Monday, April 26, 2010

Day 8

I've discovered the secret to starting any new diet. You must include delicious. Delicious is comprised of two very important ingredients: Fat and salt. The variations on these components are infinite.

Now, there are certain food myths people perpetrate to get you to think that you're not going to miss out when you eliminate entire food groups from your diet. For example:

Just because it might look like spaghetti doesn't mean it tastes like spaghetti. Trust me. About ten years ago, I did raw foods for six months straight. We tried all these silly little tricks (including blended up cauliflower for 'mashed potatoes'). You end up with something that looks vaguely like the food you're craving, but tastes like grated zucchini or blended up cauliflower. Telling anyone otherwise only sets us all up for huge disappointment.

The same thing goes for vegan cheese. Vegans might tell you, "You're not missing out! We have cheese too! It tastes just like 'real' cheese!" No. It doesn't. We have a few substances that look like cheese, but tastes and behaves completely differently. That is not to say that some of them aren't good. It is to say that they're not anything like 'real' cheese. Telling anyone otherwise only sets us all up for huge disappointment.

This is ALSO not to say that you can't enjoy a rich and delicious food life. It just means don't grind up a cauliflower and expect it to taste like mashed potatoes. Because no matter what you do to it, it is never going to be mashed potatoes. Find your delicious elsewhere.

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