Why We Eat…

It should be fairly obvious that people eat food largely for taste. I doubt there is anyone that doesn’t enjoy sweet, salty, sour or spicy food at least sometimes. Unfortunately, the concept of eating food is incredibly complex, full of conflicting motives.

Those who establish taste as their primary motive for eating food are at several disadvantages from the get-go. Letting taste consume your food intake is a recipe (pun intended) for overeating. Which, over time leads to many health concerns including heart disease and diabetes.

On the flip side, if you don’t utilize the wonderful tastes of food, it can be a disadvantage as well. Think about the jubilantly wonderful feelings that the taste(s) of your favorite foods provide. Plain and simple: bitter, bland, boring or limited amounts of food will make anyone a BIG grouch.

So, what’s the key?

Find middle-ground.

If the tastes that make you so giddy with excitement also pack a caloric punch, then try some moderation. If you love pecan pie, no one says you have to eat the whole damn pie. Eat a smaller piece. Lastly, find flavors that you enjoy, but are also healthy. Use olive oil instead of butter, agave nectar or honey instead of refined sugar, eat fruit instead of candy, almond milk instead of milk, etc.

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