I read an article in Health Magazine the other day. How I Got Over Food Guilt. The author, Amy Spencer, states in her article, “I’ll say it loud and proud: I sometimes eat buttery movie popcorn! I don’t always buy organic! And I’m finally done beating myself up over it.”
Food guilt— we shouldn’t be suffering from food guilt. We should make informed choices. We should be able to make informed choices; the labels shouldn’t be designed to trick or deceive us. But, so what if you don’t buy organic all the time, or so what if you buy processed sugary Lucky Charms sometimes. That shouldn’t make you feel guilty.
Food is beautiful (hopefully that comes across in my photos). Food should be fun. Eating should be a social event. Eating should fulfill your body and your soul. And, sometimes, nothing fulfills like a chocolate chip cookie or some Ben & Jerry’s.
I truly believe that certain things, like organic eggs, just taste better, and I’m willing to pay more for them. They’re tastier, better for the chicken, better for the planet, and better for me. But, I certainly don’t ever believe that we should suffer from guilt if we can’t buy those items (for whatever reason).
I’m all for buying from the grocery store. Or from Sprouts Markets. Or, if you can make it to an actual Farmer’s Market, great. Or, grow it yourself. Any little bit of buying, preparing, and eating real food is a step in the right direction. If all you ever do is eat fast food, try cooking at home once a week. It tastes better, and it’s better for you – both health-wise, and in the fact that you’ll get to spend more time with your family. Have them help you prepare the meal – shopping for the food; cutting up veggies; cooking food; setting the table; cleaning up afterward.
Sometimes I think our society’s dietary health problems (obesity, heart disease, etc.) come from a lack of knowledge, a lack of understanding of our food. We have gotten out of touch with where or food comes from (it all just comes off the grocery store shelf, right?). We need to learn again how to grow food. How to prepare food again. How to eat proper food.
That’s part of what I focus on here at Life Currents. Talking about proper foods. About how to prepare food. Food should be an event, maybe not always as big as Thanksgiving, but hopefully Thanksgiving was an event in which you enjoyed your food and the people with whom you spent the day.
Here’s a video from Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, talking about Grocery Stores and how we can navigate them to find proper food.
Like Ms. Spencer said in her article on food guilt, “Living well, after all, is really all about balance.”
Hopefully you don’t suffer from food guilt. Hopefully you don’t pass judgment on food that isn’t perfectly organic or didn’t come from your local farm. Hopefully you live a well balanced and happy life full of tasty treats and happy people. And, if you can fit in some tasty organic unprocessed food in the meantime, great!