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Love What You Eat - My Food Philosophy

I have personal relationship with food. I am compelled to know how anything and everything I take in is prepared. It is for this reason that I usually cook my own food and dissect the menu carefully when I eat out. Having no known allergies and a tough tummy allows me to take on gastronomic adventures. But that said, I rarely go for fast food and street food. I usually eat at home, where I tend to experiment with recipes. I sometimes try to emulate the delicious treat I enjoyed from the restaurant. I particularly love the sensations involved with preparing a meal -  the bright colors, the aroma and the textures of different fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.

I can go cooking almost the whole day on weekends, especially when there are people to share it with. I grew up in a household where both my parents worked full time, but my mom always made it a point to cook dinner  from scratch everyday - just as her mom did. Up to now, my 86 year old grandma still cooks every single day. My dad pitches in by  grilling some fish or chops on the weekends.

I don’t know, but I think cooking and dining with family is essential to making everyone of them feel loved. My husband has warned me to exercise some restraint  with this since most of the time I am only cooking for two. When faced with week-long leftovers, I had to agree to cut back on the three course dinners.

Food has been good to me. Although I love to eat, my dress size has not changed since high school (I am turning 30 in a few weeks). I love food, so I believe food has loved me back.  I can’t miss a meal or even have a ‘light’ one. I already blacked out twice when I did not have a hearty breakfast. I treat myself at least 1 hour to enjoying a meal at least 3 times a day, even when I am dining alone.  At work, my hubby rarely remembers to eat, so I have to remind him almost everyday to give himself a lunch break or dinner when they need to pull an all-nighter. I think it worked, because lately he has been treating himself well and had less  tummy troubles.

As long as we live, we will need to eat. It is important to know what role you want food to take in your life. Do you want it to just keep you going as you go about your day? Do you want it to help keep you fit and healthy? Will the people dining with you enjoy it? I keep these questions in mind whenever I choose what to eat.

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