They say that you should not go to the supermarket when you are hungry because you will end up buying a lot more food than you really want. Well I am here to tell you that if you want to keep off the pounds, it may be a prudent idea to stay away from the so-called food porn web sites. Now, before you get the wrong idea, don’t think that I am talking about some kind of odd pornography that happens to involve food. “Food porn” is a term used to describe well laid out photographs of food that are meant to show off either how amazing the food looks, how good of a chef the photographer happens to be, or simply what the person happened to eat for a meal that day.

According to research presented by Dr. Kathleen Page, looking at foods that are higher in calorie prompts a person to pursue foods of higher caloric value. Presumably, looking at photos of bunches of celery will not make you go out to the latest Outback Steakhouse to order their Bloomin’ Onion monstrosity. I would like to make some recommendations to combat this problem.

First and foremost, you should have a meal plan for the week that includes what you are going to eat every day. For me there is a bit of a wrench in the equation on the Sabbath because we sometimes will go out to eat and there is no way of knowing what will be served. On the plus side, there is no Internet usage on the Sabbath and so no food porn may be viewed.

If you know what your meal plan is for the day, you can surf all you want with no fear because when it comes to food you always will have to consult with your plan and see whether it fits with said plan or not. If it does not, you don’t eat it.

Another possibility is to look at sites of this nature with a big bowl of celery nearby. If the urge to eat something delicious looking that will pack a thousand calories to your rear end, hit one of those sticks instead and see how many it takes to quell that urge.

Of course some would say the best thing to do is to just stay away from food porn all together. To me this seems a bit of a dull solution, but it may work best for you.

6 Comments

  1. 1.To inspire amateur (and otherwise) chefs. Some of the desserts that have been served in the Davidescu household were first viewed on such sites.
    2.To amaze. Wow, someone took five pounds of flour and made a loaf of bread that looks just like Mario?
    3.Like any other craft, people like to show off what they are capable of doing.

    1. I guess I’m not a Foodie, Gordon. SMILE! I would be perfectly content to just swallow one pill each day for the rest of my life that would cover all my nutritional needs without having to take a bite out of anything to sustain life.

  2. I have the WORST time on Sabbath. THAT’s when all the “chef’s” come out to show their wares, and it’s usually NOT a bunch of celery. We have a meal after services every week (oneg, potluck, whatever one wants to call it) that usually includes a pile of cheese, loads of dressings, and other porn-y 🙂 foods; that of my own accord, I wouldn’t choose.

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