The food philosophy I have today – whether it’s related to eating or cooking – has definitely changed through the years. Life is a journey and evolution is part of life. The thoughts and beliefs I have today are very different than what I had many years ago and come from everything I have learned and experienced. Let me share with you briefly.
I don’t believe in diets but healthy eating – food that is whole, fresh, local, and seasonal and, preferably, organic and sustainable. We have everything on Earth to nourish, protect, and heal ourselves naturally. One of the greatest ways to remain healthy, in my opinion, is to eat foods that are found in their natural form. This means food that Mother Nature provides for us – meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, herbs, spices, fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy oils and fats. The quality of the food is also very important, especially in today’s world. Therefore, some of the foods we eat now are best when purchased as organic.
I believe it’s also very important to learn to listen to our bodies instead of following the new trend or diet. Although diets can be great if a specific goal needs to be reached in a short amount of time or if a specific health condition needs to be addressed, I think it’s best to consume real foods, eat until satiety is achieved, and eat according to what our bodies need. I believe in bio-individuality – I believe that there is no one-size-fits-all diet as each person is unique and has different nutritional needs, according to gender, age, size, health, constitution, lifestyle, and ancestry. The goal, in my opinion, is to find what works for each one of us.
I’m a big advocate for healthy eating, but I also believe it’s important to enjoy life. Life is not only about food, restraint, and control but also about fun, noteworthy experiences, and making memories. It’s important to be able to go out with family or friends and enjoy that special dinner, birthday party, holiday, or vacation. It’s healthy as well – just in a different way. Balance and moderation are the keys. We should be able to enjoy those special moments in our life without stress or guilt. We don’t only feed our body but our mind and soul as well.
Lastly, our thoughts and feelings affect our health. It’s important to be grateful for the food we have – no matter what kind of food it is. When we practice having positive thoughts, it affects our health positively. We have so much to be grateful for, and we live in a world of abundance. We can’t control everything but we can control the way we think. I believe that if we can learn to find beauty in every situation of life and be more at peace within, it’s another beautiful way to remain healthy.
I believe the best kind of cooking is homemade cooking – meals that are freshly made at home with real ingredients and made by yourself or someone who loves and cares about you. I believe it’s what’s the most nutritious to the body, and the most nourishing to the mind and soul.
Cooking at home is also a superb way to have control of the quality and quantity of the ingredients, flavors, food preferences, food intolerances and allergies, portion sizes, and food safety. It’s also a terrific way to improve your cooking skills and a beautiful way to bond with your family and build healthy eating habits. Home-cooked meals are also known to make children healthier and happier.
I love cooking with fresh wholesome foods and incorporate herbs, spices, and superfoods in my cooking. I also try to avoid common allergens, such as gluten, dairy, corn, and soy – unless the ingredients are as close to their natural state as possible. I cook with unrefined oils and fats and I use salt in my cooking. I simply emphasize on high-quality, unrefined ingredients.
Although knowing how to cook is a wonderful skill to have, you don’t need to be a chef or even be very talented to cook healthy meals. Keep it simple – there is a true beauty in simplicity. By keeping your meals simple and using fresh ingredients, you will have flavorful and delicious food naturally.