Food For Thought by Robin Trimingham
"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are." Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
We have all heard the expression "you are what you eat" how often do you stop to consider what this expression really means in today's fast paced ready-made drive thru society?
In the most simplistic terms, a person who eats vegetables is a vegetarian; a person who eats meat is a carnivore; a person who only eats fish is a pescetarian, a person who eats a diet of nuts and fruit is a fruitarian; a person who only eats junk food is a ... is a ... hmm.
Did you know that there does not appear to be a term or a definition for this, which seems completely illogical considering that the number of people who would fall into this category has reached epidemic proportions in the western world?
I know, let's make one up.
First, the term itself: trashitarian, junkaholic (regrettably already in use to define a person who accumulates junk), junkfoodian, trashaholic (also taken), fastfoodian.
I'm going with "junkfoodian" which apparently is already the name of an iPhone game but oddly perfect as they define a junkfoodian as:
"a special alien species that heavily consume carb, grease and fat to survive. To promote healthy cell function, their body converts triglyceride, a main constituent of oil and fat into various organic compounds and sugar to build muscle. In contrast to human being, vegetables and fruit are not part of the Junkfoodian's healthy diet."
I think that sums it up rather well to be honest.
But what about the other extreme - people who are so obsessed with nutrition that they are dismissing regular food in favour of rare expensive ingredients such as gogi berries, almond butter, chia seeds, cockroach milk, and protein powder and unable to cook any recipe that is not accompanied by nine photographs on Pinterest?
Are these people members of a super race of beings, or simply an overindulged generation of millennials who seem incapable of eating anything not served to them in Tupperware and think nothing of spending $10-15 per week on avocados?
What ever happened to eating simple wholesome meals made from unprocessed ingredients (without additives, preservatives and or unnecessary chemicals) such as water, oatmeal, homemade bread, chicken, root vegetables and fresh berries?
Is it possible that eating this simple diet over a period of time would drain the accumulated toxins from your body and the optimal nutrition it instead provided would enhance the function of your cells making you healthier, happier and dare I say it - wholesome?
That's food for thought if you ask me.
By Robin Trimingham