I love food.
Some people have a love/hate relationship with food.
I don’t. We’re in love. We’ve had a solid 28 years together and we’re going strong. Sure, times got rocky. I’ve tried to push food out of my life more times than I can count. I’ve also eaten my share of “bad” foods (foods that look totally cool and yummy until you actually eat it, and then it leaves you running to the bathroom and cursing it’s existence. You know, those foods).
No matter what, food has always been there for me.
My relationship with food has fluctuated over the years. For a long time, I let food run rampant, destroying everything in it’s path. A little of that destruction still rears its ugly head from time to time, but I’ve learned some things about food in our time together. Food, like all partners in a good relationship, should make you feel good.
This is important, folks.
No matter who or what you’re in a relationship with, it should leave you feeling like you’ve won the lottery, like you can breathe fresh air with full lungs, like you’re in charge of the universe. This goes for food too.
Food should make you feel good.
So in the past 3-4 years, I’ve been reevaluating my relationship with food. I’m trying to take pleasure and pride in what I put into my body. Do I feel full after a trip through the drive-thru? Absolutely. Do I feel proud after a trip through the drive-thru? Never.
In this journey (and it is a journey; it will never end. Food and I are together for life), I’ve attempted to eat foods that make me feel good. In doing so, I’ve decided that an all-natural, organic diet is for me.
Putting the best food into my body means leaving out the chemicals, hormones, additives, pesticides, and preservatives.
I’m trying. I’m not perfect, but I’m doing better each day. A big part of this journey has been becoming as Nutritionally Intelligent as possible. I know a lot about food; why shouldn’t I, we’ve been together 28 years!
At home, we eat almost entirely all natural, and about 50% organic.
Like I said, we’re trying. My biggest challenge is eating out. I love food so much that I even love the practice of eating, which means I enjoy eating out entirely too much.
Just another stop on my journey.
Organic eating isn’t for everyone. It’s expensive, not available everywhere, and not always realistic. That said, I firmly believe that natural eating is for everyone. It takes time and effort, but it can be done.
If you ever have any questions about organic/all-natural eating, please ask!
I am happy to spread the edible wealth. For now, I’ll keep plodding along, stopping at the occasional brewery or chain restaurant, but always trying to keep that control over food’s slightly aggressive side.
We’re in love, after all.
Eat, Ate, Ute
I love food.