How I View Food
Yesterday, a journalist was interviewing me and wanted to know about my eating habits.
When I proceeded to tell her all of the organic food that I keep in my fridge and that I put into my body each day, she then asked the question “What are your guilty pleasures?”
Maybe I am an anomaly but I don’t have any guilty pleasures. I simply do not view that way.
First, I view food as medicine. This means that I want to put the most nutritious food (organic food) into my body, so that my body will be as healthy as possible.
I make food selections based on what it is going to do to my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Second, I eat food that tastes good. Even though I choose food based on its health quotient, this does not mean that it doesn’t taste good. I eat great tasting food every single day.
For example, the organic desserts at One Lucky Duck in New York City are as good, if not better, than any dessert anywhere.
Furthermore, I eat a good amount of raw, organic chocolate, which is amazing.
Cacao is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and it is believed to have the highest level of antioxidants of any food. Cacao is a superfood in every respect.
Third, I don’t eat food that causes guilt. To most people, a “guilty pleasure” may be a non-organic piece of cake, candy, fried foods, french fries or something along those lines.
I eat certain kinds of organic ice cream but nothing that has refined sugar (even if it is organic) because refined sugar gets me depressed.
But I don’t eat foods that are going to make me feel badly afterwards. I used to do that but not anymore. I eat foods that are going to nourish me, make me feel energetic and keep me healthy.
Before I put food into my body, I ask myself two questions:
– Is this healthy?
– How am I going to feel after eating it?
If it is not healthy and if I am not going to feel good after eating it, I don’t eat it. Period.
So, the thought of a traditional “guilty pleasure” is not something that I can even relate to anymore.
Should all people eat like me? No.
These are my decisions, my diet works for me and is constantly evolving, and this has been a 10+ year journey of constant education as to what I should be eating.
In short, every person needs to decide what works for them and understand that what we eat truly matters.
The only thing that I would hope for is that people are choosing to eat as much organic as possible. It is unquestionably the best option for the health of a person’s body and our environment.