Not All About the Calories

“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.”

-Louise Fresco

I would like to reinforce the second sentence, “It’s not about the calories.” Perhaps that was the reason the pilgrims and Indians fed; however, it may have gotten more complicated over the years. Since that Thanksgiving feast, we have used food to make a celebration merrier, turn frowns upside down, and fill in that awkward silence that accompanies boredom. For what other reasons are you eating?

Deprivation.

Cravings.

Enjoyment.

Peer-pressure.

Regular mealtime.

Or…you just happen to walk past the kitchen. The bag of chips was calling your name. You simply followed directions. What a good listener you are.

As easy as it is to listen to these cues to start or stop eating, are these the most reliable? No doubt, they are not. Rather, what does your stomach say? Is it rumbling and in desperate need of food? You can eat to share. To be honest. And to identify. That is what Louise Fresco would want.  Maintain control of the food by responding to the rumbling or expansion of your stomach. Enjoy your food!

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