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.