BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME
When I started my blog a year ago, my intention was to make people believe desserts are harmless, and I tried to do so by using plant based and vegan ingredients. I thought if I veganified a chocolate cake, more people would be willing to eating it. I thought I would never have to see someone cut a teeny tiny slice or worse, hear someone say "I want to but I shouldn't."
Guess what? It didn't work. It didn't matter that I didn't use butter, milk, white sugar or eggs. It didn't matter that I my recipes had heaps of fresh fruit and vegetables. It didn't matter what was inside, because we are scared of the word "dessert".
I've learned that the problem were not the ingredients but our relationship with food. Apparently dessert is naughty, dirty and evil.
DESSERT IS NOT A BAD WORD.
Fuck is a bad word. Bitch is a bad word. Asshole, cunt, dickface, motherfucker and cocksucker as well. Dessert is not. Neither is cookie, cake, ice cream or brownie. So why do we treat these words as if they were?
What the heck does "clean food" or "real food" imply? That there is "dirty food" and "fake food"?
Who are we deceiving with a "cheat day"? Don't even get me started with "guilt free" food.
Food is nourishment, and there is nothing dirty, bad, fake or guilty about that.
This language and these behaviors do not represent a positive and healthy relationship with food. There is nothing morally good or bad about food. And the food you eat doesn't dictate who you are. Food can never define you as a dirty, bad, fake or sinful person. You are not less valuable, beautiful or worthy of love and life based on the foods you choose to eat. You are so much more than food!
If any person or diet tries tells you otherwise, don't let them. Tell them to fuck off. And them again on my behalf.
WHY DO I WRITE ABOUT AND MAKE DESSERTS
I believe in the power of listening to your body and eating whatever it is that makes you feel good physically and mentally. For many of us, including myself, that means indulging in something sweet. That's not to say I eat tripe layered chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I believe in balance and honoring our cravings because it fosters a healthy and positive relationship with food and with ourselves - and that's why I write about and make desserts!
If we change our relationship with food in our minds naturally we'll change the way we eat. We'll eat foods because we want to and because it makes us feel strongly and great, not because some diet told us to in order to fit into some jeans.
Going forward I'm making an oath to my self right here right now to not just share recipes but also share food and body positively. I'm still learning but I feel to strong about it, and I think so many of us identify with this way of positive thinking. So let's embrace it!
When I was 19 years old, I invited all my single girlfriends to make this giant cookie on Valentine's day. We made it and ate it together (with wine of course) and no one complained about calories! Actually no one complained about anything! Looking back, I remember it being a totally happy night with awesome ladies, a big yummy cookie and lots of swearing.
So I want to do the same with you! Every Friday until November I'm going to make and share pictures of giant cookies, cakes and brownies with actual bad words on them. I'll only share these pictures through my newsletter, so sign up to get them!