Foodie lessons

by Kim on March 5, 2013

There tends to be a lot of overlap between the people in the healthy living community (aka “health freaks”) and the self-proclaimed “foodies.”

Health freaks and Foodies

Have you ever thought about why that is?

Technically, a “foodie” is just someone who’s especially interested in the preparation and consumption of food. Foodies think about food a lot, they talk about food a lot, and they obviously eat food a lot. They watch certain TV shows and obsess over certain websites. Many of them make a living off of it, either in real life or in their dreams.

So why aren’t the foodies of the world also the people with the most weight/health problems? On the contrary, why are they often some of the most health-conscious people around?

I can think of at least one big reason.

Foodies savor their food.

They eat slowly. They notice how their food looks and smells before even considering how it tastes. They appreciate things like spice combinations and complimentary flavors. (<—To be clear, this diagram is way out of my league, but Google randomly led me to it and I thought it was cool.)

It’s not that foodies only eat healthy food. It’s not about what they eat, at all, but how they eat it. They pay attention, rather than just shoveling things in. They eat mindfully, rather than habitually or absently.

A foodie knows that an amazingly tasty food tastes progressively less amazing the more you eat of it (in one sitting). So they’ll eat the food, but they’ll also quit while they’re ahead. It’s a handy coincidence that some of the most decadent foods served at the fanciest restaurants come on teeny tiny plates.

taste curve (source – also an interesting article!)

And since foodies are usually paying pretty close attention to what’s going from plate to mouth, they’re at a much lower risk of falling into the overindulgence by distraction trap.

What does all this remind you of?

Sounds a lot like intuitive eating—aka the best way to keep your weight under control for life without really trying. In Intuitive Eating Land, no one cares about counting calories or ditching carbs or, well, doing anything so dang specific.

This approach to weight control feels natural and effortless, once you get the hang of it, because it’s based on common sense.

1. Eat slower.

2. Pay attention.

3. Savor your food.

Do you consider yourself a health freak, a foodie, both, or neither?

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Ashley Brown March 7, 2013 at 7:35 am

Due to hectic life schedule and due to rat race to earn bread for life and to earn more from other, people forget about food. They think that food is only to fill stomach and to get energy. Yes, being foodie all the time is not that good but we have to pay some attention on what we are eating and how we are eating. That’s why, savoring food is important. But don’t overeat while savoring.. :)

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Martha March 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I love this post! I think foodies have really been a driving force in the improvement of quality, healthy, unique ingredients being more readily available to everyone. It’s a really cool overlap, and I’m glad you pointed it out!
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Amy Hagerup March 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Loved your three final applications. I wrote a post about this myself – about mindful eating. Yes, we need to slow down and savor what we eat! Loved this. (But I am not a foodie.)
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Karey @ Nutty About Health March 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I consider myself a little bit of both… although, I do have more times than I care to admit where I can be a food shoveler. I enjoy pretty much all of the food I eat, but I like to eat a LOT. I’m also going to school to be a Dietician, so I guess that also puts me on the health side of it too. I really need to work on the savoring part of eating though, it’s a tough one for me.
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Jessica @ Prayers and Apples March 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

I think you’re right on: savoring food is key! I’m not a big ‘foodie’ just because I don’t get out there and explore new tastes that much… but I am the slowest eater I know! lol :)
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Kim March 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Not a bad trait to have at all! :)

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Laura@ Fit Running Mama March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

This is great! I love food and love to eat– I’m a believer of the 80/20 plan eat clean but I am always rushing and don’t savor my food– life is busy– I need to slow down more!
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Kim March 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Totally agree–it’s hard!!

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PickyRunner March 5, 2013 at 7:11 am

These are three big things I need to work on. I don’t really care about becoming a “foodie” necessarily but they are things I can do to have a more healthy relationship with food.
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Kim March 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I’m the same way. :)

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