Do you live to eat or eat to live? Do you have a complicated relationship with food? Read this article to find out more about food.

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Do we live to eat or eat to live? That is the question.

I remember as a child growing up in Britain having fish and chips or baked beans on toast at least twice a week on my lap while watching my favourite cartoon. Of course I enjoyed my food but it wasn’t something I often talked about. Now, I’m not blaming my culture for my lack of interest in food at an early age. Perhaps my silence was due to the fact that I didn’t know anything about food. How many children know that prawns only turn pink when they are cooked and that tuna does not come from a can? Now after having lived in Southern Europe, Asia and Australia I find myself talking about food all the time. The world has seduced my taste buds and opened my mouth.

Food that’s plain and simple is often the best but not always so. For many of us food is a need. For others, food is a friend. Yet to some others food is an enemy. Cravings grip us at all the wrong times while we struggle to follow a strict diet that turned all our favourite desserts into mortal sins. There are others who regard food as an investment. To them, food has some kind of special powers that can control their lives, for better or for worse. If that’s the case, it’s time to change and make food work for us.

Let’s start by using food the way you would use a pencil or a pair of scissors. We begin using food as a tool. Like tools, some food works well for some tasks and some is specially designed to accomplish others.

Let’s say you’re feeling down. You had a tough day or a tiff with a best friend that drove you round the bend. You decide to treat yourself to a bar of chocolate –nothing like chocolate to perk you up. Unfortunately you’re setting yourself up for a higher dose of the blues. That’s because chocolate bars have a hefty amount of fat and sugar – which takes a long time to digest and can draw energy away from your brain – and caffeine which will temporarily boost your mood and alertness but send you crashing back down as soon as its effect starts to wear off.

Does this mean snacking is a bad idea when you’re feeling down? Not at all. You just have to do it wisely. In place of a chocolate bar, have a slice of toast with chunky marmalade. Then instead of fat and caffeine you’ve just given yourself a dose of vitamin C that has been shown to fight depression. In addition, marmalade is loaded with the type of sugar that spurs the release of mood-lifting chemicals in the brain.

In fact you can manage your mood and boost your brainpower, metabolism, even your sex life, by eating the right food. Whatever your goals, you can custom-design a diet to help you meet them. Here’s how taking control of your food can help you take control of your life.

The next time you have an important meeting that requires mental processing, try some brain processing food that looks like this: tuna salad on whole wheat bread, green salad with tomatoes, a handful of nuts, bananas, a glass of skimmed milk. Tuna, bananas, nuts and whole wheat bread are high in vitamin B6, which has been scientifically proven to help preserve cognitive skills. Protein-rich food contains a nutrient called Tyrosine, which studies have shown, are linked to clear thinking and alertness. Greens such as broccoli and spinach naturally contain loads of vitamins and iron. Lack of these nutrients can lead to fatigue and difficulty in concentrating.

Having said all that, let’s not be too stressed about what we eat. Many scientists these days believe that indulging in life’s little pleasures may actually help improve your health because of the psychological lift it gives you. There is a lot of truth in the old saying that ‘a little of what you fancy does you good’.




good article

Hi everyone!

It is a really difficult question. I usually try to control the type of food I eat. I try to eat healthfully, but sometimes when I am sad I need to eat sweet food. I really like cookies, cakes... and I would like to eat them all days. But I know that it is a problem, almost I easily get fat with this tipe of food, so I need to crontol myself.
For this reason, it is usually difficult to me to eat healthfully. When I see a desert in front of me, I need to concentrate and said to myself, "Do no eat it, you should no eat it", but it is no always posible.

I will have to live with this struggle to stay fit...

Filos, I sympathize with you in your sorrow. I also have a sweet tooth:) Try to replace sweet food by vegan sweets that are made of different combinations of dried fruits etc. And you can bake some healthy cakes without sure:)

Sincerly I eat to live, for me is not a question! On the other hand I'm passionate about cooking and food. I think that the trips have improved my knowledge about the food, but that Italy is the country where, in my opinion, the food is superb!

This article taught me again that what I knew was that I knew nothing.

it is a good artical ..
in my opinion food is a basic element of life and human or living organisms can not live without food example :a poor countries see alrge spread in the disease and the cause of that hunger and malnutrition. The bases of the secret of success in life is to eat what you love and make food wrestle in the stomach and also the presence of food for me psychological comfort..

What kind of diet should I follow? I've found this is a really hard question. 'Cos literally nobody completely understand what effects the diets have on you. If I was from the caveman era, then things'd be much simpler. I eat, I full, then everything is rainbow and unicorn.

However things are different nowadays. If I followed my gut feeling and ate whatever I liked, I probably would break down under the tremendous pressure before long. My family would be so worried about me. They probably would say 'you're killing yourself by eating like that.' It is immoral for someone to eat away and leave the loved ones deeply worried. People will think I am a outsider who don't think what they think. If I developed some health problem, it would be completely blamed on my bad unhealthy eating habit. So I'd better eat healthy and keep slim.

However, who can tell me what is a healthy diet? The dietitians are fighting with each other. If you don't believe me, check what is on the media about the recently released the National Dietary Guidelines.

In spite of the fact that we don't entirely sure the effect of food on our physical health, now we are also shoveled into the realm of food and mental health. All of these made me feel it is too complicated and doubt whether we are getting these all wrong.

Someone just pointed out, not long ago, when people didn't have enough food, there were less diabetes, less cardiac diseases, less cancers. So they say that modern citizens control your appetite and eat half full. Ooh, my eyes will be full of desire and my face will turn green if I really starve myself as they said.

So I guess I don't know the answer to this question.

Every time , I treat my food as friends,because they will support me with nutrition.

I killed two birds with one stone I learned many crucial points about food and the importance of its preserving that how impacts on our daily life while I'm reading these magazines only in order to improve my English writting.

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