Saturday, October 27, 2012

Looking for Happiness #4: Eating Like an Elderly Toddler

There’s no two ways about it: I loves me my food.  There is nothing that can beat the taste of warm, rich, comfort food regardless of what mood you are in.

Whereas many people carefully watch what they eat, or snob over their plates like they were a foreign film, I prefer to take a more pragmatic approach to my epicurean delights: I eat what I want until I am satisfied, share what tastes good with others (sharing the food love is almost as good as eating it yourself-- almost), and try not to deny myself when I want something.  I’ll never be a supermodel with this approach, but at least I’ll be happy and get to enjoy lovely eats with amazing people-- food is certainly a social lubricant.

In terms of what I like to eat, my tastes are rather conventional; I’ve loads of food allergies, so I dare not eat anything too exotic less I end up in the emergency room. One of my worst fears is dying and then having my harrowingly sad tale end up on one of those medical mystery shows.

I subsist primarily on a diet of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, sandwiches, cheese and jalapeno rolls, salads, and potato wedges.  I also enjoy the odd cupcake or bit of ice cream. Long story short, I enjoy many of the same foods as both the elderly and toddlers.

[caption id="attachment_259" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A chicken corn dog and potato wedges from the Safeway deli. Yumski for my tumski.[/caption]

More than once, I have ordered off the kid's menu as an adult because "grown up food" was too elaborate and heavy for me; more often than not, I could make a meal of a side dish or an appetizer. Give me a corn dog, some potato wedges, and a soda and I’ll be golden.  I’m also not afraid to admit that I still love Happy Meals, especially if there is a good toy theme going on (seriously, how cool was the Paul Frank collection kiddos?); you get well proportioned food, a toy, and APPLE BITES.

In addition to skewing towards the childish, my eating habits are also decidedly elderly in flavor as well.  I love peanut brittle.  I could live off of pickles.  Oatmeal-- who doesn’t love it?  Coffee needs to be milky, naturally.  Tea should be had throughout the day.  Also, let us not forget cheese.  Cheese should be sprinkled liberally on all baked goods, especially breads.  Oh-- I do love a good smoked meat as well (pastrami, I’m looking at you kid!).

In our society we allow ourselves to be “food shamed” out of eating what we like or made to feel as though our tastes are too pedestrian.  I’ve always been one for moderation: eat what makes you happy . . . just don’t eat a factory’s worth in one go.  Food can be one of the great joys of life when you make it and share it with the people you care about.

[caption id="attachment_258" align="aligncenter" width="300"] If you want a sandwich and Goldfish crackers for dinner, go for it!-- it's Foosa approved![/caption]

So, folks, what eats and tasty treats do you enjoy?  Let me know.



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