My relationship with food.
Changing attitudes towards food.
If there's a subject guaranteed to get voices raised, egos ballooning and opinions stated as 'hard fact', it's food and eating. I've had a rocky relationship with food since I was really young. It's not perfect now, but my balance keeps changing and I'm increasingly ok with that.
As I get older, there's loads of things that I've decided I'm not ok with. I don't think I'll go into them too much in this blog, I'd much rather write recipes and create a platform for enjoying food. But I'd like to have them here, even if nobody ever reads them. Maybe they'll be a cool thing to look over in twenty years when the 'food landscape' of the world looks a lot different.
1. There's that expression people get, when talking about an eating disorder. Without directly saying or even implying it, there's an undercurrent in human group mentality of hostility towards this kind of disease. As though it's the victim's fault. I have a problem with this.
2. Humans really love to categorise. I'm gonna go ahead and say it's the root of all evil. Putting things in groups is really fun, and it also creates barriers between people that don't need to exist. Everyone does it. But one 'dietary habit' characteristic firstly does not define a person, and secondly definitely is not the 'cause of a problem' for the greater species. If everyone on the planet chooses to be vegan, or go gluten free, it will change the food landscape. Some parts will be better, and some will be worse. Unfortunately, lots of people love to dive right into these arguments with more opinion than actual fact. I'd suggest:
A New Green History of the World by Clive Ponting
and Maaemo (Esben Holmboe Bang) as an example of a closed-ecosystem, sustainable method of producing food.
3. I love it when I find something that works for me. I want to tell absolutely everyone about it, and often struggle to understand why people wouldn't want to try. As I get older, I've started to realise that firstly, food is directly linked to my brain. If I feel good eating something, that 'feel good' often has a positive effect on me physically. In some ways in opposition, 'feel should' doesn't work for me at the moment. So secondly, everyone functions differently. Some people thrive on 'should'. Some people need a 'feel good'. If you're eating a chemically optimised diet that meets all your physical needs, but you're fucking miserable, it's not doing its job. Obviously you'd rather not sway the other way. We have an ill-defined fear of eating too much of a good thing. But I think it sort of backs up my point: if you're unhealthy, that doesn't feel good. You're probably not eating the right stuff.
So I'd like this section to be a celebration of all the different ways we can reach optimal health. Obviously it's going to be biased towards my experiences, because I'm writing it; but I'd like to try and share new stuff along the way. I hope it's informative; I hope more that it reaches someone like fifteen year old me, who really needed to hear a lot of this!
I hope everyone (if anyone) enjoys, my journey through food x