This past weekend was lovely–I spent it visiting some great friends. You know the thing about great friends (besides the fact you can disappear off the face of the earth for months at a time and they still love you)? It’s that you can talk about ANYTHING.
This weekend, the topic of conversation: healthy food.
Please let me be clear, I’m not, nor will I ever be, a health food fanatic. I love butter, carbs, sugar, you name it! These things will not be struck from my diet, purely for the fact I am a weak person. Yep, I’m weak. As it turns out, food and I have a love affair that has spanned almost 32 years.
However, I do understand the concept that eating better = feeling better. My friends do as well, hence the conversation topic of the weekend. From quinoa to coconut oil, chia seeds to spaghetti squash, we threw out suggestions and opinions. We talked for hours, and after we talked, we shopped. In Hy-Vee. At 10:00 p.m., and had a hell of a time.
Walking through the grocery store with a food scientist, athletic trainer, grain merchandiser and photographer is similar to listening to one of those crazy “mash-up” songs which were so popular last fall.
- “Don’t buy that, the ingredients are exactly the same as what’s in the regular section. It’s just marketing.”
- “I wonder how the pricing will change for this later this fall?”
- “Hmm, that might be a decent alternative for after a work-out.”
- “I know it’s the same thing, but this product won the packaging game.”
We literally combed that store from one end to the other, and found some other interesting products:
As far as a weekend goes it was a little unconventional, but AWESOME.
Food blogs, phone apps, etc. don’t motivate me. I do a really good job of reading them (usually while eating cake), and a miserable job of following their direction. However, there’s nothing like old friends to make you toe the proverbial “line.”
In any case, peer pressure is working: