I WANT CANDY*

Food, food, food, eating, healthy, food, yum, food, hungry, fat, skinny, heart, food, food, food. It’s all we hear about, all we read about, all they’re talking about on TV, in magazines, even in the ads in the subway where I practice my Spanish. We are officially obsessed with food and how to eat. There are diets upon diets upon diets. No carbs, all carbs, all bacon, organic only, eat like a caveman, eat like a French woman, eat like someone who doesn’t eat. We literally take pictures of our food and plaster them all over the Internets: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and our newest social media app: Periscope, where you can show people what is in your fridge. In real time. Because people will actually watch this. Seriously, try it. Then follow me on Periscope @pattimurin.

The main message in all of this? Eat Healthy!

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This is horrifying.

Whatever the heck that means. One year dairy is in, then it’s full of hormones and will make you fat. Red wine and beer drinkers live longer than teetotalers (SAT word alert), but don’t have more than one glass a day, or else you’re considered a binge drinker. Carbs are terrible for you, then all of a sudden they’re totally fine as long as you’re eating whole wheat products that taste vaguely like the dirt you used to plant your seeds in in elementary school science class that you may have tasted when no one was watching.

Full disclosure: I like to eat crap. In-N-Out is my church. My regular concoction at Yogurtland has been described as “a whorehouse of flavor.” Right now I’m eating a dinner fit for a ten year old boy rushing from baseball practice to Boy Scouts: mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, with a healthy side of barbecue sauce. I’ve been known to eat one singular food group as a meal, and it’s usually cheese. I just don’t gravitate to healthy foods, no matter how hard I try. Even when I have salads, they’re filled with cheese (cheese is a big part of my life) and croutons and enough dressing that I can’t actually taste the green stuff at the bottom (I think it’s called lettuce?). After years of trying to clean out my diet and clean up my act, I finally came to a crashing, yet remarkably simple realization.

You know why it’s so hard to eat healthy? Because it’s AWFUL. Healthy food is TERRIBLE. Vegetables are the Earth’s revenge for trampling all over it. Earth literally said, “Dude, I JUST decorated! You gonna cut my babies down to make prom corsages and those stupid subscription inserts for magazines that you already subscribe to? Fine, then I’m gonna grow a bunch of crappy tasting green edible plants and you’re gonna eat them because I will make them good for you! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.” Damn you, Earth. We coulda had candy trees.

And then we decide to cook these nutritious little devils, to make them more exciting! I am absolutely baffled at this idea. Why would I take something that, in its raw form, tastes the best it can ever hope to taste, and make it hot and limp? Hot and limp are not words you want to describe anything in your life. Trust me.

(Note: raw carrots are exempt from this blog. There is nothing more satisfying than a crunchy, freshly peeled carrot. Unfortunately for me, I am allergic to them.)

Beet-Pancakes

DO NOT BE FOOLED. These are beet pancakes..

To make vegetables good, you have to disguise them. There are entire cookbooks that exist solely filled with recipes designed to hide vegetables in them. Beet flavored pancakes? Punishable by 3-5 years in a minimum-security prison. Pureed cauliflower that looks like mashed potatoes? Expect divorce papers. Spinach in my brownies? That’s literally the meanest thing anyone could ever do to me.

But what about deep frying, you say! Yes, deep fried asparagus is obviously preferable to sautéed asparagus, but then you hear the voices in your head telling you that “deep fried anything is most likely not as good for you as non-deep fried anything**.” So using this logic, as long as your Oreos aren’t deep fried, they’re healthi-ER for you than deep fried asparagus! Right? No? Great.

And the worst offender of them: kale. Is there anything worse than kale? To make it even remotely interesting, you have to stuff it in a salad and pour dressing all over it, or make freaking CHIPS out of it, and THEN sprinkle said kale chips with weird seasonings like coconut or cayenne. Whose idea was that? Give me ten full-fat sour cream and onion potato chips instead of a whole bag of kale chips any day. I’m not that hungry.

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A perfect meal.

But you know what tastes great all by its lonesome? Chocolate. Chocolate tastes amazing without cream filling or peanut butter (even though it is drastically improved by peanut butter in 99% of cases***). Guess what else tastes awesome all by itself? Cheese. When push comes to shove, cheese don’t need no crackers or fancy meats to make it better. You can shove that stuff in your face straight out of the package. So it’s tasty AND convenient.

I get that we have to avoid obesity and keep our hearts going as long as possible so we can live long and prosperous lives, watch our children grow and finally have money and time simultaneously so we can travel to the Australian Outback. So I shall continue to do my best, if only for the sake of my fiancee, my parents and my future children. I mean, I want to be alive to bake them Squash Pizza.

Just kidding. I would never be that cruel.

*There are absolutely no scientific facts in this blog. I am not a scientist, even though I read every UberFact on Twitter and most of the articles in Dr. Oz magazine.

**I just made up this quote. I didn’t actually quote it from anywhere. It just seemed like it belonged in quotation marks.

***This is a scientific fact. For sure.

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24 thoughts on “I WANT CANDY*

  1. *clapping* because yes chocolate is so much better than lettuce! (Seriously though it tastes of nothing). Also cheese, yes please, let’s talk about cheese. I love cheese. Camembert is probably my go to favourite.

    Also you should definitely try: Feta, drizzled with honey and crack some pepper over it, consume with crackers.

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  2. Also, beet pancakes (or in my case, beetroot cake) are food from hell. Agreed. That didn’t stop me from trying it when challenged by my friend who swears by beetroot cake (whatever makes him happy) since my ego couldn’t accept the embarrassment of not accepting the challenge. Boy, was I in for a surprise! Not only couldn’t I taste the distinct and – for me – disgusting (courtesy of being force fed beetroot as a kid) of it but it also tasted almost like cake! Of course, the fact that I have to stand my ground (naturally) and that I find eating something purple extremely weird reduce the chances of me ever eating beetroot cake again to a minimum…

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  3. You are the first ever other person I came across who is allergic to carrots! When I tell people (especially if they are supposed to cook for me) I always get that look that says ‘nobody is allergic to carrots, you probably just don’t like them’, followed by me saying, ‘I really can’t eat them, I get sick’. Awkward. For them.
    I love your style of writing by the way, so uplifting and light-spirited.Looking forward to reading more.

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      • I’m not but my mum is! I’m allergic to lots of other boring stuff though. My favourite one is celery/celeriac. You should have seen pre-teen me jump up into the air when the doctors told us. My mother’s celeriac salad was the worst thing ever (sorry mum, love you!) and finally I had an excuse that allowed me not to eat it anymore. Haven’t regretted it to this day.

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  4. As they say in Paree, “chacun à son goût.” I do love vegetables, although I must grudgingly agree with your stance on kale. I keep hearing that there are tasty ways to prepare it, but that is a thing that I have not yet personally experienced. As for cheese, it tastes great as long as you don’t think about what it really is: Milk curdled via enzymes scraped out of the stomachs of cows and sheep. Enjoy!

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  5. Your posts are a joy to read and you are so funny too! Although I eat a lot of kale, I much prefer frosting and Rice Krispie treats at every meal!! Keep the posts coming!

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  6. Bawhahaha! I love your blog! I actually like vegetables. It’s just that you have to wash them and slice them and I’m way to lazy for that most days when I get home. On another note, we like to mix spicy Italian sausage with your mac & cheese. 😉

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  7. I want your metabolism. Please remember to thank your parents for it. You can’t out exercise your diet, so somewhere in there you are blessed. I can’t even think about a cookie tree without it going straight to my ass. I gained two pounds reading this.

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    • I freely admit that my metabolism is above average! But I have to worry about the same heart and cholesterol issues everyone else does, so it makes it a lot less fun to overindulge!

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  8. Our state government considers Oreos acceptable to serve to the kids in daycares because the wheat ingredient is “enriched.” If its good for the kiddies its good for me too!

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  9. Food for thought (pun intended): Tiramisu…the perfect food. Why, chocolate AND cheese. I always say if you can’t put chocolate on it you can put cheese on it and vice versa. And butter…butter goes on everything.

    P.S. I am willing to go halvsies with you on funding research and development on candy trees.

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  10. Oh my gosh Patti, you kill me! I’m sitting here after eating a huge dinner (pancakes and bacon and sausages because I say down with the food hierarchy!) and now I’m hungry again! As someone who absolutely hates dieting and eating healthy food, I can wholeheartedly say I’M WITH YA GIRL! This blog makes me so happy, because I feel like if we ever met in real life, we’d totally become besties. You’re the type of person every girl should aspire to be like: real.

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