Items that are edible but are definitely NOT food!

bariatric food

Written by Rose Archer | October 12, 2018

Call me crazy, but I find food stunningly beautiful when it’s fresh, whole, real foods like the ones in the picture above. I love paintings of beets and photographs of bowls of cherries. I crave these types of foods.

When I walk the aisles of the grocery store and see the boxes of cereal, the bags of processed foods, the cans of soda, candy, frozen dinners, etc.. Absolutely nothing moves me the way the picture above does. Michael Pollan (one of my food heroes) calls the processed food in the boxes, bags + cans “edible substances” because they might be edible, but they are not food.

We, humans, have been alive for 1,000’s of years; up until about 70 years ago, we ate what you see in the picture. EXCLUSIVELY. The “edible substances” in the grocery store are what’s new, and what’s NOT working for our bodies.

In one generation we could go back to this. We could fall in love with the taste of real juicy summer peaches and not be fooled by artificial peach flavored cereal bars that have more sugar than a bowl of ice cream!

Are you with me?

As a chef, summer is an exciting time of year for me knowing that the farmers market and my favorite grocery stores are going to be bursting with my favorite produce. Summer is my absolute favorite time of year! I feel fully alive, the daylight lasts forever, the nights are warm, and there is a full-on explosion of options to cook with, savor and enjoy.

The Oregon berries alone make my heart swell. But then the arrival of sun gold cherry tomatoes and crispy greens, huge bunches of basil and peaches and juicy baby carrots, eaten while standing in front of the farmers market stand.

I feel like I am writing a love story, describing every detail of my new crush!

And in a way, I am.

I love seasonal produce. A big part of my Food Story is this love of all things the earth miraculously grows every year. I have lots of other beliefs that make up my Food Story. Like I love ice cream and tacos. I don’t eat artificial colors or flavors because I believe they are toxic for my body, and there is usually an ingredient in processed foods that I won’t like anyway.

My Food Story is a culmination of my lifetime of eating and cooking. It started when I was a baby and has been added onto every year. I make decisions about what to buy, where to eat out, and what to serve to friends and family without even thinking about my deeper Food Story. It’s as natural to me as knowing I love my son.

But what if your Food Story doesn’t feel like a love story? What if it feels like a drama or even a horror story! What if there are beliefs that are painful, unhealthy, or not serving you?

Do you have a belief that you hate “healthy food” or that you can’t learn to cook? What if you tell yourself that you are not allowed to eat XYZ? Do you want those things more and then feel shame-filled when you eat them?

I have great news! By taking the time to look at what your Food Story is, you get to decide if you like the story you are telling yourself. Changing your beliefs is hard, I know. But it can’t even be fathomed if you don’t know what your unconscious beliefs are.

So I am inviting you to look at what is serving you and what is harming you in your Food Story. Then write down a new Food Story. Make it bigger and better than you can even believe is possible. Make outlandish claims like “I am an amazing cook, and I have the time to prepare gourmet meals full of delicious seasonal ingredients for myself and my family.”

Do you feel silly? Good! There can be fun and laughter when making significant changes! Then take baby steps. Read your new Food Story often. Think about it when making purchases. Ask yourself, “How can I make my new Food Story come true?”

Changing your beliefs change EVERYTHING.

And I’m here to help. I teach an online cooking program specifically for bariatric patients. You can start anytime and go at your own pace. I can be found at

Love, Rose 💜

Beliefs aren’t facts. They’re choices.

Watch the videos below or Click here to find out how you can be part of this change. Let’s go back to what our bodies know and want.

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