I think the really important thing about eating more healthfully is to select excellent, favourful and well-prepared actual food. Substituting 'trying to be' food is never satisfying, first because it assumes a level of numb and dull palate that is quite offensive, but second because if you're looking for whipped cream and instead of just eating a reasonable amount of it, you'll keep reaching for another thing that's not quite it over and over again until you've eaten far more than you would have if you'd just picked the cream in the first place.
I think there is also a basic mistrust of the body embedded in trying to 'trick' oneself instead of nurturing and feeding oneself with love, which I find disturbingly similar to outright eating disorders. I love Geneen Roth's discoveries in books like When Food Is Love about the vilification of specific perfectly innocent and healthful foods.
No food is evil.
at 3:09 PM on Nov. 23, 2010