Before I begin, I’d like to sincerely thank you for your kind and encouraging comments about my last post. I was actually contemplating whether or not to publish it because I had no intention of offending anyone who is raw or macrobiotic or eating only egg whites or whatever. I was just trying to point out that those aren’t the best choices when you in recovery.
I have a special treat for you today! Lets face it, the demographic that reads this blog is mostly female and between 20-50 years old I’d say. Yes, I have a few men, but again, probably younger, like maybe 20-35. However, I do know one reader who is completely off the “Eden’s Eats” chart, my dad! So I thought I’d interview him so you’ll know a little bit about the mind of a middle aged (but young at heart) man and parent of someone recovering from an eating/exercise disorder.
Me:Hey Aba [that what I call him], will you do an interview for my blog?
Me: So lets start with some light stuff first. Whats your favorite food?
Aba: Like a dish? or a meal?
Aba: hmm…Tandoori chicken
Me: Ok, so if you were stranded on an island and could only eat five things for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Aba: Belgian fries [my dad is Belgian FYI], steak tartar, shrimp, and tuna
(man, he likes his protein! and the fried carb, of course!)
Me: Ok, what food did you like as a kid but dont care for much now?
Me: Me too!
Aba: its in our genes
Me: Ok, whats you favorite breakfast food?
Aba: Omelets [guys, I swear hes not on atkins! the man just likes his protein i guess!]
Me:Whats you guilty pleasure?
Aba: Vodka (chuckles)
Me:Whats your favorite form of exercise?
Me: You travel A LOT, do you have any tips?
Aba: yea, dress lightly, have a window seat, and drink a lot of fluids
(side note : thats dumb advice, cause then you are stuck in the window seat and if your me and have a bladder the size of a peanut, your doomed)
Me: Where would you like to go that you’ve never gone before?
Aba: Bhutan, because there are a limited number of tourists there
Me: good choice, ok now on to more serious stuff, what advice would you give to a parent whose son/daughter is struggling with a disorder?
Aba: Accept them, accept that they have a disorder, be patient with them, and be patient with their journey to recovery
(lord knows he was SO patient with me!)
Me: What do you think is the biggest misconception about eating disorders?
Aba: That every person with an eating disorder is thin
(yep, thats a big one)
Me: How do you know when your recovered?
Aba: When you can look back after you’ve changed your habits and you recognize the change, and when you are at peace with yourself and your body.
Me: Do you think eating disorders have to do with genetics?
Aba: No, I dont think they are genetic, some people are influenced by their surroundings, but I dont think its genetic. I think the root comes from having a misconstrued perception of yourself.
Me: Ok, lets end on some fun things, whats your favorite movie?
Me: favorite book
Aba: White Dog by Romain Gary (its in French)
Me: If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?
Aba: Bugs Bunny, he was smart!
(yes dad, bunnies are smart…I guess)
See, he’s pretty cool right????
Anyway……I did feel kinda a bad I didn’t leave you with a recipe last time. Please not that I usually put my recipes at the end for a few reasons. One, I’d like you to read my content, I think its richer and more stimulating. Two, and this is kind of corny, but its sort of metaphorical in the way that I want to show that food is important, but not the whole world revolves around it. I’m Eden first, then I get to the food.
Today isn’t exactly a recipe per se, but more of a money saving trick I suppose. I bought a bag of whey protein at whole food for nine bucks. Its pure whey and is cheaper than those gallon sized tubs of powders you see lined up at the vitamin shoppe. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve always been wary of buying protwin powders because they only come in those costco sized tubs, they are pricy, and sometimes contain god knows what. I did try a few natural ones like Jay Robb which I liked, but like I said, not cheap. So I thought, “hmmmmm, why not buy this nine buck one and flavor it myself!?”
And thats what i did!
Here’s what I did this past week to flavor it:
-add cocoa powder
-pulse it in a grinder with a cinnamon stick and allspice (giving it a snickerdoodle flavor)
-mixing it with scrapped vanilla beans (although the beans I admit can be expensive)
-grinding it with lemon/lime zest for a sort of “key lime pie” flavor action
O and of course I didnt forget the winner of the giveaway…..
randomly from that generator thingy is Julie! Congrats and send my your shipping info! And stay tuned everyone! We I’m kicking off ANOTHER GIVEAWAY tomorrow!