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Food is Not Just Fuel by Tsaalyo Food is Not Just Fuel by Tsaalyo
Have you met any of these people? People who spend minutes at a time analyzing nutritional information on packages, dividing into serving sizes to find the equivalent levels, deciding purchases on a 0.1 mg sodium difference? People who cook with the logic of a chemistry equation rather than caring about making the food taste decent? People who you cook for, and you'll be done eating, and they come down like an hour later with the logic of "who cares if it's cold, it's just food"? People who sit there watching you eat your Whopper, saying "how can you eat that filth?" "that's so disgusting" "where's the calcium, hm? where's the vitamin C? that's just carbohydrates and trans fat! Or... saturated fat... or unsaturated... whichever the bad one is!"?

They annoy me to no end. It irks me so much when they take those delicious ingredients and turn them into some whole grain, skim milk, one teaspoon of sauce is enough concoction that tastes terrible. That's wasting food.

The point is, food can be one of life's greatest pleasures. There are countless absolutely delicious dishes out there. People who spoil it by substituting whole grain wheat to make dirt-tasting pasta, or skim milk to make tasteless alfredo sauce, or make homemade chips with no salt in grapeseed oil to miraculously make potatoes taste like cardboard, are just... honestly, I feel sorry for them. They like to medicate their souls by saying that what we eat is soooo unhealthy, but they seem to be under the impression that anyone who uses sugar instead of aspartame invariably eats McDonald's for every meal and knocks off 8000 calories a day. It's possible to eat delicious food and stay under that 2000 mark, with moderated portions and Centrum supplements. But they don't understand that. They treat cooking like a science class, and food as nothing more than fuel. It's hard to decide whether to be annoyed by them or just feel sorry for them. They're so brainwashed by the pseudoscientific diet and yogurt commercials and the anecdotal spewings of the Rachael Rays of the world that they're practically incapable of just sitting down and enjoying a nice piece of fried chicken. Their militant attitude towards it is annoying, but their core mindset is just... sad.

So, I present to you this awesome stamp. Food is NOT just fuel. If you support this, feel free to use the stamp anywhere you want. By the way, that image in the background is of a plate of sushi, ordered by Gaby and I. You can find the full size at my stock account, ~TsaalyoStock. :)
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Northern-Leuchte Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
With the amount of flavor that our tunges can give us, I'm surprised anyone could think that way.

I just eat what tastes good. And if it's horrible for me; then no, I will not eat it daily or weekly but I'm still gonna eat it over something disgusting and unfilling..
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WanderingSketch Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never met anyone who looks at food like that- even the people I've met that diet, do it for their own health and the pleasure and energy that accompanies taking care of themselves. I've known people who do hit-fast diets, where they drop all their favorite foods for a few months, lose the weight, and then gain it right back again because they didn't change their lifestyles. Is that what you mean? [this is an honest question here]

I myself enter my calories on loseit regularly, and plan my day a head of time to help me a) not gain weight and b) find the quickest way to eat so I can get back to what's important to me, like art, school, and my family. We never really ate together at meals, so maybe this whole thing is going way over my head, but yes, there's nothing more amazing than sitting down to a meal with my family. I just don't want to lose myself to food. Moderation of all things. I had a piece of pizza last night, but before that, I ate a russet potato without butter or sour cream, just salt, pepper, and BBQ sauce+cheese. Both things I enjoyed, but because I regulated my favorite food in the whole wide world, I don't regret eating it. I also drank half a cup of soda at the event, but drank water after that just out of personal preference- I drink water so much already, that I feel dehydrated if I eat but don't drink water.
I live in a very stressful[?] household, so I gain weight really easily. When I was at my grandparents house, all by my lonesome this summer, I dropped 3 pounds without sweating. But at home, I have to exercise just to maintain my weight. So yeah, food is to be enjoyed, just how you enjoy it is different?

-the whole above post is totally just rambles and I'm not vouching an opinion, just writing for fun haha-
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I know what you mean. I plan my days just as much, and I use myfitnesspal for the food tracking. But sadly, you may not have met the kind of people I described in this thing, but I have. My mother. =.=
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WanderingSketch Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I get it then :D
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SoulSilverHeartGold Sep 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm kinda in the middle on this one. Since I've got a really sensitive immune system I try to stay away from most chemically processed foods. But I'm not all that picky about getting the exact right amounts of certain nutrients. I figure, by eating fruits and veggies mostly, and occasionally splurging on some simple-ingredient potato chips or a bowl of Ice cream, that I get most of the nutrients I need.

I've never really liked the taste of most greasy, processed foods, though. I really enjoy a good homemade vegetable soup and fresh fruits. Call me weird, but I think they're delicious. So yeah, I watch what I eat 'cuz my gut will act up if I don't, But I'm not a Nazi about it, and I enjoy lots of tasty food. :) 
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Northern-Leuchte Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I can understand that but I dont see how eating real food makes you weird. Or maybe that's just me because I was born eating food my god father or (with meat) his friends grew. :^
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SoulSilverHeartGold Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
it's just weird 'cuz where I'm at most people eat fast food or frozen dinners. Cooking is almost a foreign concept. :( I think that's why they all get sick and I'm fine. :) 
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Northern-Leuchte Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh ew. If I were you I'd be cooking and shoving it down peoples throats xD
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SoulSilverHeartGold Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nah, I'm poor. I can't afford other people's food. It would be nice to see other people looking out for their health, tho. They all think what I eat is gross. "rabbit food" or whatever. News flash! Carrots and lettuce are for people too! 
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