Archive for September 25th, 2010

This evening I made theĀ sesame crusted tofu that I had found the recipe for earlier this week. It was as good as I thought it would be. The tofu was crispy and the sesame seeds were the perfect touch to give the tofu some really nice flavor. The ultimate test of just how good it was came when my wife told me that it smelled really good and she wanted to try a bite. I couldn’t believe it. She actually wanted to try tofu! My wife usually doesn’t want to get anywhere near tofu and she’s never tried any of the tofu dishes that I have made. Even better than her wanting to try it was when she told me she liked it and would like to try my BBQ tofu the next time I make it.

I think that was one of the happiest moments I’ve had since I started to make changes in the foods that I cook so that I can eat healthier. I know when I make and enjoy something good for myself. It’s really nice to make something and have someone else tell me it’s good. I’ve had to learn to use so many new ingredients and new cooking methods and it’s nice to get positive feedback from others who enjoy my food. Not only does it give my ego a bit of a boost (though I am making a point not to let it get out of control) but it makes me happy that I’m able to introduce someone to a new ingredient or show them that there is a “healthy” food that they really can enjoy. I used to like cooking for others because it meant doing something nice for them. Now, in addition to that, I’m helping them discover ways that they can make positive changes for themselves.

As people discover that they can enjoy eating healthy, it becomes easier for them to envision making the changes that they want to but haven’t been able to. This is a key to making long term changes. When I felt trapped in my own body and was hopeless to change, I was unable to think about eating healthy. Even when I decided to try to lose the weight and change my lifestyle I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it. Food is such an integral part of who we are and it’s something with deep seated cultural and emotional components. To change what we eat is to, sometimes, change who we are. I didn’t want to be some hippy wimpy vegetarian who ran from the sight of a medium-rare steak. I couldn’t imagine myself being a skinny vegetarian who could get blown over by a strong gust of wind. My mental image of eating healthy was as out of synch with reality as my weight was out of control. As I began to learn about new recipes and realize that I could make some really good foods that were entirely meat free I felt empowered to change. There was a lot of freedom that came with that realization and now I hope to be able to use my skills to help others feel the same. To cook healthy and to provide hope to others wanting to eat healthy is a wonderful thing.

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