I cannot tell a lie. I’m a bit of a junk food junkie. I blame my mother. (Sorry Mom, the #1 reader of my blog!)
She was too damned healthy when we were kids.
She made all of her own cookies. With WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR! Crazy, I know, but in SUCH a good way!
Here are a few things I’ve enjoyed this past week.
A treat was considered carrots and celery. Sometimes we’d get a little Velveeta smeared in the celery (much to my foodie mom’s disdain. But heck, we were eating something somewhat resembling cheese, so I guess that was a good thing!)
She tried to pass off carob chips as chocolate chips. As if.
Pop was a treat to be had at Christmas time. I swear, that’s the only time of the year I remember it ever being in the house.
We’d go to the local Mac’s corner store with our allowance clutched in our sticky little hands to get what we so desired, CANDY! Yes, we were allowed a little candy once a week or so, and even the odd visit to McDonald’s on a Saturday afternoon once in a while.
She even made her own ice cream one year - BY HAND! Yes, you read that right. My mother churned her own ice cream for us. I didn’t appreciate any of this at the time, but now as an adult (a recovering junk food junkie) I don’t know how she did it all with three kids!
Where am I going with these stories of my youth? Well, I’ve been selling my work at local farmers markets this year, so I’ve been surrounded by farmers selling the fruits of their labours every weekend. This means I’ve been eating a hell of a lot better than I usually do. I’ll always have a little salad with my dinner, but there’s something about truly fresh, just picked food that makes it SO much more appealing and inspiring!
Because I was feeling so smug about my healthy eating I bought a bag (large bag) of Zesty Cheese Doritos the very next day and promptly ate half a bag in one sitting. I felt so sick and horrible that I uttered the phrase I utter about once a month. “I’m NEVER eating those chips again!”
Am I alone here? Does anyone else junk out after a really good healthy stint?