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Food or fuel?

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

Food or fuel?

When it comes to nutrition, I tend to think that it is important to talk about the pleasure of food over its nutritional value.

For many people in the world today eating a decent diet can be seen as a privilege and eating at all is simply part of the process of survival. For others, however, and particularly in the West, it is relatively easy to access a wide variety of foodstuffs.

So when it comes to the (very popular) topic of nutritional advice, I always start from this fundamental point and then ask people to consider their own relationship to food.

Personally, I think it is easier to appreciate the value and the power of food in all our lives if you develop a genuine sense of curiosity as to what is potentially on the menu. This is because it is always more interesting to cook what we eat, to work out what we are going to cook, or to watch cooking demonstrations online or on television as part of the journey to enjoying what we eat.

After all, we are not machines, but reasoning and sensitive individuals, and the food that we eat is more than simply body fuel.

It is more than that to me, anyway.

Indeed, even the very vocabulary that we use to describe the food we eat tells us a lot of about the way we feel about it (and was it not Francois Mauriac who said, “T