Smokey Bill’s Gastronomical Manifesto for Foodies
Welcome to my non gluten free, (sometimes) high fat, protein heavy environment – that’s mostly what you’ll see here. Before we start quoting conventional health wisdom, allow me to tell you a bit about my approach to food and how it started … with a medical examination.
I asked my doctor about ‘anti aging medicine’ – at 55 I am all about slowing that insidious process that bring us all to our eternal rest.
His answer was simpler than I expected. He mentioned the constant change in health advice:there’s always a new health topic lurking on the horizon.
“Eat a balanced diet, stay active, avoid tobacco, have an occasional glass of wine and watch there four things about your body:
2. Blood sugar
4. Blood pressure.
… these four things are all controllable through exercise, diet, medication or a combination of the three. For anything else, you have a doctor. Also stay away from things like webmd.com – it creates more problems than it solves.”
So I came up with a few rules about eating that have guided me through my cooking adventures:
1. Eat what you like but don’t get crazy. My rule is ‘one plate of food per meal – no seconds, no desert.’ Diets don’t work but limiting your intake to sensible amounts and keeping your eye on ‘the big picture’ in terms of a balanced diet does – at least for me.
2. Avoid processed food – made fresh at home trumps pre-prepared every time – better to fry two pieces of fresh chicken with a salad than a frozen dinner or some pre-prepped dish out of the grocery store. Concerned about fried food?Take off the skin, add some paprika for flavor: it works.
3. Low fat, low sugar, heart healthy food where you can: pasta, butter and cereal, etc.
4. Emeril Lagasse says it best: “… food is serious, but you should have fun with it.” BAM!