This may come as a shock to those who know me well, but I am a person who functions in extremes.
I’m either extremely on or extremely off.
(Hence why control of my anxiety is a constant struggle.)
Anyway, because I tend to function in extremes, I also tend to see certain trends, ideas, or lifestyle choices as either bad or good. Wrong or right. Toxic or healthy.
But that’s just silly!
In fact, I am eating my words after breakfasting on two slightly under-done (and, thus, crunchy—whoops!) slices of sweet potato toast covered in peanut butter, cinnamon, sliced bananas, and sliced strawberries. (You can read my original critique of “sweet potato toast” here.)
And I’m living to tell you about it.
Sweet Potato Toast: It’s Just Food
If you’re Celiac or following a paleo diet, sweet potato toast is a neat gluten-free way to enjoy a semblance of toast.
Does it taste just like crusty, tangy sourdough or hearty, nutty, multi-grain toast? Of course not. It tastes like a slice of sweet potato. But sweet potatoes are delicious and filling and full of vitamins and nutrients. And they’re so versatile when it comes to toppings.
After trying my first batch of sweet potato toast, I realized, first of all, that I should have done it in my oven, because my toaster just didn’t have the power to fully cook my sweet potato slices (thank goodness my stomach is tough).
But I also realized that by eating sweet potato toast, I’m not turning into some diet-obsessed, anti-gluten, simple carbohydrate-loathing monster. I’m just changing up my breakfast. Combatting “breakfast boredom,” if you will.
Are there some people who take the healthy carbohydrate “movement” a little too far? Absolutely.
But is the existence of “sweet potato toast” the cause or the perpetrator of extreme diets, disordered eating habits, and under-feeding? Of course not.
Just because I’m a lover of balance and moderation and eating the damn carbs because I feel like it, that doesn’t mean I can’t have a more nutritious option now and again.
I mean, isn’t spending all my energy on “balance” and “eating ALL the foods” just as unhealthily obsessive as spending that energy on calorie counting, consuming “diet foods,” and managing macros?
My point: live in the margins and in the grey and let others do the same. Eat the bread. Eat the sweet potato. Just eat it without thinking too deeply about it or judging others who may choose differently.
And take a picture of it (because you never know when it may start trending on Instagram). 😉Thoughts on eating words and eating #sweetpotatotoast Click To Tweet
[linking up with Amanda for thinking out loud]
So tell me…
- Have you tried sweet potato toast?
- Do you think you spend too much time thinking about your food choices?
- What is the craziest food trend you’ve heard of or followed?