I don't believe in diet food.
However, I am making a concerted effort to eat better -- I started out by cutting out high fructose corn syrup from our diet whenever possible and it has made a huge difference in many ways. It's a quick way to cut out junk from your diet. Notice I didn't say easy. Have you ever noticed how many foods have HFCS and don't need them? I even bought a little bottle of milk at a convenience store once and it had HFCS in it. Milk!
Anyways, this simple change has forced me to really think about what I am putting in my body. And I have found that I need to have treats around the house -- I'm not virtuous (or foolish) enough to live on fruits and veggies alone. I have also learned that I really like the way high-quality treats taste (shocker!) and that high-quality sweets also come with high prices (double-shock!).
Case in point: My favorite soda. It's expensive! I buy it at $1 a bottle, and that's a bargain. It costs even more on Amazon. It's so pricey that every time I want to have a soda I find myself debating whether I really need to drink that $1-2 soda at that very moment.
Isn't that what nutritionists are always telling us to do? To eat thoughtfully?
Well guess what...a lot of the time I realize I don't need the soda as much as I think I do. So I have water instead. If I was good at keeping track of things I'm sure that I would have found that the empty calories I've saved by really thinking about my soda needs are vastly greater than what I would have saved by slurping "diet" soft drinks all day.
And when I do have my ridiculously expensive cane-sweetened soda? It tastes like heaven in a glass bottle.
It's so worth it.
And today, I wake up to news that the corn refiners want to relabel HFCS as "corn sugar" -- I don't think they get it. They really think we're simple-minded, don't they? People, at least some of them, are starting to finally think about their food. We're starting to demand that our food be just that, food, and not just a mishmash of cheap industrial products. And this is how they react? By relabeling their junk?
If I ever thought that we were being too hard on the food industry, that maybe we should trust them more, this convinces me that no -- they are not to be trusted. They clearly have something to hide.
I don't pretend to speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself: I don't want cheap subsidized junk. We just want food. Real food. Honest food.
Give us the choice, and we will choose with our wallets. But don't try to trick us.