We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”, but how many of us have really given that phrase much thought?
People choose to employ a Personal Chef for many reasons. It may be there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do all of the menu planning, shopping and preparation required to place a meal on the table. Some are not physically able to do all the work and cleanup involved. For others it’s a choice. They could do what’s necessary but choose to gift themselves with the luxury of more time and less stress.
Unlike many Personal Chefs, I don’t design a menu plan for my clients unless requested. I allow them to choose whatever they want. I built my business on a menu complied mostly of Comfort Food. For many, Comfort Food is anything that brings to mind childhood memories and happier times. For others it’s food that makes them feel content and in control. Whatever your definition, Comfort Food doesn’t just taste good. It feels good!
I’ve noticed time and time again, those who employ me out of need often select foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates. Popular requests are Chicken & Dumplings, Buttermilk Biscuits and Smothered Pork Cops. Clients who hire me because they would rather not spend a large portion of their day in the kitchen, don’t want highly processed quickie dinners from the supermarket or dread the thought of one more restaurant meal often choose healthier items such as Pineapple Chicken, broth based soups and meat-free entrées.
This got me to wondering; does high stress kick into to overdrive a carb & fat craving or does it simply trigger the desire for food we enjoyed at happier times in our lives? Admit it, when you were a child, high on your list of favorite foods was probably mac & cheese, fried chicken nuggets and some sort of sweet treat such as cake or pie.
When we’re stress-free we are more open to trying new things and flavors. When you’re feeling energetic and excited about life aren’t you more apt to go for the healthy salad at lunch instead of the burger & fries? Now, I’m not a member of the medical profession, a researcher or behavior therapist but I can’t help but see the correlation.
If you are what you eat, do healthier meals = high energy, a positive mental attitude and self confidence while a diet consisting mainly of cheesy-puffs, burgers and donuts equates depression and poor physical health?
Maybe it’s not what you eat – but what’s eating at you.
All I know is what I see in myself. When I started a more “Clean Eating” diet, my whole attitude changed. I feel more energetic, have lost weight, lowered my cholesterol and blood sugar levels.