I'm sure this doesn't pertain to anyone here since by default you are at least moderately interested in food by participating in a cooking magazine forum. But has anyone noticed that lots of people are treating food as the enemy? I know quite a few people who seem to take little to no pleasure in food. Yup, there's always been some people who eat to live, but lately it seems that too many people are not finding any pleasure from food. I had friends over for dinner the other night and all they talked about is what they dislike and what they think is bad for them. I know some people have food allergies. I understand that some are lactose intolerant. Some people have to watch their calories. Some have celiac disease. Some are diabetics.
And I have my own food requirements in that I'm a vegetarian. But as long as something is vegetarian, I'm good with it. I can't name one thing that I dislike. But with these friends, they eat vegan because a blood test (by a kinesiologist, not a doctor or nutritionist) that they should be eating gluten-free and vegan. They dislike spices. They don't want to eat anything ever that would just be fun or taste good. I'm a very healthy eater, but yes, come Christmas time, there are peppermint Jo Jos in my pantry---and I only have one or two a day, so I can't see that I am harming my body.
There's so many people who act like any carb is bad. And so many who claim to be gluten-sensitive. Conversation seems to focus on what foods they think are bad and never on what they really do. I love to go on the vegan blogs because those are people who are creative and have fun with food---but I never seem to meet these people in real life.
Does anyone else know what I mean?