It’s amazing how the way one grew up can have such an influence on his or her life. As I discussed a couple of weeks ago, I was raised in a family that believes in sweets in moderation, and that the best food is natural food in its most natural state.
I started writing this post several times, but I was not sure how to proceed. My present food philosophy is ever-changing. I try to eat more locally grown foods, yet I have a hard time resisting the strawberries from California. I enjoy eating healthy food most of the time, but when I have the urge for a brownie I will usually eat it. I think that this observation IS my food philosophy.
My entire family is thin and in shape. My grandfather in Jordan is 106 years old, and my 86 year old grandmother in Italy still lives on her own and only takes 1 medication, for diabetes. That is pretty incredible. At the same time, I remember my mom never being afraid to add a load of butter to a dessert recipe, or giving us a big scoop of real vanilla ice cream covered with walnuts once in a while. I think the difference is, is that we only had them once in a while. We didn’t have dessert every night. Maybe a shared apple once in a while, but desserts were only for special occasions.
Do you know how hard that is to do now? It all comes down t eating intuitively, and listening to your body’s real cues, not the ones coming from the commercial on TV, or from the habit of having a certain treat.
I realize that my food philosophy is a big mix of ideas.
I believe that:
-eating food in its most natural state is the best food for me (i.e. fresh veggies/fruits/meats/breads/rice)
-sweets now and then are ok- even the really junky ones- as long as you are doing the above most of the time
-no one diet is perfect. Eating a variety of foods is important.
-an apple freshly picked down the road tastes infinitely better than one that traveled over several days from far away
-packaged “food” is not real food, even if it does only have a few ingredients
-meals taste better when enjoyed in company in a nice setting
-real meals will never make me fat, but snacky type foods will
What is your food philosophy?