I have a secret.
I love cereal. Yup. Now you know. Any cereal. All cereal. From Cheerios to Captain Crunch. Raisin Bran to Waffle Crisp. Organic Peanut Butter Puffins to Puffed Kamut. I never met a cereal I didn't like. In fact, I am drooling just thinking about all the yummy cereals there are to eat. But here is the thing: I don't eat it. Oh, I have eaten plenty of cereal in my day. I grew up eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). I'd have cereal for breakfast, snacks and sometimes dinner. But not anymore. I have rarely bought cereal for about 4 years now. Because, now that I know what I know, I just can't buy it.
You see, cereal. It's not good for ya man. Yes, most of it has HFCS and processed white flour which are obvious red flags. But what about Organic cereal you ask? Sure there is no HFCS. It's made with "whole grain" and organic ingredients. That's all fine and dandy. But the issue here isn't necessarily about the ingredients. It's how it is made. ALL cereal is made using the same process called extrusion. Which is basically using high heat and pressure to make corn take the shape of a "flake". Or whole grains in the shape of a hexagon (Crispix anyone?). It destroys all the nutrients and messes up the protein structure making them toxic to our bodies. You can read a lot more about it in this great article here.
I have been thinking about cereal a lot recently. Don't ask me why. Just dreaming of what used to be, I suppose. Then today a blogger I love re-posted that article, and I was again reminded that my relationship with cereal just isn't meant to be. And then, out of the blue, just minutes after reading that article Dean sends me this picture saying "I'm getting you one".
Thankfully Lucky Charms is not high on my list of fave cereals (although I can't say I hate it) so I was able to turn him down without much despair.
All this said, I must confess. Even knowing what I know, I have occasionally given in to the temptation and have...gulp...eaten cereal. Sometimes while at my family's house I will grab a handful from their pantry. And a couple months ago when Dean and I had our anniversary trip....I brought a box of cereal with us for my i'monvacationguiltypleasure snack. In the evening, when we came back to our room after the entertainment for that night was over, I'd have a glass of wine and some organic gluten free Envirokids peanut butter and chocolate Leapin Lemurs. It. Was awesome.