Is Our Diet a Yolk?

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The egg omelet represents everything that is good and bad about today’s diet.

The omelet is traditionally made with just an egg or two as the sole ingredient, and that’s it. The egg is whisked, cooked in butter, folded over, and placed on the plate — and the taste of fresh egg enjoyed slowly with a fork.

The original word for omelet is alemette, meaning “thin plate” in French. Here in the West, the thin-plate omelet is gone along with the thin, sleek bodies. It’s now overstuffed.

Today we cut, dice, and slice as many things as we can to throw into the egg, effectively burying the very element that gives the dish its name — the egg itself. It’s no longer about the egg, but everything else. It’s a deranged amalgamation of distraction, an ADD on the tongue, a Hail-Mary stimulus to our exceedingly lost sense of taste.

The egg omelet now suffers an onslaught of cooking rules and methods: Beat it with water… no, beat it with milk… actually, it should be heavy cream… about two tablespoons… actually, only one tablespoon, or you’ll make it too watery. Make sure it’s all eggwhite.

The omelet also suffers obesity: add sausage, bacon, ham, onion, potatoes, mushroom, 3 different cheeses, salt, pepper, and a dash of paprika. Maybe throw in hot sauce. And, maybe add in just one yolk.

How many ways can we complicate the egg omelet?

We treat our diet the same way we treat the omelet. We assign our diet unnecessary rules, then complicate it with novelty concepts, and then bury it in distractions. Just as we’ve lost the meaning of an egg omelet, we’ve lost the meaning of food. Which is to sustain life, and to enjoy.

Instead, we’ve turn a thin plate into mound of gluttony — unfocused and reckless.

I want you to try something:

For your next meal, make an omelet. You can use one, two, or even three eggs. Beat it in a bowl to a delicate froth, and then cook with a little butter in a frying pan. Cook it well, but don’t over-cook it. Then fold it over and place it on a plate. Then sit down and enjoy it. Just the omelet. And maybe a piece of fruit. That’s it.

If we can keep our diet this simple and minimalist, I think we’ll enjoy eating — and living — much more.

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4 Responses to Is Our Diet a Yolk?

  1. E. Watson says:

    Excellent post. It is so refreshing to read these words. I can attest to keeping things simple, which improves not only the flavour of food but also the contour of the human body.

    With the motivation from blogs like yours, and the concepts you’ve been writing about for a while, I just achieved for the first time in my life (ever!) lower than 10% body fat. I’m looking forward to this summer with gusto!

    Thanks and I always keep an eye out for your next post.

    Eric

  2. Trey M. says:

    I’ll have to give it to you, Johnny. I have virtually forgotten what an egg tastes like, even though I’ve eaten them all my life. I’ve always tried to get all fancy and creative with my omlets, and in the process lost touch with the egg for what it is… a perfect food.

    I followed your suggestion and made a plain egg omlet tonight, nothing on it, and it was delicious. Just goes to show ya… we’ve forgotten what the basics are. And that goes for a diet that makes us lean. Just eat real food, and eat less often!

    Loving your blog.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I did the egg omelette thing this morning and it was great on many levels.

    First is that the taste of fresh eggs is wonderful, and I haven’t really given myself enough of the opportunity to taste it because it has always been buried underneath all the other “fancy stuff.”

    Second is that it’s sooo liberating to know that I don’t have to “get fancy” with an omelette in order to make it worthwhile. Because usually if I can’t cut and prepare all the other crap (sausage, mushroom, onion, etc.) to go into it, I just don’t make an omelette at all believing that it’s not an omelette otherwise. And then I usually end up eating something completely crap, like a protein bar or shake, or a frozen meal, or even pastry at the coffee bar. You get the idea!

    I’m happy to have re-discovered the omelette!

    • Johnny says:

      While we rediscover the simplicity in a great omelet, I think the most important thing is that we also rediscover the simplicity in losing weight.

      Enjoy the taste of real food, and eat less. The more we enjoy and pay attention to every bite, the fewer bites required to satisfy.

      (Intermittent fasting has also helped me achieve a lower caloric intake for over a year. I find it the easiest diet to get lean and to stay lean — I’m consistently around 5% body fat.)

      Best,
      Johnny

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