If food were consequence-free?
If you didn't have to worry about fat, sugar, salt, gluten, lactose intolerance?
If money were no object?
Today there's a discussion going on in the fitness blogsphere about food and fantasy. I first encountered it over on Miz Fit Online in her post, In a Food Fantasy, What Would You Eat? She was responding to the Lindsey's List post, what i (would) eat wednesday.
"What would your typical diet look like if you KNEW NOTHING about nutrition or health? What would you eat if calories and fat grams weren’t relevant?"I found it an interesting question, because of the focus on calories and fat grams. I suppose that's what most people worry about, but it isn't my focus when I eat. I have to worry about things like antibiotics in eggs. I have to worry about how much lactose I'm getting. I have to worry about carbs and sugar because of blood glucose levels.
If I didn't have to worry about calories and fat grams, I'd still have to eat the same as I do now. There is no fantasy diet with that restriction. If I didn't know anything about nutrition or health, I'd be dead. There still isn't any fantasy meal, unless it's a last supper.
So I'm changing the rules on the question to, "what would you eat if food were consequence-free?" If you didn't have to worry about ANY of the things associated with food: nutrition, allergies, weight gain, other health issues?
I'll tell you. I'm a carnivore. I'd eat more red meat, grilled, with spices. I like spices. I'd eat apple pie loaded with cinnamon. I'd eat bread slathered in green chili and honey butter. I'd eat Doritos... at home.
My ultimate fantasy? I'd eat out EVERY MEAL (or have meals brought in) I'd be eating more lean meats and exotic foods, more greens. I'd be more adventurous with flavors. I'd probably eat better than I do now, nutritionally speaking, than I do now. I probably wouldn't have room for desert, even if I never had my gastric bypass surgery.
Before I started healthy eating, my "breakfast of champions" was a few cans of A&W Root Beer and a family size bag Taco Doritos. I ate that, not because it was my favorite flavors (although they are pretty darn good), but because when I get up in the morning and stumble into the kitchen, the last thing I want to do is take time to cook. I want to eat when I'm hungry. I don't want to take 30 minutes (or longer) to make something when there's something instantly on hand to fill my stomach with.
Which is, btw, why I'm so challenged when it comes to things like protein bars and meal replacement bars. I'd eat them every meal if I didn't have some self-discipline.
My fantasy would be to snap my fingers and have a hot grilled steak and steamed veggies appear instantly, rather than a box of Slimfast bars... Or to open a cupboard and find a fresh, hot off the grill, chili-lime chicken breast with a side of grilled peppers. Sure, I'd like the occasional desert without checking my blood sugar before eating, then worrying if the sugar content would over-stimulate my pancreas and produce too much insulin. But it wouldn't be about quarts of ice cream, buckets of chocolate, or mega bags of chips.
The things I love, the things I crave, aren't really munchies. Munchies are the fast, convenient alternative to what I really want: real foods, exotic flavors, things I don't cook at home because I don't know how, it doesn't occur to me, the spices are expensive, and because it takes a long time to cook such a meal for just one or two, and I feel that it's not worth it.
What I really need is a Star Trek style food replicator.
It seems a lot of people think that if food were consequence free, they'd eat nothing but crap because they like the taste, but it's all just sweet... would you really REALLY want a diet of just sweet and fat? If these weren't addictive foods, wouldn't you just get really bored with a thousand variations of sugar and dairy fat?
What WOULD you eat... if food were consequence free?