Don’t be a pill

Today this question came up in my WordPress feed:

If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

Um, no.  I love food way too much.  It’s interesting because I have a few friends who are, or have done a juice diet for weeks at a time.  They get pretty much all their vitamins and minerals through juices, but how boring.  I need crunch, heat and mixtures of flavors.  You can’t get that in a pill.

For me, food is more than just a source of nutrition — it’s comfort.  I eat pretty well – I avoid a lot of processed foods (excluding chocolate) and I can be a bit of a snob in terms of what I like and don’t like.  It’s also somewhat therapeutic to make your meals.  From chopping veggies to the smell of something savory – it’s an experience.

Not only that – even if you could get your nutrition completely in pill form, you lose the social experience of having a good meal.  Maybe it’s just my Italian background, but there’s something about sitting around a table with family and friends, enjoying a good meal with good company.

In conclusion, even if I could get my nutrition completely in pill format, I would still choose to slow down and enjoy my meals.


2 thoughts on “Don’t be a pill

  1. Robert Hernandez says:

    Hmm…my previous comment got eaten.

    What I said was, I love purposefully preparing food, from shopping to chopping, and mindfully eating it.

    I will add, though, that I juice every morning. There is nothing boring about my juices; the ingrediant selection and prep is quite clever, and the juices contain a wonderful bouquet of flavors (and nutrients).

    Anytime you’d like to try, get at me.

    Thanks for writing!

    • xtinakm says:

      Isn’t that annoying (re: comments getting lost)?

      There’s definitely more meaning to preparing your own food, and knowing what the ingredients are and where they came from. As much as possibly I try to only buy local, but it’s hard.

      I do love juicing — I used to juice daily but that’s gotten away from me. When I talk about juice diets, I mean those who juice for every single meal for weeks at a time. Juicing is great and one of the best ways to get vitamins, but to only juice and not have a solid meal? No way could I do that. I’m just not that disciplined.

      Thanks for commenting! If you have recipes, you are always welcome to share!

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