Monday, November 1, 2010

Is the food you eat a good enough friend?

I've been thinking about  people eating food that isn't really a good "friend" to them. If we pick our foods like we pick our friends, would we make better choices?

Usually, we pick friends that we think are going to be nice to us, inspire us and help us along in life. We even choose some "spicy" friends and ones that are adventurous in ways we are not. Sometimes, we choose a few partners in crime but we try not to surround ourselves with too many of these because we know that we will become like our friends over time.

When we eat food that is physically nourishing and good for us we feel better. When we eat foods that weigh us down or are too indulgent, we are just that - weighed down paying the price of excess and extremes. We feel good in the moment and then crash down.

We make hundeds of food choices daily. As we select what we eat, we might think about if that food is the kind of friend we want and need.

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First trained as a food chemist and nutritionist, my career began enriching a Twinkie, comparing the nutrition of a Twinkie to an apple and studying the role of sugar in the diet. With an M.B.A. and years in food and pharma understanding consumers and manufacturers, I'm back to where I started - food should taste great and serve to keep us healthy. To do so, there needs to be consumer awareness. Consumers need to vote for what they want by buying what they really want. If they buy impulsively, that's what they will see more of. They need to practice balance and responsible choices. That's when change will come. Please engage me with your conversation so that I can help you make and stick to better food choices that you enjoy. You'll gain a deeper appreciation of food not only from farm to table but farm to health. My vision is to promote solutions for healthful food and food practices you can happily embody and embrace!