A good meal does not have a main dish and side dishes. And something is wrong with a meal that has a salad of bread on the side. It should also not be accompanied by alcohol or flavored with herbs, spices, and salt.
If a salad is on the side, what the heck is then the main course — if it doesn’t have veggies? Same for bread, the staple of life!
And if it is real food, it doesn’t need to be jazzed up with alcohol, herbs, spices, and salt, but will have enough taste of its own.
We should stop catering to (pun intended) our addictions or habits to have high-alcohol, high-sugar, high-spiced, high-salt, low-fiber, quick-calorie non-chewable intake. Instead, we must train ourselves and get used to good food, especially the naturally tasty and satisfying stuff.
Some would prefer to go cold-turkey (pun intended) on the junk food while others would prefer to transition through fake intermediates (fake omelet, fake hamburger, fake-cheese, fake milk) but those are still often not nutritious and contain lots of undesirables (salt!).
We must also drive out any dressed-down foods like white pasta, bread, rice, and white or red meat. In the end, we must end our diet of lollipops and burgers. We aren’t babies still, who must have milk. We can chew. Maybe you starved as a baby. Well, the good news is that you survived and there is plenty of food now. No more need to squirrel body fat. And we need to learn to feel satisfied from quality, not quantity (stuffing).
And stop treating good food as if it’s the tasteless white stuff that would need salad-dressing, burning and salting. Rediscover and enjoy the great tastes of real foods, the satisfaction of consciously chewing and slowly digesting fiber-rich food, and the lack of a need to eat between meals.
IMHO, a good meal should be a nutritious dish or collection of dishes that give the body what it needs, nothing more, and taste good.
Ever tasted a leaf of lettuce, beet, celery, or the like, raw or cooked?
Ever tasted cooked lentils or split peas without additions?
There’s such a great taste in ‘plain’ whole-wheat pasta or bread.
Ever tasted cooked buckwheat or Jerusalem artichoke?
Why drink anything but water and wash away our foods’ great tastes?
Ask company to eat and stop talking for all to concentrate on the food.
Take some time to get used to what really is food. It’s no good policy to cut out junk food without starting on the real thing. Eat well and enjoy!