From “Good” foods to Good Food

I used to think eggs were “bad” for me.

Cholesterol. Fat. Bad things.

whole egg

And then I heard egg whites were a better alternative. No cholesterol. No fat. Less calories. You know, “healthy”.

egg yolks

So in college, during my hard-core calorie counting days, I started eating egg whites.

And when I say I started eating egg whites, I mean I started eating cartons of 100% liquid egg whites, that I microwaved in a mug with a tiny chunk of fat free cheese. Mmm, is that making your mouth water?

Yes it was a lot of protein and not a lot of calories, but it tasted like eating a shoe.

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When I came to the realization that I could actually eat foods I enjoy, not just foods that are “good” for me, I stopped choking down those cartons.

And that’s been my relationship with eggs.

Then I started dating Alex, and found out that one of his many talents is making delicious omelets. I figured eggs deserved another chance.

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Besides, if someone was making you a breakfast that looked that delicious, would you argue? I feel like I’ve learned so much over the past few years, not the least of which is that it’s ok to eat what I’m craving. The yolks aren’t going to kill me. Real food is quite delicious, and if you eat what you really want, you don’t leave the kitchen feeling deprived. I can’t help by roll my eyes at my college-me, who thought that endless packages of tofu noodles and celery sticks would make me happy.

I’m happy I can relax and enjoy real food with people I love.

whole egg omelet

So I think my definition of “good food” has changed a lot since my plain-egg-white-eating-days. I don’t “eat clean” 100% of the time, but I truly enjoy eating my vegetables. I love the taste of fresh fruit or a tall glass of vegetable juice. But I also enjoy wine, frozen yogurt, and real eggs. These particular eggs came from Pair-A-Dice farms, in Lunenburg, Virginia.

(Side note: I totally think egg whites are healthy, and if you love ‘em, eat ‘em! My goal was simply to remind you to eat things you enjoy!)

Life is about balance, and the more I embrace it, the happier I am. Besides, who could say no to that omelet?

How do you define good food?

Comments

  1. Love love this post!! I’m just coming to terms with trying to stop labeling foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ I think it will take me a while to get rid of that food noise. To me good food is brunch, poached eggs, avocado, good bread, smoked salmon and I’m in heaven. Especially if you add a cup of tea with milk and honey.

  2. Amen! I won’t lie: I actually enjoy the taste of egg whites buuuut I enjoy the taste of yolk THAT much more to feel the need to add them in. Good food to me is encompasses more than just nutrition: it’s a combo of how it tastes, how good it is for me nutritionally and how good it makes my digestive system feel!

  3. we were the same way with eggs many years ago, but now our views on food have changed and we love our whole eggs – especially the yolks ;)
    xoxo

  4. Awesome post, Liz! And awesome looking breakfast, too! I stink at omelet creating!

  5. Wow, that omelet looks GOOD! And you are right..omelets generally do taste A LOT better when made with the whole egg :).

  6. Great post, Liz! I used to have the same mentality years ago. Now I like to think of good food as the stuff that nourishes the body and the mind.

  7. I feel ya. It’s hard to let go of habits you make when you’re hard core calorie counting (especially in college! I feel like I’m still breaking those habits I formed when I was a freshman and I’m almost done now). I used to only eat egg whites too, but now the only thing I use them for is baking and it’s for the ease not the nutrition facts :). All about the little progresses!

  8. Awww, lovely post! I too have been buying real cheese and whole eggs. I always felt too wasteful just eating the whites anyway, and the whole thing tastes sooooo much better!

  9. Liz, I was the SAME way in college — only eating egg white omelets, etc. It’s funny because now that I’m a few years out of college and eating whole foods, I actually weigh less! I think it speaks to the point you brought up, that if you eat whole, satisfying foods, you eat less!

  10. Liz, I LOVE this post. I have been really beating myself up lately over my diet. I need to take a step back and just enjoy food again. Thank you for the reminder.

  11. very simple yet powerful message here :) I did go through that phase a little bit too but now I am all about farm raised eggs and yolks the best part.

  12. I define good food as whole and organic and eating what you want in moderation! I find even a small salad packed with protein + fats (whole boiled egg, nuts, chick peas, etc) will keep me super full and satisfied despite the size.

  13. Love that advice! There’s totally a difference in eating well and depriving yourself. My husband and I try to stay in during the week and eat homemade foods that are better for us, but we allow some divulging on the weekends. It seems to be a good balance.

  14. When I make omelettes, let’s say for four people, I’ll use three with yolk and three without yolk. I don’t know if it matters at the end, but it makes me feel a little better! Also, I really wish I could make omelettes, but I’m really bad at the flip part. I think I need to get a non-stick pan but I’m terrified of teflon.

  15. I am trying to shift from calorie counting to eating for nutrition now. I totally agree that ‘real’ food is much more satisfying and worthwhile. I think we wouldn’t crave as much if we were constantly eating ‘clean’ and ‘real’ foods! I am reading the book French Women Don’t Get Fat and that is one of the key philosophies in the French diet. I guess it’s somewhat common sense; however, it does appear that French women seem to have done a good job implementing this eating principle.

  16. A good omelet never disappoints! My favorite is to add salsa inside . . . so good. :)

  17. Great post Liz! No one food is good or bad but that omelette looks delicious!

  18. Great post! It’s really cool that you shared your feelings about food from your college years and how your view has changed. Labeling food as good or bad doesn’t sit too well with me either!
    I <3 omelettes so thank you for sharing the recipe!

  19. It’s all about balance, right? Omelets are so good. I had one this weekend full of cheese and veggies. :)

  20. I really agree with you on this. I like to eat pure maple syrup, pure cane sugar… all the real stuff. It tastes way better and a little goes a long way instead of adding globs!

  21. I really like eggs a lot. I was really captivated by the entire post. I do agree though that egg whites don’t taste good at all. I could eat eggs for every meal LOL.

  22. Good food for me is defined by two categories: actually good tasting and good for my body. For the latter, I like to keep it as natural as possible, full of natural goodness (vitamins, fiber, protein, fats, etc.), and something that doesn’t make me feel awful after I eat it!

  23. love this post. my life has also changed since I moved from “good” and “bad” foods to just REAL foods! I don’t worry much about calories or fat or anything like that… if it’s real and natural, it can’t be too bad :)

  24. I love eggs! My favorite tihng is a runny egg on top of toast. Everything in moderation! :)

  25. Oh gosh I am SUCH an egg lover!! SOme guy one time (a chiropractor) tried to tell me I was allergic to eggs once. He was adjusting me and said my body alignment was off and that it was probably due to the eggs I had for breakfast. bahahahahahaha. Needless to say I haven’t seen him since.

  26. This is a great post!! Good food to me is all about the taste – in other words, ice cream is GOOD haha ;) But luckily, a lot of food that I find tasty is also good as far as nutrition goes. Such as eggs! I admit that I mostly use egg whites in pancakes and other places where I get the same result whether or not I use just whites or the whole egg. But if it’s in a place where the egg is the main deal, I definitely want to use some yolks! I looove the taste :)

  27. I love this post! You always hear 1000 different reasons as to why you shouldn’t eat the whole egg. I at an egg with breakfast the other day, and my friend lectured me on how much fat was in it! This omelet looks amazing, and I’m sure the whole egg makes it even better! Now, I will give egg whites a little credit because they’ve been lifesavers in recipes that I’ve halved and what not, but otherwise I am in complete agreement with you :) No more food that tastes like shoes!

  28. Omelets are a favorite go-to dinner! Great way to get protein, healthy fat, veggies.

  29. That omelette looks So good, Liz! I go back and forth if I’m ordering in a restaurant, sometimes egg white omelette, sometimes whole eggs. At home I’ve started using a combo of egg substitute and the liquid egg whites. Add some spices and it’s delicious. It’s low in Points for me on WW. It’s so crazy…whatever they say Isn’t good for you…wait about a year and suddenly it’s the best thing you can eat! Coffee goes up and down like that. Yikes! Have a great day!

  30. “Real food is quite delicious, and if you eat what you really want, you don’t leave the kitchen feeling deprived.” <- Very well said! While I've never had an egg-white phase – you actually can't buy just the whites around here, though I wouldn't have even if they were available as I'm not an egg person – there were some ridiculous habits I had in terms of food. Think semolina pudding cooked with hardly a lot of semolina and more water than milk. Hello deprivation right there. Not a nice memory but good to know it is one and not the present time anymore.
    Good food for me is food that makes me feel good and satisfied. That's a feeling I can get both from "healthier" foods like fruit and vegetables but also things deemed "unhealthier" like chocolate and ice cream. I'm glad to hear you found your happy balance with food!

  31. Fresh and simple. And all of it in moderation. :) Love a good omelette – a food “present” that can wrap up just about anything.

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