I am such an advocate for whole foods. I absolutely want us all to eat a lot of real food. Simple food. Straight from the garden/farmers market/local/homemade as possible. Veggies veggies veggies veggies etc. etc.
And I don’t think that’s hard. In fact its incredibly easy. And can be very inexpensive. Take my Edesia Bowl, for example. The simplest whole foods thrown together to make one easy, beautiful and nutrient dense meal.
But but but.
Orthorexia is also becoming more and more prevalent in todays’ society: this same general desire to be healthy – yet taken to an obsessive extent where there is sincere, engrained fear of anything else. This “health” paradigm has been needed, to a certain extent, in our society to raise awareness for better nutrition, but as many things are, it has been taken to the extreme in the minds of many people longing for answers or some form of “betterment.” Our longing for control in our chronically stimulating society has been handed yet another latch to grasp on to. As as a result, this desire for “health” only backfires and has an opposite, tragic result to what was intended.
Eating processed foods is obviously not something to be encouraged for any sort of steady diet. Sure there are ingredients on boxed foods that aren’t going to offer us as many nutrients as an apple and that we don’t want in us everyday five times a day. But these things are also not going to kill us when ingested from time to time. Hell they aren’t even going to scratch us. Our bodies are way better at dealing with things than that.
From time to time, boxed and processed foods are simply convenient. And, let’s be real…freaking delicious. How many of your childhood favorite foods came from a box in a freezer, huh? And are you still standing?
I can’t see you but yes, you are. My standing warriors.
I looked back at my eats from Tuesday and laughed when I realized each meal consisted of something out of a box. Not exactly my “whole food” encouraging mandate, but a real life mandate nonetheless. I’ve made some purchases over the last few weeks based on nostalgic or general cravings, and apparently today was the day I ended up diving into all of them.
Thanks to the WIAW crew for the weekly roundup
Oh my god my craving for eggo waffles has been ridiculous lately. I have no idea where it came from. So not only did I squeal when I saw some on sale, but I stepped UP the freakin’ eggo ladder and went with frozen eggo BELGIUM waffles. Bam. Classy. Thick. Crispy. Golden. Perfeccccction.
Toaster Belgium Waffle with butter and syrup / blueberries / banana and peanut butter
Another craving has been chicken fingers. My parents treated
me my freezer to a box (#demexpensive) when they were here. I threw together a kale caesar salad with red onion and parmesan cheese and made myself a chicken caesar salad wrap. I only ever have these in pubs/restaurants so was pretty stoked on the idea of making one myself. I’m apparently really good at balancing the whole little kid + adult thing. Kale and chicken fingers. Works for me.
Kale Chicken Ceaser Salad Wrap
…and a side of chocolate milk moments after. Ha. Even chocolate milk comes in a
I had made a frozen pizza on the weekend and doctored it up (as I always do) by adding some sausage, goat cheese, red onion and broccoli. I always have a frozen pizza in my freezer for convenience sake/those nights where I just do not want to cook. One of the best quick dinners in my opinion. Oh and if you haven’t put a fried runny egg on a slice of pizza yet, get on it.
Spinach/goat cheese/sausage/brocolli/red onion pizza + sad looking fried egg + baked sweet potato + steamed broccoli
I missed the yolk porn shot but believe me… there was oozing
Okay I swearrrr I had a craving for cereal long before I even knew I’d be making “boxes” the theme of my post. But hey, look at what else comes in a box… cereal! That being said, here’s a great example of when boxed foods can still be 100% lacking any silly ingredients: Organic Raisin Bran Cereal. No preservatives and made with organic cane sugar. Of course….. it goes soggy within 3 seconds of pouring in your milk…
So yeah. The eggo waffle probably had preservatives. The chicken fingers were not whole grain and the ingredient list was probably fairy unreadable. But I’m still healthy. I eat my veggies and whole foods on the daily, so eating from a box from time to time is not going to do anything. Orthorexia is a real thing, and just like any form of eating disorder it is a torment to someones’ thoughts each and every day. Let’s stand up for the fight against our obsession with “health” and eat from a box from time to time.
What is your favorite food from a box?
My journey with hypothalamic amenorrhea continues. My journey recovering from an eating disorder……