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Let food be thy medicine

26 May 2014, 07:41
I love food. Its sourcing, preparation and ways of amalgamation fill my thoughts for most of the day and I drive myself to fits of salivation imagining the combinations of flavours . Less is always better  - 3 or 4 ingredients make the best meals.  Ingredients as unaltered as possible, simply cooked (or not cooked) with the true taste of each component being discernible is the only way for me.

Lunch today was typical.

Smoked sailfish and avocado with grinds of black pepper and capers accompanied by a dollop a spicy hot golden apple chutney. Simple to prepare and completely yummy on the palate - i have long given up on slicing the fish as thin as possible instead opting for a chunky wedge type approach. The combination of salty fish, creamy avo and fruity heat of the chutney makes for true taste-bud delight.

 As a sweet treat for afters i scooped a few passion fruit into freshly squeezed tropical orange juice with a splodge of local honey. An intensely aromatic concoction with a depth of flavour that makes you go hmmm..... The honey is from the jungles of Mahe and is darker and more densely flavoured than any bee-joy i have savoured before. It crossed my mind that a splash of rum could be the way to go - i will give this idea my full attention on my next day off.

When i look at foodstuffs its as though i see beyond the matter on the plate, instead what i perceive is the goodness each component has to offer my body. It almost feels like my body chooses what i eat and not my will. Of course sometimes my will chooses for me and sometimes chooses badly. I was at a harbour the other day and "therefore" decided to have fish and chips - its was horrible. Each mouthful felt like i was absorbing "anti-nourishment" and i left most of what i ordered. I paid good money for that disappointment and beat myself up for a little while for being so weak to knowingly order such a deep fried mess of a meal. 

Don't get me wrong - fried fresh fish with real potatoes done the same way has a special place in my belly but what i object to is the apathy with which most restaurants serve their fare and even worse the apathy on the part of the consumer who couldn't be bothered to imagine how much better food can be. "Serve shit, eat shit" is not the way to celebrate the sublime goodness that is easily within reach of our appetites.

I am all for convenience and i understand the perception that it seems cheaper to eat fast food but i believe us humans have been conditioned to become addicts of highly processed, sugar rich and benefit deficient foods. It shouldn't take much thought and research to realise that the rise of ill health and dis-ease in modern day living is, in large part, is due to our apathy about what we choose to use a fuel.

It been almost a year now since i adopted a whole food plant based diet and the thrill of eating things that should give me a few more years to enjoy life hasn't abated. I have lost just over 20kgs in that time,even though I still enjoy the odd animal based supplement to my diet as well a "less is better" approach to booze. Long walks, almost daily, have also played a part my contentment.

Each to his own and all but if you really care about yourself it shouldn't be hard to understand that you are what you eat. As with most things in life we need to critical, sceptical and mindful of norms that we are led to believe are true. 
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