My Food Philosophy
These are the things that I feel passionately about when it comes to food and cooking. You may not agree with all of them, and that’s ok. What matters is that you start asking yourself what food values you have. What are the things that are important to you when it comes to food and cooking. For some of us, this may be something we’ve never thought about. My hope is that this list sparks your own thinking about what your food philosophy is.
COOK WITH AN INTENTION
Before I make anything for my kids, my friends or myself I always start by asking myself the same question, what is my purpose with this. Is it to nourish them, to share something special, to give them a treat. Start there, with that simple question. What are trying to express with food? When you move from a place of intention, in the kitchen or out, your decisions of what to do next become very clear.
MOVE WITH PURPOSE
My old chef at spiaggia used to say “move with purpose” and it always stuck with me, in and out of the kitchen. As you’re moving, chopping, mixing, searing – move with purpose. Pay attention. When you move with purpose, cooking simplifies itself.
EAT MORE PLANTS, LESS ANIMALS
I became a vegetarian almost a year ago, for many reasons. However the rest of my family isn’t. However one thing is the same, regardless of vegetarian or carnivore, in our home meat (and other animal products) are treated as a luxury, a treat. I feel strongly that all beings on this planet should be free from suffering, and that value doesn’t change when it comes to food on my plate.
CHOOSE ORGANIC WHENEVER YOU CAN
Thankfully this is something that so many of us are already educated on. However I know this can still be a struggle for a lot of us, whether it’s because of availability or price. So just do the best you can, when you can.
KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM
Be mindful as you’re maneuvering through the grocery store. Pay attention to the labels and information on the packets of things you buy. Where did it come from, how was it raised, how has this product been handled? Ask questions. Now more than ever, we need to be mindful and educated consumers, especially with our food.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
You’ll be amazed as to how much abundance is right at your fingertips in your own community. This goes for all of us, regardless of where you live. You just have to open yourself up to new options, new ways of shopping. Farmers markets, local backers, butchers, farms, get to know these places. Remember ever dollar you spend is a dollar to support either an independent business or a larger corporation.
FILL YOUR HOME WITH REAL FOOD
There is food, and then there are “food products”. The things that nourish our bodies the most, are things that have to be cooked, not things that only have to be opened. Fill your home with things that will nourish you. You’ll be amazed a how differently you feel by only making that small change.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, EAT WHAT IT NEEDS
I don’t believe in “dieting”, but I do believe in listening to my body. At times that means enjoying a slice of cake, or other times it means that I take a break from sweets and only eat clean. Your body has a unique way of knowing what it needs. Listen. You don’t need a book or fad diet to tell you what is best for you. The answers are already with you, you just have to pay attention.
CREATE A BALANCE
As with everything else in your life – find a happy balance that works for you. This will look differently for all of us. It’s not a one size fits all. Ask yourself what could I add a little more of, and what could I have a little less of. Find a sweet spot that works for you.
COOK WHENEVER YOU CAN
There will always be options for faster and easier ways to put food on our table, and sometimes we need those things. I’ve definitely relied on frozen meals for my family before, and I have no shame in saying that. But when you can (and only you know that), cook. Choose to make whatever it is, instead of buying it. You’ll almost always be glad you did.