I think its time for another round of “stuff bloggers dont write about”.
Although this week, I must admit I have seen some bloggers address this issue.
That issue is, “health”, or more specifically, our definition of “healthy”.
“Healthy” is subjective, like “beautiful” or “tasty”. Some people think Angelina Jolie is beautiful, and I think she looks like a fish. Some people think green monsters are tasty and I gag at the thought of it. Same goes for “health”. Whats healthy for you may not be healthy for me.
Exhibit A: Lets call our imaginary person Gail. Gail is very overweight. She has a sedentary job and not time to make dinner so she might go a few hours without eating only to gorge on a whole delivery pizza and whatever random stuff she finds in her fridge. Gail has high blood pressure, high cholestorol, and she was told be her doctor to exercise at least five days a week for over 45 min. Given that Gail has all these issues, it might indeed be “healthy” for her to follow her doctor’s advice and exercise that much.
Exhibit B: Lets call our second imaginary person Rita. Rita is rather slim. She’s not emaciated, but she hasn’t gotten her period in over a year. She eats lots of fruits and vegetables, and on rare occasions allows herself a very tiny treat (maybe a square of super dark chocolate). And she feels guilty when she eats that chocolate that she’s overdone it. Rite likes to run and does it for about an hour every single day (hmmmm maybe thats why she doesnt get her period???). Rita goes to her doctor (lets just say its the same as Gail’s) and he tells her she should cut down on her activity. Maybe just a few walks a day for no more than 30 minuets.
My Point: So as you can see, what is “healthy” for Gail is somewhat dangerous for Rita. “Healthy” is all relative. Who is the king or queen of health that deems “X” healthy and “X” not healthy? Some people think a nuts are healthy, while other will try to avoid them because they are calorically dense or whatever. Some people think baked potatoes are healthy, while other may refer to them as “carb-mines”. But seriously, who are we to judge what is healthy or not?
So am I healthy??? Here are my points about me
I dont judge food. Well, I at least try not to. I try to not label food as “healthy” or “not healthy”. Doing so kind of feeds that whole eating disorder mentality of “safe food”. Food in general for me is healthy. Even if its something chemically artifical and laden with trans-fat and high fructose corn syrup. Why? Because in the back of my mind I terrified of it and I shouldn’t be. Exposure is the best cure for fear, so I sometimes need a few doses of artificial hydrogenated what not to remind myself I’m human.
I get a little help: I think I often don’t know what is “healthy” for me. And I slowly but surly learning. But what helps me get a good idea is looking to other wise people. I ask my dietitian if my weight is healthy. I don’t have an opinion on my weight. Well…. I’ve decided that having an opinion on my weight is unhealthy for me. It might be perfectly fine for some people, but with a track record like mine, I like to have my trusty dietitian be the judge.
I move, but I know how to rest: Some people don’t formally “exercise” but yet they are still emaciated and lacking a period. But if you notice, they also can’t stop moving. If they are sitting, they fidget constantly, they have very physical jobs, or they walk, A LOT. And although they aren’t “over-exercising”, they actually ARE, its just not in a gym! I do exercise. If its in a gym its for a certain amount of time and no more for the rest of the day. Having a pretty physical job as a private chef and I dont feel the need to be extra physical. I have an active job and I have no shame in just sitting and stewing and NOT fidgeting. I park as closest as I can to where I need to go, I take the escalator/elevator over the stairs, and when I do go to a yoga class or the gym, I drive (even though its a fifteen minuet walk away). Is it “healthy” for me? I think so, and maybe its even too much…I’m still working on it though. Slow and steady…..literally!
So, what is my opinion about blogs trying to be “healthy”???
I often dont know what they mean when they say, “I’m trying to get healthy!”. Are they trying to like run a marathon or eat egg whites on rice cakes or what???? I think if I told most people what is healthy for me, they would strongly disagree. Especially if they heard how actually NOT moving and eating gelato is what I think is healthy for me. Someone asked me at the Foodbuzz Festival if I’m a “healthy living” blogger and my dear friend Sophia laughed at them. I’m not an “anything” blogger. I’m just a living one.
So what is “healthy” for you? Do you know even what is healthy? Do you think anybody does?
Speaking of taking it easy (thats my brilliant transition to today’s recipe that has absolutely nothing to do with my post’s topic)…I made some challah shaped into all sorts of “slow” animals like turtles, porcupines and snails! O my!
In a large bowl, whisk together the yeast, honey and warm water until smooth. Let the yeast slurry stand uncovered for 10 to 20 minutes, or until it begins to ferment and puff up slightly. Whisk the 3 eggs, salt. With your hands or a wooden spoon, stir in the flour. When the mixture is a shaggy ball, scrape it out onto your work surface and knead it until smooth, no more than 5 minutes. This dough is very firm and should feel almost like modeling clay. If the dough is too firm to knead easily, add a tablespoon or two of water to it; if it seems too wet, add a few tablespoons flour. Place the dough in the warm cleaned bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let the dough ferment until it has at least doubled in bulk, about 2 hours, depending on the temperature in your kitchen. Divide the dough into seven oval shaped pieces. For the turtle, I did a smaller piece of dough for the head, four half-circles for legs and a small pointed piece for a tail. I kind of scored a tic-tac-toe grid onto the back of the turtle with a pairing knife.I used scissors to make a porcupine and I pretty much just rolled out a long piece of dough and swirled it to make a snail. Anyhow, once you’ve shaped your rolls, cover them with a damp towel and let them rise for an additional hour (patience, my friends!). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Before I put them in the oven, I pressed dried cranberries and raisin for eyes but press deep because they tend to pop out when they bake! Glaze with some egg wash (just some beaten egg with a little water) and bake for 15 min.