On Eating

Feeding your family can be a complex, very involved and potentially frustrating endeavor these days if you begin to dig deeper into food matters.  A few days ago, after I had labored over a tedious-to-make homemade version of a famous Italian chocolate hazelnut spread, which involved soaking hazelnuts for several hours and melting cocoa butter over a low flame, my 14-year-old son tasted the result, rolled his eyes, and said “Can’t you just buy the real stuff?”  And when my 10-year-old daughter asked whether we could have pizza on Friday night, I replied “Sure, I can make pizza on Friday night.”  She, too, rolled her eyes in despair and replied “No, I mean, can we buy it?”

“If we could come to see food as our ally in building and maintaining an energetic and strong body, food that not only sustains us but nourishes the soul, food as celebration, food as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, then we’d be onto something, and participants in the foodie movement have already done so.”

“It matters what and how you eat.  Food is not just food.  Its quality matters a tremendous lot.  Buying fresh and organics, avoiding feedlot meat and processed foods, and cooking from scratch are neither too expensive nor too time consuming when considering the question from the insurance perspective – health insurance for your body, and health insurance for the environment.  The how-to part is about appreciating and savoring your food by sitting down to regular shared meals, to actually appreciate and savor the food.  This is the part that feeds the soul.”