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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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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People who eat disgusting stuff to pretend they are healty just make me sad. It's not a huge effort to cook tasty food using healthy ingredients, it's a matter of knowing how to extract the best of the ingredients you are using.
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I suppose.
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Northern-Leuchte Featured By Owner 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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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Exactly. :)
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WanderingSketch Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Digital 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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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I get it then :D
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SoulSilverHeartGold Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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Northern-Leuchte Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Real beef too.

My own sister acts like I'm being gross by drinking milk.
Then she gets milk and shoves chocolate into it till it's bubbling (it means there's too much powder) and claims it's better. xD Still milk.


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SoulSilverHeartGold Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
True that, I had a delicious stake today! 

I'm not a huge fan of milk, but putting in that much powder sounds gross! If you want chocolate milk there are MUCH better ways to do that. 
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Weirdo, lol.
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SoulSilverHeartGold Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know right? But if I enjoy eating this way, and I'm not too crazy about it, (I don't care if I get exactly what the FDA says my daily value of calcium is) I think it's great. It certainly helps me look and feel great. :) 
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Glad to hear it. :)
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Foxolive Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree... Especially about that whole grain spaghetti. -____- My dad does that all the time and it's so disgusting I won't eat it, I just make my own dinner when he does that xD
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Same. xD
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TwiggyStone Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I agree with you completely. People act like eating one burger from McDonald's will give you diabetes or cancer. It won't if you keep everything in moderation. You can be healthy without being militant about food choices. It comes down to common sense, really. I like healthy and junk food. Just got to know when to stop eating, you know? I do hate things like Splenda and all of the other substitute sweeteners. They have a chemical-ish after taste and it makes me sick to my stomach. I would think that raw sugar (non bleached) would be more healthy than that, but I'm no nutritionist, so I'm not sure.
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Who knows. But yeah, Splenda just tastes horrible.
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CamerFlogen12 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I completely agree with this! :)
Everyone always tells me "Eww you shouldn't eat butter on crackers" (lol it tastes really good) or "Your so unhealthy" just because I don't really care what is in my food.
Also the food concerns like gluten is bad for you, or if you eat_____ it will make you live longer is always a scam.
And one more thing, I was looking through the comments and i found the conversation about chickens and organic food. Most organic chicken are organic(most of the time), but cost a lot more, and free range just means that the chickens have and opportunity to roam- but they never say how much time the chickens have to roam around.
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
That doesn't sound yummy. xD But lol, glad you agree. Yeah, most "healthy food" things are just scams. It's sad how many people are sheep enough to believe these obvious lies.
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fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
now that I work at McDonalds, and use my employee discount, I'd like to debunk a lot of these about our food; we have healthy stuff too.
the chicken snack wrap? delicious and healthy; a chicken tender (if u order crispy) lettuce, cheese and either ranch, honey mustard or chipotle sauce (I prefer ranch). that's basically a few bites of delicious and a healthy kick taboot!

I eat lunch there everyday I work there, and I've actually slimmed down (of course, I also have to walk to the bus stop and I'm up and about while working.
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Good to know. :)
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DrSmoochum Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
i agree with you 10000000 percent on this
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Good. :)
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MotherrofMayhem Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
What I also absolutley HATE is when people try to make desserts healthy, they're supposed to be naughty for you stop making things delicious taste like shit.
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Exactly!
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Parasols Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's nothing wrong with eating healthy AND tasty food; it's easy to combine the two. I find salads, whole grain bread, fresh fruits and so on almost as delicious as dessert food. So it's win-win.

And I maintain that it's really important to pay at least SOME attention to nutrition if you care about your health in the slightest. If not, cool, but don't be surprised if you die 20 years earlier. Vitamin D for example is incredibly important to health, but people hardly get any of it these days. And trans/saturated fats are pretty much horrible if eaten in excess, it's hard to dispute that.

With that said I love baking and would not give up sweets for anything. Everything in moderation, is the key!
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S31KA Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Eeyup. Not that hard to make good tasting, but still healthy food ^^
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Whole grain tastes like dirt, lol. Nice post, though.
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Parasols Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's better if you toast 'em.
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Barely. xD
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Sonakshiwolf14 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i agree, but even if it's the most unhealthy food type in the world, like per say... McDonalds?
It's still fuel, cause you eat it and burn the energy it gives you, even the fat. So i think food IS fuel. It's just the health freaks who take it a bit too far. ^__^ and there's also the OTHER end of the line. The fatasses who never cease to stuff their faces with food... >__>
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
The few ruin it for the many, yes. >.<
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Sonakshiwolf14 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:iconotlplz: word.
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Eccetra Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm on the seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it! :dummy:

I don't see the point in counting up the calories and nutritional value etc. If I feel hungry, I eat whatever looks good, and eat it until I feel like it's enough. Seriously people, ENJOY food, that's what it's there for! I never do any of this calorie counting shit and I'm not at all fat, neither unhealthy. (Well maybe a little bit, but so what? Nobody is truly completely healthy in the minds of scientists and nutritionists this day and age.)
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Exactly. :)
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Jadepool Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Thank you.
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
You're welcome!
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Kianturada Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
;__; I-I like a bunch of 'healthy' foods. But then again, I just am addicted to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially fruit. I do have to watch cholesterol, yes, but even so I still like the healthy things anyway. ;A; And some foods are awesome cold.

...Have you ever had cold pizza in the morning for breakfast? It's amazing IMO.
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Yes, yes I have. But the best is cold popcorn, after the salted butter has cooled. It so amplifies the flavor!
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Kianturada Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Oh my. I need to try that next time. D:
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Easy way is to just bring home theater popcorn. Especially if you rebutter the remainder on the way out~.
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Kianturada Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Ah cool, I'll try that next time I go to the theater.

... Once I find someone to go watch a movie with. :iconforeveraloneplz:
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Lol just go by yourself if you want. I've done it. Who cares? Not like sitting in a dark room watching an enormous television is a social activity. Can you talk during the movie? The ushers will shove your popcorn up your exit chute. =P
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Kianturada Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Haha I just like sharing the experience. I did say I wanted to drag a friend to see that new Tim Burton movie though...
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Tsaalyo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Lol good luck. xD
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Ms-CoffeePixie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Eh, I'm sort of one of those people who thinks food is just fuel, but as of right now I don't have much control over eating that super-organic stuff. I live with my mom and she just whines about how it'll be too expensive, when meanwhile I've done the math and it would equal out to about the same price buying organic over artificial if you know where to go.
I wouldn't say I would start making food as though I were conducting a science experiment, but I want to treat my body better. You treat your body well and it will treat you well back.
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