Know What You Eat: My Take on Food Philosophy

 

There’s something about good food that holds the potential to influence a person’s mood, albeit for the shortest period of time. But cooking ain’t everyone’s cup of tea, is it? Whereas eating sure is, more so because food is one of the fundamentals of life. Lately, I’ve been wondering and reading up a lot about the latest food trends and that’s when I stumbled upon the various food philosophies. So, what’s a food philosophy? It’s a personal outlook about food or a set of guiding principles about how, what and when you should consume food. Here is a 2-minute read that will give you a glimpse into what I personally think about food and habits. 

 

Choose Food That is Real Than What is Convenient

 

If you’re to ask what kind of food I love to eat, I’d say “the kind of food they serve on board the dinner cruises on Sydney Harbour, specifically on board the famous paddlewheeler showboat. Allow me to explain before you weird out on me. The reason why I mention a cruise here is because they serve real food that is as close to the source as possible. Also ‘cause it comes a close second to the food my mama cooks at home. There are only a few places in Sydney that have my heart for serving real and tasty food without burning a hole through your pocket. Even if cooking ain’t your forte, it would be safe to avoid processed and refined foods, or simply put, convenience foods. The reason is obvious–the unnecessary fats and oils that make it “tastier than other foods”. So, if at all someone comes up to me asking where to dine out in my city, I suggest the dinner and lunch cruises in Sydney for the healthy food they serve. And here’s the pro tip: always choose the kind of food that is closest to the source. 

 

Maintaining a balanced relationship with food

 

So, what’s your relationship with food? Are you a gym-freak who constantly counts every calorie intake or a self-proclaimed foodie with an unhealthy bodyweight? These might be stereotypes but they point to the two extremes of toxic relationships that people have with food. Funnily enough, I feel obligated to draw parallels between the questions “Which came first, the chicken or egg?” and “do we eat to live or live to eat?” Perhaps I figure it is time that we all analyse our relationship with food and what it does to your body.

 

Being purposeful with your food choices 

 

It is not always easy to say ‘No’ to food, is it? Especially if it’s something that smells like heaven and makes your mouth water at first sight. The key here is to help yourself to small portions and not be hard on yourself. Also, when you’re attending an event serving good food, it is important to be courteous while making the best choices. I believe that one’s food philosophy is something used to guide one’s choices and not impose upon, judge or criticise what other people eat. Many a time have I come across people who follow rigid rules and be critical of others around them. Why be that person, when all you’ve got to do is simply let other people choose whatever guiding principles work best for them. 

 

Besides these crucial guiding principles I live by, here are some more pro trips that may help you further:
* Learn to cook so that you can save up some extra money, and not to mention, avoid some extra calories too. 

* Grow your own veggies. That way you don’t have to worry about pesticides and toxins in your digestive system. 

* Keep a tab of what you eat in a day. I mean not counting every calorie…’cause that could be toxic. But knowing what you eat could help you maintain a balanced diet. 

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