I recently came across Jamie Oliver’s Food Philosophy which states that:
“My philosophy to food and healthy eating has always been about enjoying everything in a balanced, and sane way. Food is one of life’s greatest joys yet we’ve reached this really sad point where we’re turning food into the enemy, and something to be afraid of. I believe that when you use good ingredients to make pasta dishes, salads, stews, burgers, grilled vegetables, fruit salads, and even outrageous cakes, they all have a place in our diets.”
I agree with Mr Oliver. As a culture we have turned food into the enemy. Rather than taking a balanced approach to eating, as a society we are often looking for shortcuts and quick fixes. Look no further than so-called “healthy” yogurts (think Activia) full of fructose and corn-based ingredients. By looking for quick fixes and lower calories we are often buying processed foods full of chemicals and ingredients developed within a laboratory. To develop a more healthy relationship with food, I believe it is essential to know and understand what you are eating.
My food philosophy is similar to Jamie Oliver’s. I would rather buy plain yogurt from Liberte and add my own fruit. It may have more calories but at least I know what every ingredient on the list actually is. I would also rather bake my own cookies and forgo the Oreo’s. For me this helps move cookies from the realm of everyday indulgence to an occasional treat that I savor, appreciate and enjoy.
My food philosophy is simple. Everything in moderation. Full-fat, full-flavor, whole ingredients and no chemicals. To eat responsibly I need to understand what it is that I am eating. This philosophy helps me enjoy life, enjoy food and break away from my unhealthy relationship with food.
Do you have a food philosophy? Please, do share!