Why Wine? Why Cheese?

The simple answer is because you eat them slowly. You eat them socially. And, they are far too good (and expensive) to gobble down callously. Frankly, I adore the French and have a love affair with wine and cheese. I am confident I could live a fairly healthy life on just wine and cheese and a small pile of vegetables alone. Well, and peanut butter. I must have peanut butter. And, maybe some water. That, too. But, that one’s optional.

This is what I believe your diet can do for you: complement and enhance you.

In all earnest, I chose wine and cheese, in particular, as the staples of this diet (which is not a “diet” in the traditional sense at all) because they command reverence. Cheese is meant to come to room temp and be eaten in small bites that melt into your palate, not binged on in the light of the fridge. Wine, too, is something that is meant to come to the right temp, then be savored, swished on the palate and indulged. Wine and cheese are also meant to be meticulously paired to complement and enhance one another.

This is what I believe your diet can do for you: complement and enhance you.

These aspects of wine and cheese demand patience and an awareness of what you are eating—as opposed to a mindless shoveling of food in your mouth with no thought to the ingredients or their effect on your body.

I created the Wine and Cheese Diet blog as a platform where I can share my painfully humorous revelations and inspirations that enabled me to conquer a debilitating, isolating, and exhausting eating disorder that consumed me for twenty years.

Wine and cheese also contain mostly natural, non-processed ingredients. They contain little added sugars and very low carbs. They also have antioxidants and other nutrients that are good for your heart, your mind, and your overall health. Wine and cheese are good for you! While those fundamentals are the cornerstones of the wine-and-cheese diet, it really all begins with eating consciously, sharing food and drink—as a source of pleasure, not angst—with others and reaping a healthier body and outlook because of it.

I created the Wine and Cheese Diet blog as a platform where I can share my painfully humorous revelations and inspirations that enabled me to conquer a debilitating, isolating, and exhausting eating disorder that consumed me for twenty years. It was a heart-wrenching and obviously gut-wrenching ordeal, but I could not be convinced at the time that there was any other choice for my body. I could not believe I could just eat normal and look fine and be happy with my body. My body was different. My body was bad and deserved abuse. Those were my core beliefs then and I hope none of you feel that way, although I know it is all too possible.

We cannot recover if we cannot talk openly about eating disorders and, especially, if we cannot occasionally laugh at ourselves, find humor and hope in the future, finally make peace with food, and move forward.

Due to the astounding statistics about how many people not only suffer from eating disorders but suffer catastrophic, irreversible injuries, and often die, as a result of them, I felt compelled—once I began to recover—to write my story. We cannot recover if we cannot talk openly about eating disorders and, especially, if we cannot occasionally laugh at ourselves, find humor and hope in the future, finally make peace with food, and move forward.

If food in any way causes you angst, if you struggle daily with how much to eat, or not eat, or what to eat, or worse, if you’ve slipped down the dark, lonesome path toward an eating disorder, please read my story, try the wine and cheese “diet” (which is a not a fad, it’s food freedom), or reach out to me (callie.bowld@gmail.com) or anyone else to talk about your eating struggle today. Let this all soak in, today. And, make the choice to eat and live well, today. Then pour a whopping glass of wine, grab a hunk of cheesy heaven, and savor the gift that is your life, my friend.

I’m glad you’re here. Cheers.

— Callie

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