.

Through my life I have struggled with my love of food. This love has enabled me to develop my talents and develop the skills that make me an excellent cook. It has also been a part of my continued and life-long struggle with my weight. I am tired of fighting with one of the great loves of my life. I am embarking on a project of making peace with food, finding ways to eat delicious and satisfying food, while tackling the weight I am uncomfortable with.

Though this blog is called the “last diet” it is really the end of diets for me. It is about surrendering to a love of food that I hope will free me. If you want to find a diet you don’t have to look very far… If you want to learn with me to make peace with food, cook and eat really good food, and make more educated and healthy choices then please join me on my journey.

I will share recipes, techniques, my views on food and our food supply and options, my opinions about how we feed the people we love- especially our children, and how the way you eat can have a positive effect on you, your family, your community and the planet. I promise to be opinionated, well informed and open to feedback. I promise to share my triumphs and struggles, and to share my progress and setbacks with you, my community.

EAT ANYTIME, SUPER-SIMPLE REFRESHING SUMMERY GAZPACHO:
In a blender combine in two batches:
3 lbs of plum tomatoes
1 seeded cucumber cut into large chunks
1 seeded green pepper cut into quarters
3 cloves garlic
1/2 large onion chopped
1 tsp salt (I prefer kosher salt)
fresh ground pepper
3 TBL olive oil
optional:
jalapeno pepper
cilantro, parsley (flat leaf),
2 slices of bread torn into pieces (this will make the soup a bit creamier)

Some say to strain this, but I think it’s fine without straining. Chill for at least 4 hours.

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6 Responses to No more fighting with food!

  1. Erin Owen says:

    I have vivid memories of eating a whole package of Oreos with my father, dunking them one after one into a glass of cold milk. Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to say no to sugar and special treats. I crave connection and those treats that I give myself as reward and share with others represents connection with love.

    Thank you for what you wrote! I look forward to future posts and to trying your gazpacho recipe – perfectly refreshing and easy to takw to the park or beach for a picnic for these hot days of summer.

  2. Deb says:

    I like the idea of making peace through surrendering to love!
    You are talking about food, but it’s an enlightened strategy for many other battles as well.

  3. Allison Tibbs says:

    I love the blog idea and thank you for being so open and honest with us about your struggle with food, but more importantly your willingness to embrace it. I believe that you will see great success from this and there are people who are in the same boat and need ways to eat and be healthy, but still love food. I’m always looking for ideas, as well. I will share with my group/database for sure. Thanks!

  4. Allison Tibbs says:

    Reblogged this on Allison Tibbs Fitness and commented:
    Great blog about the struggles of food and weight, but learning how to embrace both and move towards being happier and healthier.

  5. Nancy, I love it! Let me know how I can support you and looking forward to more of your writing! When can we cook together?

    Hugs! Alice

  6. I like to see writers express themselves so well. This writer apparently has a good grasp not only on the topic at hand, but on how to keep the content clear and easy to understand.

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