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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Food and a New Philosophy

AFruit stall in a market in Barcelona, Spain.  
I’ve always had a problem with food!  

Most of my family have had connections with the land in the past.  

Unfortunately my physique, and my taste in food, seems very much more suited to hard physical labour in all weathers in the great outdoors, rather than the sedentary existence I lead now.

Even when I am racing around Central London going to meetings, I don’t seem to use up the energy my appetite seems to want me to consume. 

My rather gentle approach to exercise doesn’t help.  It really should be a lot more than walking to the station a few times a week.

So I’ve made a decision.

I am going to develop a philosophy of eating that treats it almost as meditation.  

In future I shall take much more time to relish what I eat.  I shall work towards having as varied as diet as possible.  And each thing I eat will be the object of my contemplation.  I shall think in detail about what it is and where it comes from.  I shall honour those who have grown or raised it and those who have prepared it.  I shall think about what it brings me and the sacrifice that has been made in the bringing. Then I shall truly relish eating it 

I shall try to make my diet as fresh and natural as possible.  

Generally, I shall avoid animal fat, salt and sugar because the harmful effects of those constituents are so well established. 

I shall look for more colourful food (natural colour of course) and new textures.  

I shall try to make eating and sharing my food with friends and family, generally a more exciting experience.  

And I shall just try to eat less of it!


I’m not guaranteeing that I shall never break out and consume the odd cream cake; but my word when I do, I make sure I enjoy the experience.


Anyway, I’ll let you know how I get on.  And if you have any tips to help me, I shall be very grateful to receive them. 

If you would like to join me that would be great.  I am sure we will feel happier for feeling fitter!