I remember spending the night at a friend’s house in high school, I’ll call her Brenda. It was a slumber party and there was tons of junk food in her house. My house never had junk food. My parents were food freaks–everything was low-fat, non-fat, no-flavor food that tasted like cardboard (I mean really, who wants to eat plain popcorn with no butter, flavor or salt? Yuck.).
Brenda brought out a tub of sour cream (*REAL sour cream) and Ruffles potato chips and everyone dove in.
I’d never had real sour cream. Ever. Only non-fat products were allowed in the house. I wasn’t even a real fan of sour cream (oh how times have changed) but tasting the real sour cream full of fat and calories was like magic in my mouth. I was hooked. I wanted to eat it all the time.
That began the love affair of sour cream that has never left my life. I’m okay with that. Now? I eat light sour cream.
Another memory that popped into my head was about breakfast….er, sort of. My best friend in elementary school lived with her sister and mom in a house that had no rules. They could eat and do whatever they wanted. If they wanted soda and potato chips for dinner? Sure, that’s ok. I remember spending a lot of time at her house. She introduced me to a combination of food that just sounds vile now as an adult.
It’s funny how certain memories pop into your head. And it’s even funnier how your opinions change over time. 7 years ago? I probably wouldn’t have thought twice about those childhood memories. Now? I cringe at what I was doing to my body. Gross.
What a long way I’ve come.
QUESTION: What is a food memory you have, both negative and positive ones?