My food philosophy grew out of my desire to enjoy the guilty pleasures in food while maintaining my fitness and health. After gaining 30 lbs during my first two years of grad school, I realized how bad eating habits could alter both my appearance and my health. It’s an easy thing to do (lose track of your health), and I’m not surprised America is the most obese nation in the world. As an individualistic, success-driven society, we encourage more, more, more, faster, faster, faster, and don’t know how to just sit down, relax, and enjoy a meal. Hence, we often eat while working, eat while driving, eat too fast, and eat too much. Then we feel guilty and go on crash-diets, but such diets are depriving, often not sustainable, and definitely not encouraging of the enjoyment of the guilty food pleasures of life. I realized after losing the graduate school thirty, that it is, in fact, possible to enjoy the no-no foods and still be fit and healthy. It’s all about moderation, but more importantly, appreciation of food.
My Food Philosophy: AIM
Appreciation: Appreciate food. Appreciate your fruits and veggies for the nutrients they provide. But, also appreciate your sugars, sweets, and fats. Appreciate and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Indulgence: Indulge in the foods you feel you should deprive yourself of. Yes, consume a primarily healthy, lean diet, but also consume desserts and treats every now and again.
Moderation: Moderate your intake of the indulgent things. Consume sweet and salty things sparingly, but don’t altogether abstain from them. As long as you eat more healthy things than unhealthy things, you will achieve balance in your eating habits and, ultimately, eat victoriously.