Food is so much more than the sum of its parts. Yes – what we eat gives us the energy and nutrients that we need to live a physically healthy life. But I truly believe that food is not only a way to nourish the body, but the mind and soul too. Hence, the title of this entire blog – Joyfuel Eats – food to fuel a life that brings you joy in every aspect!
Although it may surprise you, as a future nutrition professional I don’t like to define food as “healthy” or “unhealthy“. For each individual person, eating “healthy” can mean something entirely different depending on their needs. Nutrition is way too individual to prescribe a “one-size-fits-all” diet to everyone. Further, what we choose to eat is influenced by so many things – our experiences with food growing up, what we like and dislike, our cooking abilities, budgets and so much more. How could we ever all be satisfied eating the exact same way?
While my personal beliefs for eating well continue to change with my experiences throughout life, my main focus is always that of balance. Currently, that includes trying to cook for myself as often as possible with whole food ingredients, not only for health but because I genuinely enjoy spending time in the kitchen and exploring new recipes. Likewise, I like to purchase seasonal local produce because it tastes amazing, it supports the local economy and is often cheaper too!
But let’s be real – you’ll also find packaged foods in my cupboards. Especially as a busy student, there are times when these foods offer the extra convenience or indulgence I’m after. You’d be hard pressed to find me refusing a peanut butter cup or a glass of red wine (as I said – balance is key!). Overall, I genuinely like to eat this way because I know it makes me feel good, both mentally and physically.
Your eating habits might look different to mine, and that’s okay! I feel strongly about eating in a way that is realistic and feels authentic to your lifestyle. To me, this is key for eating in a way that you can (happily!) maintain throughout your life.
From here on out, this is the approach to food that I plan on carrying throughout the rest of the blog, and what I hope you will come to love and appreciate about this space.
What’s your food philosophy?