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JULY 30TH 2012 

Do you choose what you eat?

That seems like a strange question, but it’s not as weird as you think.  According to a recent study out of Cornell University, people estimate they make 15 food and drink choices a day, while the actual number is 200. So who is making the other 185 choices?

Habit — with an assist from circumstance. So says Dr. Brian Wansink is his new book “Mindless eating”: http://mindlesseating.org/

Here’s the issue. Habit doesn’t make informed choices, and circumstance rarely helps. We eat too much, and too much of the wrong food. While nobody could be expected to take the time to truly analyze 200 daily food choices, surely we can do better than thinking about less than 10% of them.

Why should we? Well, for starters, it’s a smart way to better health. Add to that the health of everybody touched by the chain that brought us the food, starting with the people who grew it. Our collective choices can determine what kind of life those farmers live and how much water and energy is used in growing the food and getting it to us.

So how do we do better? First, we should be more mindful, broadly speaking, about the choices we’re making. And we should consider this question: Are they a reflection of my values?

If you need more motivation, use this simple set of guidelines at right to spur you on!

Bon appetit.



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