This morning, I read the saddest quote from Jada Pinkett Smith:
“If I could have French fries and pizza every day I would really live off that. My real diet though, well, I don’t eat for pleasure. I probably had the only West Indian grandmother that could not cook. She was an awful cook, and she taught me that you don’t eat for taste, you eat for nourishment. And I have kept that over the years, so I can eat anything that’s healthy.”
Ugh. People who only eat for nourishment are like people who only have sex to procreate - lame and I would never want to date you.
Obviously, I’m on board with the whole eating for nourishment thing – I’d say about 80% of what I eat is nutritous, natural food that I know will make me look and feel my best. But it has to taste good or I won’t eat it.
I just hate the implication that healthy food has to be bland and unappetizing – it’s soooo not true and I think it deters people from wanting to improve their diets, especially people like me who love the sensory experience of eating. There’s no way I could stick to a healthy diet if I didn’t like the taste of what I was eating but I’ve found so many healthy foods that I derive pleasure from and that makes sticking to my diet easy.
Anyway, that’s my little Friday morning rant - Jada, you have a smokin’ bod, but if you seriously don’t take any pleasure in most of what you eat, I feel bad for you. I wouldn’t trade in the pleasurable aspect of eating for anything, not even your triceps.
Speaking of eating for pleasure, last night my family and I went out for dinner to a fantastic little Italian restaurant to celebrate my sister’s birthday. I ordered the vegetarian pizza.
The great thing about ordering pizza (other than the cheese) is that it’s easy to keep your portions in check, whereas when you get a massive dish of other types of food, it can be hard to keep track of how much you’ve eaten. I ate 2.5 slices and took the rest to go. Can’t wait for lunch today!
I’m also excited for the weekend - I’m doing dinner and a movie with a girlfriend tonight, going to Canada’s Wonderland with Josh and some friends tomorrow, another birthday celebration for my sister on Sunday and a BBQ with friends on Sunday night. This week, I managed to cross a bunch of house tasks off my to-do list (booked movers, set up hydro and gas and settled on a mortgage finally) so I’m not even stressing over having a totally indulgent weekend.
Have a good one!
What do you think of Jada’s quote?