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Survey: What would you eat if money and health were not an issue

Friday, June 21, 2013

What I am interested in is two things:
- If money and health were not an issue, what/how would you eat? Feel free to add other info, like how often you would eat, if you would cook at home more or eat out more, if you would eat by yourself more or in company etc.
- How are you eating currently given that money and health are at least somewhat of an issue for most people here?

The reason I am asking these questions is that I believe the answers to both questions, and how they compare to each other give us a clue about what type of diet may be natural and sustainable for us. I will share more thoughts on that after I have gotten some responses.
Please either respond in the comment section of my blog or place a link there to another place where you and/or others answer this question. Maybe you are interested in asking this question in one of your Spark teams and are willing to share the link.
Either way, I welcome any input and will share my own observations starting tomorrow.

Thanks for your participation and I hope we will all learn a lot from this, emoticon emoticon
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    Okay, this might be weird but if money were not an issue I'd travel the world (desert, tundra, jungle, etc.) and try some of the most exotic dishes I could find. I'd really like to taste some of these insects that are supposed to save us all from starvation. But I don't think I could eat stuff like that if it was served at my kitchen table. I'd have to be sitting around a campfire with people whose lives are very different from mine.
    1791 days ago
    If I could get away with it. I would eat cookies more often. Now they stick to my hips. I was brought up by a stay at home mom that was very health conscious and I caught the bug early. Before I hit my 50's home baked goodies were on my menu I miss them. But I was taught to believe my body is my temple and to maintain it in a good and healthy way. emoticon
    1792 days ago
    Without health in mind, I’d probably eat more fresh-baked bakery breads both sweet and regular. Would also go back to more cream-based soups and pasta like clam chowder and Alfredo -- I typically only get the bottled or canned versions now which offer substantially fewer calories. I’d probably keep a gallon of milk (1 or 2%) in my fridge at all times instead of only having powdered non-fat milk on hand for cooking. I might even go back to putting half and half in my coffee. I love onion rings, fried clams, and fried okra . . . items I currently enjoy but much more moderately, where the healthier freggies are more prevalent.

    Without money in mind, I’d probably eat out more often and order the higher-priced entrees supper clubs -- I enjoy grilled tenderloins, scallops, and buttery Maine lobsters (with lots of roasted freggies). I continue to enjoy some of these (with some tasty, but cheaper cuts), but work to stay more diligently within the 3-6 oz range.

    Now I’ll go read your most current blog. Great questions!
    1792 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Great questions but somewhat contradictory because some of us trained ourselves to eat and like certain foods based on health. Heavy foods such as steaks, fried chickens, grilled meats, pies, etc. can be great tasting foods too, but I'd feel ill afterward. So I don't think I can answer part of the questions.

    But if cost wasn't an issue and based on my current food preferences, I would go for:
    Wild caught salmon, perfectly picked watermelons instead of having to eat my mistakes, more young coconuts per day instead having to ration, better pizza than what I'm getting from Dominos, fresh green salad, coconut ice cream, sticky rice with fresh coconut milk and mangoes, fresh pineapple juice.

    On occasion: Phad Thai, Tum Yum Goong, Beef Chow Fun, Dim Sum
    1792 days ago
    ON Friday, June 21, 2013, HOUNDLOVER1 said:

    "What I am interested in is two things:
    - If money and health were not an issue, what/how would you eat?"

    I would eat “real food,” – not the processed whatever-it-is that’s ubiquitous these days.

    (In my dreams:) I’d love to have a small “gentleman’s farm” where my food would be raised right where I can see it. Of course, this would be a challenge for me, since any animal is automatically a “pet.” I suppose I’d have to keep those animals under someone else’s care at a “safe” distance, or I’d never be able to eat them. But I’d know their health and nutritional status. I’d also love some gardens: both veggie and herbs. It would be awesome to have fruit and nut trees.

    Another wish would be to live close enough to a coastal area to get real, honest, dayboat seafood. I grew up in such an area, and my father was an avid fisherman… there was no guarantee by that method as to what TYPE of seafood we’d get, but it was always (literally) flippin’ fresh! Delectable. I miss it.

    If money was no object (not to mention a bit of shameful sloth), I’d also like to have a “kitchen staff” to produce nice meals. I don’t mean fancy meals. Just good basic home cooking. Rare or occasional special holiday or company things, but, in general, just comfort food.

    All this sounds like it needs a commune environment! LOL I can see the advantages and benefits of a thing like that…except I want my own terms! More like an estate, I guess. I suppose it would be some form of hybrid thing, in which all the “staff” would benefit equally, but under my direction. What a snob, eh?!? haha

    For the type of foods? well, I really miss things like pot pies and fresh breads. Most of the other foods I’m eating are exactly what I want to be eating, and that wouldn’t change: steaks, roasts, lots of chicken, lots of yummy eggs! I do miss most of the starchy veggies, since I’m sensitive to FODMAPs and nightshades and am really limited by that. I want taters! Corn – if I could find any that’s not mutant. Juicy vine-ripened melons. mmmmm But overall, I like the foods I’m already eating. I wouldn’t change that drastically.

    Whether I eat alone or with a family member or in a group isn’t much of an issue to me. It’s the food! I do like the camaraderie sometimes…but sometimes I just want to eat “in peace.”

    "- How are you eating currently given that money and health are at least somewhat of an issue for most people here?"

    What I do currently is to use grocery-bought items when I can, supplement with what natural foods I can manage (I get the most awesome pasture-raised eggs from a local fellow who only charges $2 a dozen!), and I start my shopping at a local independent grocer who supports local growers and producers. What I can’t get there, I then resort to traditional groceries for. I’m considering joining a co-op to purchase pastured meats, but haven’t done more than consider it for the time being. Our freezer is overflowing with things I need to use before I think about restocking. And I’d need to organize the co-op. I assume (?) there’s a local group…but I’d like to get one going to my own specifications. (There’s that control thing going on again!).

    As for the health aspect, I have to be mindful about those things I’m sensitive to. That wouldn’t change, unless some miracle might occur.

    "The reason I am asking these questions is that I believe the answers to both questions, and how they compare to each other give us a clue about what type of diet may be natural and sustainable for us. I will share more thoughts on that after I have gotten some responses."

    I’m very curious and excited to hear what others have to say on this topic!
    Great blog – thanks!

    1793 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    Yeah, having someone prepare stuff I consider healthy but still scrumptious would be great! And I agree about more lobster and crab and that stuff. Though I'm afraid I would probably eat more pizza. It would be nice to eat that kind of stuff without feeling guilty and with impunity! And ice cream! Still searching for a really good alternative, but I could do more coconut-bases ice creams, which are more expensive...
    1793 days ago
    Hubby and I are trying to live closer to the way our ancestors did, raising free-range chickens for fresh eggs, milking our own goat and skimming the cream to make butter, baking our own bread and trying desperately to raise vegetables -- battling heat, wind and the above-mentioned free-range chickens. If money were no object, we'd put in a well instead of having to haul water from eight miles away, which would make our lives easier and let us raise more of our own food. Sure it's a lot of hard work, but there's something satisfying about eating real food made with simple, easy-to-pronounce ingredients. Would love to do grass-fed beef, venison and buffalo instead of commercially-raised, growth-hormone enriched "meat." More fresh fruit and vegetables in season. And maybe a new, gourmet kitchen where two people could work together without tripping over each other? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1793 days ago
    If I could ignore all of my food issues and my money problems...I would eat all organic, highest quality grassfed meats from local farms, local pastured dairy, I would have my own organic farm with people to tend it for me, and I would eat more seafood. I would eat fresh organic homemade baked goods.

    When I go out I would eat at restaurants that serve organic food 50% of the time I went out to eat. The other 50% going out would be stuff I can't have anymore like my favorite sub shop, pizzeria, yummy fried appetizers like jalapeno poppers and mozzarella sticks, nachos, tacos, etc. I would still only go out about once a week probably, maybe twice and the rest would be yummy home cooked meals. As it stands, I can't afford to go out even once a week and actually eat anything but salad. We have a few great restaurants around here that I can eat at but it's too expensive and too much of a risk to my stomach if I go cheaper.
    1794 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Relatively new to Paleo, so my answers might change as my education increases. Today: I would go fullout Paleo in both food and lifestyle - the grassfeed food, the crossfit or MOVNAT exercise (I would need a personal trainer who understands how to work with someone who has a disability).

    Shoot - if money were no object, I might have a personal chef and have the chef grow and make all the food for me! The bones, homegrown produce and all of that.

    My reality is that I have to modify Paleo to fit my exceedingly tight budget which means I compromise on the quality of my food and when I exercise, it's with my kettlebell or other stuff at my house and I walk at least once a week - working on adding more.
    1794 days ago
    For the 10 billionth time (and boredom of all), I grew up on a working ranch. It was 100% free range (as in animals sought shelter in forests and grazed and drank water from our creeks and ponds), spring water from our wells and we raised 99% of everything we ate (including making sauerkraut in crocks) and dairy came from mama cow and a goat.

    I was raised the way my dad was and the way my whole family was except we had electricity sometimes and running water most of the time.

    Our implements were powered by mules.

    I'd eat like that without DOING the work! And I wouldn't cook.


    I don't enjoy gardening. I had to tend 3 acres of veg, not to mention all the animals and cutting wood for heat or cutting holes in ice during winter, etc. People always say, 'Oh, if only I could live like that!' They do not. That's like the people saying they wish they could go to prison and be 'taken care of for free.' There's a bit more to it.

    BUT the food's excellent :)
    1794 days ago
    I would eat exactly as I do now. Both my body
    and my tastes throughly enjoy the types and
    amounts of that I eat. I feel way too well to
    change a thing.

    Good quality, healthy, and pleasurable foods
    are at the top of my priority list. I set aside to
    time cook from scratch. I throughly enjoy
    eating. I am committed to buying organic foods,
    especially fruits and vegetables even on a
    limited budget. I would rather forgo something
    else and eat more healthily.

    I enjoy eating out three or four times each month.
    I choose local restaurants, often ethnic ones.

    I celebrate food with all its joys of nutrition,
    pleasure, and community!
    1794 days ago
    If health were not an issue- I'd eat lots and lots. I'd be hooked on sugar and wheat and be very, very big.
    If money were not an issue- I'd have fresh, not GMO produce delivered to my house every other day, and buy meat from only happy, healthy grass fed, humane farms and that is all I would every need to eat. emoticon
    1794 days ago
    I would keep eating the same way that I am now.

    Fresh veggies, raw, stir fried, baked or steamed or broiled, fresh fruit, organic lean protein and organic eggs and no dairy except for eggs and organic butter.

    No grains, no bread no processed carbs, no canned foods some frozen foods if fresh is not available.

    Organic EVO, coconut oil, organic butter, avocados and much water and no sugar at all and nothing that turns to sugar or glucose.

    I eat no more then once to twice a day and about once a week I eat smaller meals four times for that day and then right back to my normal eating pattern.

    I do not eat breakfast because I am never hungry in the morning.

    I guess this covers it all.
    1794 days ago
    If money and health weren't an issue, I could happily live off anything from the Anchor Bar (where the Buffalo wing was born), the Chinese place in my hometown, Taco Bell, and In n Out. Basically a diet of fried carbs. I would weigh 500 pounds and prolly drop dead by the time I'm 35.

    Now, because I don't live in a magical world where those food places are right next door to each other, and because I don't want to weigh 500 pounds and die, I eat fairly close to what SP says I should nutrition wise. I know low carb works very well for me if I want faster weight loss, but couldn't deal with the carb cravings and general sick feeling I had by not eating them. I think the best way to sum up my actual diet is I try to eat food that tastes like junk food but isn't. For example, I love chip dip. I now make it with nonfat Greek yogurt so I don't feel bad at all if I put half a cup onto a potato. I've found a great whole wheat English muffin that I can make awesome breakfast sandwiches with. I could never sit here and say I love eating healthy, I don't. Which is why I have to do things the way I do.

    1794 days ago
    Farm fresh food that someone else expertly prepared. And lots of it. Eating out when the mood struck. No limit on chocolate and nuts. Ever.
    1794 days ago
    would eat organic food & use more butter & coconut oil for cooking & buy fresh fish
    1794 days ago
    Money and Health, this is a good questions considering some in the medical community are starting to refer to obesity as a disease - but that is not what you asked. Anyway, If I had money, I would eat more organic, have my own chef, cause no matter how I try I screw up a recipe and of course that chef would have to be able to purchase only non gmo organic foods. Eating out is hard to do if your looking for non gmos ... at least in the grocery store you can see for yourself. Hope that helps eh emoticon
    1794 days ago
    I'd eat "Southern food"! We moved from CA to SC and have been introduced to buttermilk fried chicken, cornbread, pecan pie...
    We eat a ton of veggies and salads, very little meat, but do have a glass of wine each evening. We stay healthiest if we eat "green'!
    1794 days ago
    I'd be eating more sweets, chocolate and carbs. Also more lobster with butter.
    I changed my diet for the health of it.
    1794 days ago
    if I didn't have to worry about the consequences i'd eat the whole of Italy for one, pasta pasta pasta per favore! but i'd also spend a lot of time in Chinese restaurants, and lobster... hey you're talking to a Bostonian!

    but as it is i'm also a poor teacher with a great metabolism, I can gain weigh by thinking about food. so...
    I prepare my veggies at home, with a small amount of chicken or fish, ok I succumb to cheese... and get a case of the sweet tooth every once in a while. I think my cats and guinea pigs are more expensive to feed than I am.
    1794 days ago
    I would eat all organic everything. I would continue to avoid all pork or processed lunchmeat. I would use raw milk and milk products as well as raw honey. I would grind all my own grain fresh. I would continue to use no white flour and use Xylitol as a sweetener. I would definitely go back to eating cookies though. (Naturally homemade and using Xylitol) Cookies are my danger food as well as loads of roasted nuts. Those are two items I have to avoid as I can't (yeah I know, won't is the word that should be there) control them.
    I would continue to cook or have someone cook for me.
    And I would use only fresh fruits and veggies - preferably out of my garden.
    1794 days ago
  • GLC2009
    money AND health not an issue....hmmmmm? let me think. emoticon

    i would have a large garden (pay someone else to help me keep it up) of organic stuff. i would also hire someone to fix up all my fruit trees so they are healthier (our pears have lots of brown spots on them) and make them bear proof so i would actually get to eat some.

    i would buy all organic, pasture fed meat, eggs and such. wild fish and seafood. i like what i eat, so, i wouldn't change much, just improve the quality.

    i like to cook, so, i wouldn't need a chef, but, when i didn't feel like cooking maybe hire the gal i met that has a business as a raw food chef and gets hired to prepare meals in people's homes. catering, but, on a more intimate level i guess. or go to very expensive restaurants that only serve organic local foods.

    seems i am going to keep health in the equation. i like healthy food. though i would probably add pasta back in sometimes. but, bread i am pretty much over. i would eat lots more sushi, vietnamese and chinese food though.

    there is nothing unhealthy that i miss. i've never been into desserts much. don't like cold cereal (except for alpen. i would eat alpen again). can't think of anything unhealthy i would start eating (or restart).

    i would have a huge fridge with double doors and a bottom freezer and the nifty door within the door that you can open to just get condiments without opening the whole fridge and a bigger stove and two ovens. actually a whole kitchen makeover just to make the whole cooking and eating experience awesome. since money wouldn't be a concern, where i prepare my meals is as important as what i prepare emoticon
    1794 days ago
    I would buy organic foods and all the best fruits and vegetables that I enjoy.
    1794 days ago
    I think I'd eat pretty much as I do now, but like Scapp3, I would add more lobster and high quality fish. I would also seek out places where I could buy deer, elk and other game animals. I miss the deer and elk from my younger years. I would eat cleaner being able to maybe buy higher quality than I can always do now.

    But meat, eggs, cheese, veggies, fruits are pretty much my mainstay whether dieting or not. I've found out I actually feel better when I take wheat off the menu so I wouldn't add that back. Eat very little dairy as it is, some hwc now and then...

    1794 days ago
    I agree with HAPINANA I would eat freshly grown food and produce cooked in my own home for me (mmm..chef service) since I have researched and learnt so much on Sparkpeople I find I'm actually eating more like when my Mum did our meals as a child only without the 'pudding' everynight. People didn't seem to be overweight then.

    We had smaller meals with garden grown veges, lots of red meat and chicken and pork. Breakfasts were cereal of different types or toast, lunches were salads and cheese or left over roast meat or ham if we had visitors. Lots of fruit cakes and fruit puddings and school lunches were left overs like mince or roast meat and homemade pickles.

    Great research project looking forward to the outcome!!!
    1794 days ago
    If money and health were no issue, I would still eat as I do now. I just feel better and happy. I enjoy lots of vegetables and I enjoy a good protein shake for lunch.
    1794 days ago
    If money and health were no issue? I would eat lobster, fine steaks, drink champagne and eat lots and lots of sushi.
    1794 days ago
    If health and money were no option I would eat "clean" and have someone cooking the meals for me in my home. Didn't have to think twice about that one. Unfortunately that's not going to happen so.......... ??? there ya go!! emoticon
    1794 days ago
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