My Significant Other: My Relationship with Food

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I haven’t been providing my body the care and fuel it deserves. If there’s one thing I’ve learned recently, fried food is not the way to go. I have a tendency to crave “crunchy” food. Texture definitely plays a factor into what I eat. But, MAN my body just doesn’t fare well with it anymore. Constipation, just isn’t it. Sorry for the TMI.

Growing up Filipino, there’s A LOT of fried food on the table. When it came to family gatherings, it wasn’t a thing to have a vegetarian based dish on the table. It was something my cousins and I used to joke about. It actually wasn’t until I was much older that one “green” dish finally made it to the table.

For a long time, it did affect my relationship with food. The Filipino culture as a whole revolves around food. 10 people attending a party? Feed for 40, not even an exaggeration.

Attending a Filipino party for the first time? The first thing that’s said is: “GO EAT!” once you walk in the door.

The irony is that you’ll be full, yet still receive comments about weight gain all in the same instance. You just can’t seem to win. But as I’ve grown older, you just have to pick and choose your battles.

To be aware of your relationship food is one thing. To be endangering your health is another.

I couldn’t tell you how many members of my family have/had the following health issues: high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, heart bypass surgery, high cholesterol, and the list goes on…

I’d like to cut that cycle. I really don’t want history to repeat itself.

I don’t expect bad eating habits to go away overnight, but hope that providing my body the necessary fuel will lead me to live a longer life without any serious health issues coming up.

3 thoughts on “My Significant Other: My Relationship with Food”

  1. So many things to identify with– finding the healthy journey being the best one. I wonder– not being from or around your culture, if there are traditional foods that are healthier? I familiar with the local Native American culture, and one of their stapes today is ‘fry bread,’ but the truly traditional foods are from the forest and grasslands– roots, game, berries, moss. One of my friends is starting an educational center and that includes gardening to bring the culture back to earth, but with modern veggies. He’s on a journey similar to yours. I admire your love of your people and culture while striving to maintain a healthy balance. The best to you as your sharing helps others.


    1. Thank you for stopping by Sheri.

      I believe if you do go towards more the provincial areas in the Philippines, the local cuisine does get more healthier due to more vegetables being available, so it is similar to the example you had mentioned.


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