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Eat to Live OR Live To Eat??

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I hear people say that I should be Eating to Live RATHER than Living to Eat.


There is some kind of idea out there that in order to be healthy we should concentrate on nutrients and not on taste. Really?

I love Michael Pollan's exhortation to "Eat food, not nutrients." The big commercial food processors strip the nutrients out of food to make it last on restaurant pantries or supermarket shelves, then add nutrient chemicals back in, so people will think they are "healthy". They also strip out the taste. You have to eat an awful lot of maple flavored syrup to get the taste of maple syrup, or a lot of butter flavored anything to get the taste of butter.

It's amazing how delicious real food, prepared from real components and with your own two hands can taste. After awhile you realize that there is nothing at Ruby Tuesday that can compare with the output of your own kitchen. I produce dinner every night. I look forward to it. I revel in making it and in EATING it.

If I get a hankering for fried chicken, I'll make it. I'll start with a whole chicken and a knife. It's such a big, messy production and clean up that I sure don't do it very often. But on the once a year or so that I do it, my one fried chicken thigh is delicious! If I want pizza, I'll make pizza, but I have to know in advance to make the dough the day before. Cooking takes time, time to anticipate, time to salivate over what I will be making next.

Living to eat is fine with me as long as I rely on my own two hands to do it, because living to eat is also living to plan, shop, prepare, cook and clean it up. I haven't been in a restaurant for over two months, and it looks like I won't have to go to a restaurant again for another two months. Living to eat someone else's food is problematic, whether it's a restaurant or carry out or pre-packaged meals. Living to eat my own cooking is one of life's greatest joys.

And I'm thin and have been thin for 42 years from eating my own food.
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    Great blog!
    1724 days ago
    Nell, thank you!! I'm a foodie. I like the taste of food. I liek the experience of sharing a meal with DH or others. While I don't mind certain restaurant food, I prefer the food I make myself, when I can control the sugar, salt, fat, and calories. Thanks for calling it like you see it.
    1725 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I agree with this...I hate what "food" is actually not even REAL "food" anymore. I hate to cook (never had anyone at home to show me) but I am trying more every day. I have always done "simple" but I do plan to branch out. Good blog as always!
    1727 days ago
    You are completely right!
    1727 days ago
    Very interesting perspective: and it clearly works for you!!

    And: sounds delicious so I bet it works for the people around you, lucky family!
    1727 days ago
    I totally agree! I LOVE to cook and make new things and I know exactly what I'm eating and make it to my taste with all fresh whole ingredients. It beats restaurants anytime in my opinion!
    1727 days ago
  • --KREN
    I love cooking! And I love sharing what I cook. I also enjoy eating out, but not more than once a week, and usually not that often. I often think the same dish cooked in my kitchen is better, but sometimes I enjoy the ritual of being waited on and catered to,

    1727 days ago
    so true thanks for posting
    1727 days ago
    i like you personally think that the one doesn´t nessacary exclude the other.i try to both eat to live and live to eat.when like you and i both do and cook from scratch it is possible to do both.with a little bit of twiging it here and there. emoticon
    1727 days ago
    Sounds great to me. I never developed my cooking skills to any level beyond "okay" anything done well, it takes lots of repetition and practice. To throw "loving it" into the mix, it must be great. I don't know a lot of people who are both great cooks and great lovers of cooking. I know that with most I use the word "generous" because to spend all the time required and to enjoy sharing what you've done is VERY generous.
    Maybe it's like any other talent: there are all levels of skill and we must be grateful to people for making the effort.
    To hit the jackpot and have a great cook in your midst...well, as I said before: I'm available for adoption. LOL

    1727 days ago
    I love cooking. I figure it's as good as loving running for a healthy lifestyle.
    1727 days ago
    Great Blog Nell!. Thank you posting this.
    1727 days ago
    Great blog. I, also, cook every day. If I crave something I do have a little. But, my cravings are pretty minor these days. I believe it is because I eat nutrient rich hole foods. Hooray for home chefs!
    1727 days ago
    Good for you! I often confuse the two :(
    1727 days ago
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