May 25, 2020

Are Cooking Shows Making You Fat?

Are Cooking Shows Making You Fat?How many cooking shows are there on the TV these days? More than I’ve had hot dinners! Wall to wall cooking shows featuring different cuisines, wannabe masterchefs, cupcake wars (Really? Wars? Over cupcakes?!).  It goes on, and on, and on. There has been SUCH an explosion in foody-ism and competitive cooking that in the last decade we have all come to know our pappadelle from our peppadew.

This is a cultural shift in education around food, and a demand for a better quality of food. How can that be bad? It can’t – right? Or can it? Is it a coincidence that we have, as a nation, been getting fatter in this time period also? I don’t think so, and I’ll tell you why and how to use this information to stop packing on the unwanted kilo’s.

So – why is us knowing more about food, and cooking more better quality food, making us fatter?

It’s very simple. It’s changed the conversation around food. The lift in detail around food “Tuscan extra virgin this” and “vine grown sourced that” has completely altered the dialogue have around food – and it’s making (some of us) fatter.

Instead of saying to ourselves “How will eating this food make me FEEL?”  We say “Mmmmm I can get the hint of the barrel roasted aroma of ….yes…mmmm.”

Instead of questioning our BODY “Am I at a point of comfortable satisfaction now?” We ask the question “How delicious is THIS?!”

Instead of asking “how much food do I need right now?” We ask “How does this taste?”

Instead of honouring our bodies signal of fullness, we honour our wallet’s signal of investment, or our time and energy investment of making something complex or impressive.

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