Eat to live or live to eat? That is the question.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) knew the answer, and you probably do too. When we “diet” it is often with the sense of deprivation, of going without. Some have physical conditions that require a unique approach to food.
Gus’s reason for following a strict gluten-free diet was to grow, to be as tall as his brothers.
My friend Susan, a painter and amateur musician, has chronic ringing in her ears. She can’t imagine adopting a suggested dairy-free diet. I encouraged her to think of it as “eating to sing.”
Whether we want to grow, fight disease, sing, or be more fit, we can think about our dietary decisions as a gift we give ourselves. Experiment – it may only take a week or two to find out you have more energy, your sense of smell is enhanced, or you can breath more easily. Eat to live; eat to be your best self.