The Joy of Food

We need to get back to how we felt about food when we were young! It wasn't about counting calories, how much fat, carbs or protein we thought we needed, or thoughts like "I can't eat this because it will make me fat." Understand that we are food dependent creatures! We need food, not only to survive, but to thrive! We also need to enjoy the food that we eat because it affects our mind/body when we force ourselves to eat/drink something disgusting,  just because we think it is healthy.

Food brings together people from all walks of life! It's a universal need rooted into cultural/ethnic traditions, preferences, specialties and the creative use of available resources!  Lets rejoice and begin to enjoy the food we eat, without feeling guilty or shamed for wanting to eat foods that we have been told are "bad!" Categorizing food is what marketers want us to do in order to manipulate us into buying specific products based on profit, not health! Labeling a food  as “bad” will make us feel a sense of guilt when eating it. This takes away our enjoyment, but also makes us want it more just because it's restricted!

No matter what foods you decide on eating, savor the tastes, smells, appearances and textures! Chew your food thoroughly and take your time eating! Enjoy the company of those you are eating and sharing with! Make eating an important part of your daily life!

Important Reasons to Eat Throughout The Day:
1. Blood sugar regulation: When we skip meals, or do not eat for many hours, our blood sugar will fall! This is when we experience headaches, cravings, anger, helplessness, depression (etc.) Eating meals consistently throughout the day will keep our blood sugar regulated, and will decrease these issues!
2. Energy and Fuel: Food gives us energy. Energy we need to live our wonderful lives. To workout, to function for our jobs, to handle problems that arise in a calm way. To live in a way that is healthy and loving.
3. Digestion: When we enjoy and love the food we eat, it helps us digest the food. “…just eating what you would consider the most delicious foods will secrete juices to help digest faster, so enjoy your food” – Raymond Peat, PhD
When we fear food, our bodies sense this and can wreak havoc on our digestion and cause issues (gas, bloating, etc.)
4. Recovery: Recover from our workouts or daily living tasks!

"Food is more than survival. With it we make friends, court lovers, and count our blessings. The sharing of food has always been part of the human story. From Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv comes evidence of ancient meals prepared at a 300,000-year-old hearth, the oldest ever found, where diners gathered to eat together. Retrieved from the ashes of Vesuvius: a circular loaf of bread with scoring marks, baked to be divided. “To break bread together,” a phrase as old as the Bible, captures the power of a meal to forge relationships, bury anger, provoke laughter. Children make mud pies, have tea parties, trade snacks to make friends, and mimic the rituals of adults. They celebrate with sweets from the time of their first birthday, and the association of food with love will continue throughout life—and in some belief systems, into the afterlife. Consider the cultures that leave delicacies graveside to let the departed know they are not forgotten. And even when times are tough, the urge to celebrate endures. In the Antarctic in 1902, during Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery expedition, the men prepared a fancy meal for Midwinter Day, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Hefty provisions had been brought on board. Forty-five live sheep were slaughtered and hung from the rigging, frozen by the elements until it was time to feast. The cold, the darkness, and the isolation were forgotten for a while. “With such a dinner,” Scott wrote, “we agreed that life in the Antarctic Regions was worth living.”[1]

1. The Joy of Food  by Victoria Pope
2. C is for Calories  by Geneviève Devereaux