Food Porn Ponderings

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When I’m watching tv, I’m amazed and amused by the way food is advertised, especially to women.  It’s interesting to observe the  lengths (no pun intended) to which the corporate  food overlords will go, trying to bait me to lust after velvety smooth Yoplait yogurt, or sinfully rich Dove chocolate bars.  They pull out all the stops as they imagine what will move me to crave that voluptuously creamy ice cream (with nuts) or the sizzlely spiciness and bubbling cheesiness of that gorgeous pizza pie.   Most of the time, they can’t move me one inch.  Most of the time.

The reason is I love the food that I love, and what I love is not being advertised by Madison Avenue so much.  Though I love Yoplait yogurt and Dove bars, I dont love them like that.  I don’t make grocery store runs after watching a commercial for those products.  I can see clearly through their sad attempts to flaunt their products, and I’m not falling for it, because their food is just not that sexy to me.   I’m just not that into it.  Nice try though.

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Yet the advertisers continue on, and every type of food that’s presented to me is always about creamy, fluffy, smooth, rich, and buttery.  And dark.  And just in case I’m a little frigid, they always make sure to supply a tantric food goddess, with her eyes rolling back in her head in pre-orgasmic delight to show me the way.  It’s amusing to watch her as she saaaaaavors tiny bits of whatever smoooooth creamy richness they’re trying to sell me.  I’m not even gonna talk about the chocolate commercials and all the deep dark sweetness seductively threatening to explode right at the surface of some poor woman’s id.  Not mine, though.

What’s even more interesting, once women are sexually baited to eat all of the rich, thick creaminess and gain all the weight, we then are looked down upon as weak, dirty little loose, greedy hedonists, needing to be whipped back into shape boot camp style by Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.  They even recruit Jennifer Hudson to implore us that “It’s a new Life!”  Just join up with Jenny C., because simply stated, “it works”.   If you say so, Jenny H.  (A very interesting article about the song, It’s A New Lifeg.)
It’s all such a vicious circle – darned if you do and darned if you don’t.  The building up of high food desire, the giving in to food, then the food shame.

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I refuse to allow food guilt and shame into my spirit.  I love food and I just accept that about myself without regret.  I don’t allow myself to be ripped apart by the politics.  I find that I’m well able to control my eating.  If I decide to eat bacon and eggs today, then I eat oatmeal with plain toast tomorrow.  I seldom buy lowfat food products as a dietary measure.  If I eat extra fatty foods, I do a few more exercises to burn it off.  Simple.

As the food purveyors continue trying to seduce me, I continue to resist them with ease.  But that’s not to say there isn’t any food I consider sexy.  Yes indeed there is!  Food that makes my mouth water at first thought.  Show me a huge pot of mixed greens (Collards, Turnips, Mustards) cooked down…with a sexy, smokey turkey wing posing seductively – or crumbled throughout.  O. M. G!   Don’t let me see grammamma’s Corningware filled with baked macaroni and cheese, with REAL cheese, not Velveeta!  There is something very sexy about Macaroni and Cheese in Corningware.  Don’t act like you don’t know.

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Macaroni and cheese isn’t the only sexy food.  What about those Kilpatrick Dinner rolls split down the middle and dripping with butter – you know the rolls you only got to eat at Thanksgiving?  Yum!  Then set it all off with some golden fried or golden baked chicken! Or even  your mama’s pot roast surrounded by red pototoes swimming seductively in delicious brown gravy, and for you geechees, a pot of rice because y’all can’t eat unless there’s some rice.  Then for dessert,  candy yams and sweet potato pie, 7up cake, peach cobbler or chocolate layer cake.

These are the foods that get a rise out of me.  It is what it is.  I can’t say that no one could make me look with desire though, at other foods.  The Food Network, the sexiest station of them all, could make me look twice or even three times.  These people know how to set the mood like no one else.  I looooove how they put the microphone up to sizzling burgers, so you can hear what they’re saying.  Sexy!   Or how they put closeups on boiling noodles so we could watch them soften, and numerous other seductive food photos.   When I watch I find no reason to resist, because I don’t feel that I’m gonna get out of control.   Paula Deen is my favorite just for her audacity!  We all know that we were supposed to look ONLY and not touch or even test!  Who really eats bacon peanut butter sandwiches made with glazed donuts for bread?  We know better than that!  Come on, give us some credit!  Now they harassing Miss Paula like she tricked us or something.  Anyways…

Food is a good thing.  If we dont overdo it and balance what we eat, we’ll be alright.  I eat pepperoni pizza once in a while, not every night!  But if I find myself watching pizza commercials every night and being easy seduced….
I feel that these commercials create something within the minds of those who are watching daily without some type of mental filter.  It’s wrong, of course.  I’m against the manipulation that the food industry displays against us.  And its not just women who are being turned out.  We have all seen those hamburger commercials with the scantily clad sexy woman trying to force a huge burger in her mouth, with mayo and ketchup dripping.  How are men supposed to react to this mental assault, especially when they don’t see it as such?

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It seems we are captives at the mercy of these Madison Avenue manipulations.  It all seems so confusing!  I don’t know, all I want to do is eat what I want without having to be torn apart mentally for it.  Maybe that’s too much to ask.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Now this is one of your best and funniest columns. All those mouth watering descriptions of delicious foods that my doctor has forbidden me to eat are accompanied by delectable photos has made me hungry. High blood pressure has effectively banned me from soul food except for holidays. Then it is also ironic that I’m currently recovering from food poisoning and can’t eat anything but boiled chicken, yogurt, soup and white rice. Sigh…..

    1. Anna Renee says:

      OMG! Sorry about that. These foods ought not be eaten but once in a while anyway. We can have some of these goodies if we would just eliminate the excess salt and sugar and fat from them! But they are so sexy though! 🙂

      1. Yes food is sexy. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman; Soul Food. Honey, chocolate and other substances being poured over naked bodies in anticipation of being sensuously licked off. Sex and food have always been intertwined.

        Oh yes I do go off my diet and anger my doctors every so often because I love to eat. The man I’m dating loves to eat. We live in New York which is a gourmands paradise. I believe I’ve eaten food from almost every ethnic group known to man. However I’m a good cook and know how to prepare tasty meals minus the salt and sugar. My problem is not being too lazy to get in the kitchen!!

        Sad to say in my case I believe I got acute gastroenteritis/food poisoning from eating salad in the staff cafeteria. Needless to say I won’t be eating any type of non packaged food from my workplace ever again.

        1. Anna Renee says:

          Wow! That’s too bad – it’s always the salad that mess people up. Salad is a very dangerous food. Does it take long to recover from the gastroenteritis?

          1. Well this all started last Monday night. Tuesday I went to my regular doctor who gave me medication which helped but I still could not work. Today I went to a specialist who put me on a bland diet and told me to take Pepto Bismal twice a day. I expect to return to work on either Sunday or Monday. However before he can perform a colon exam this stomach infection has to go. So I go back to the specialist Friday, Feb. 3rd. I’m sure I’ll be recovered before then. Salad is good for you if handled properly. Never eat from a salad bar. You don’t know how long it’s been sitting out there or who has touched or breathed on it. Prepare your own personal salad at home with fresh produce from your grocer or local Farmers Market. Learned my lesson.

  2. jjbrock says:

    Anna you made a great observation which I total agree with. I’m like you most of the food commercials that are advertise don’t appeal to me nor do they get a rise out of me. I love the post great job.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      I just love my soul food – good old fashioned soul food!

  3. Reggie says:

    I absolutely love to eat!!

    I’ve got a wait problem, I can’t wait to eat!!

    1. Anna Renee says:

      I’ve fought and conquered my wait problem, Reggie! But I still love good food, though.

  4. Mrs D says:

    I love food as well just like everyone else but if we can eat what we love in moderation its ok. If we starve ourselves then thats when it becomes a problem. Also learn how to make your fav foods the healty way if you ground beef try ground turkey, and I don’t recomment eating pork at all. I know pork is good, but the older you get the worse it is for you. Also try cooking things at home instead of eating out. I will be giving this a try I am also bad at this cooking at home and not taking lunch thats bad on me……

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