One of my favorite pastimes is to park myself in front of the television and watch the Food Network. My friend calls it “food porn.”  I love to watch each chef prepare wonderful dishes and hope that some of their techniques might rub off on me.  So far that hasn’t really happened but I keep trying.  When something looks like I might be able to make it, I download the recipe and go shopping for the ingredients.  Then I try my best to make an edible dish.  Sometimes I succeed and sometimes not but watching these shows inspire me to try.

Also, when I watch, it is similar to my husband watching golf, I rest my eyes.  It is very relaxing to me.

Unfortunately, if I am really interested in changing my lifestyle and losing this excess weight, I am going to have to say good-bye to the majority of my Food Network friends.  This has been a hard decision to make but after watching this weekend it became clear to me that I will not stay on track if I continue to fantasize about food.  I can gain four or five pounds just watching this stuff on a good weekend.  Of course I do not just watch, I go through my kitchen looking for items that will duplicate what I end up craving. 

I love Paula Dean, I love everything about her.  She is fun and entertaining and everything she cooks looks fantastic.  Who doesn’t want those rich homey dishes cooked with tons of butter?  It isn’t only the deserts but also the main dishes and the side items.  When she brings her family members on the show and they cook together and share the love, WOW, it makes me want to cry.  That never happens in my kitchen.  John and I DO go to the garbage can together to dump our meal.   Our ride to the restaurant is usually full of lively discussion; I guess cooking does bring a couple together. 

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” is another favorite of mine.  Guy Fieri takes us to some of the neatest places to see the specialties they create.  If you are a fan of the show you know what I mean.  You see everything from bar-b-que to gourmet.  Some things are outrageous, interesting and always fun.  I wanted to visit every one of the places I saw featured. 

And Giada De Laurentis, I didn’t want to like that skinny thing but I do.  Her food is always so lovely and yummy looking.  I made her rolled lasagna and it actually turned out good.  Have you ever noticed when she “serves” her meals, she takes a tiny little bite.  If I was able to do that I wouldn’t have this issue! 

I still plan to watch some of my other favorites like The Next Food Network Star and Chopped; I like both of these shows.  They rarely make anything that I would want to eat.  It is just fun watching the competition.  “Best Thing I Ever Ate” is not staying on the list.  This show takes a topic like bacon and then all the Food Network personalities tell us the food that they think is the best they ever ate in that category.  They take you to the actual establishment all over the country to actually show you this wonderful, usually sinful dish.  By the time the show is over I am about to jump in the fridge.  I never connected it until yesterday when my nurse asked me what kind of feeling I get when I watch.  I get a feeling of euphoria.  It is a drug to me.  I know that sounds weird but it’s true.

I still enjoy The Barefoot Contessa.  Ina Garten cooks a lot of wholesome stuff, not necessarily low cal but at least she focuses on home-made and fresh ingredients.  I have made a couple of her dishes that actually turned out well.  She makes a lot of deserts using the freshest of ingredients. Since deserts are usually the end of the show I might be able to tune out if I have any self-control left.  I am going to have to keep her on the caution list.

I know that Ellie Krieger used to have a show that features food that is healthy, low-fat and good for you. She teaches nutrition as she cooks.  I don’t know if it is still on but I am positive that I have a cookbook of hers in my closet.  I am pretty sure it was a gift from my sister.  There was a recipe for a salad made with raspberries that I wanted.  It was yummy.  I only made it once though. 

People might ask why I would give up what I seem to enjoy so much and I will tell you why.  I am ready to go to any length to accomplish my goal.  I have to give up the things that are not in my best interest.  I am not going to hang out in ice cream shops and I am not going to keep feeding the fire of desire for foods I should not eat. 

So bye-bye Giada, Paula, Guy and all the rest of you; I have loved every minute we have shared but I am going to be hanging out with Ina and Ellie.  I don’t plan to become best friends but it would be nice to share a cup of decaf tea with them every once in a while.

By the way, if you are interested in following my weight loss journey, visit my daily journal at  I welcome your comments and encouragement.  Failure is not an option!


5 thoughts on “BYE BYE FOOD NETWORK

  1. Marilyn, instead of giving up food channel, why not give up dieting? Like you I played food yo-yo all my life and hated myself for never keeping the weight off. Then I simply gave up. I carted every book I had on nutrition, cooking, low..everything, plus my bathroom scale to the curb. In 30 minutes eveything but the bathroom scale was gone. I was sure I would balloon to qualify as fat lady of the circus. I have not. I never got to my dream weight, but neither did anyone in my family…we are a chunky (kind word for fat) family. So this is the body that God gave me. Why did I punish it for so many years? Why did I buy into the idea that women must be slim? That fat is ugly, unhealthy, etc. I am 67 and can still ride a horse with the cowboys and am very healthy. What is more, I am happy and peaceful about the whole thing. Course, when I see some of these Brazilian beauties, I have a twinge of envy but I have been blessed with so many things in my life that big hips and thighs seem like a small price. Besides, I am great to hug, soft and cozy. So are you! love you just as you are. Turn the tv back on! hugs, pat

    • thanks Pat. I have no visions of being thin, only less fat. There is no ideal weight for me. I will know when my body tells me it is time and I will honor that. I don’t want diabetes … I want to do this while I still HAVE choices.

  2. Marilyn – you named all my favorites to watch … I fully understand what you are talking about … knowing your red light buttons helps set your boundaries. As a Registered Dietitian, I know the journey ahead of you … the first steps are often the hardest! Good luck, my friend ~~ you CAN do it!!

    • thank you for visiting my site and thanks for the vote of encouragement. I am blogging on on this journey. it is more of a daily journal and I am finding that this is really helping me a lot. It is a long road but one I am finally ready to walk. Your kind words mean the world to me!

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