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.