A series by Green Mountain alum Jacki Monaco on her journey to overcome binge eating. Follow her every other Thursday as she blogs about the victories and challenges of recovery.
I’m a lousy cook.Scratch that – I’m inexperienced. I’ve dabbled here and there with safe foods like chicken, vegetables, brown rice – foods I knew wouldn’t overexcite my gullible senses.
I’ve feared food for so long that the thought of cooking has always been uncomfortable. You want me to stand in the kitchen, hovering over food, for hours? Without eating all of it? I didn’t understand how that was possible. But now that I’m mending my relationship with edibles, my inner child is beginning to re-discover that the “F” in food stands for fun.
This past Sunday my mother showed me how to cook a healthy lasagna. Not a culinary feat by any means, but it was a big deal for me to tempt a binge by cooking one of my trigger foods. Temptation came and went but instead of giving in, we laughed, tasted, and wrapped it up for dinnertime.
Sitting on the couch after the fact and knowing that there was a whole lasagna sitting in the kitchen was definitely a little difficult, but a part of me didn’t want to destroy the food art I’d just created. I felt proud, accomplished, and that I MADE the meal I was about to eat instead settling for the frozen food I usually heat.
There comes a time when the kitchen threshold must be crossed other than to raid the fridge and pillage the cabinets. At first, it may be uncomfortable and scary, but ultimately, I found, cooking can also be creative, social, empowering and FUN.
Have you put the Fun back in Food?