Enjoy food more and better

A problem from several points of view

The normal diet, which has become more and more popular around the world since the end of the war, has in principle only disadvantages:

  • Above all, the inflationary consumption of meat puts a strain on the environment.

  • Food of all kinds must always be available, which has led to problematic globalization in various ways.

  • As a result, many foods are inferior in quality and taste. They therefore deprive us of true enjoyment.

  • Much of what ends up in our dishes is high in terms of practicality and therefore full of uncontrollable ingredients.

  • In general, our inflationary consumption has ensured that there is a lot in all of our food that does not belong to it, such as antibiotics in meat or various chemical food additives.

  • Since such cheap food is so cheap, we tend to buy too much and throw too much away due to the low price and the same appreciation, with all the associated consequences reinforcing the problems mentioned once again.

Indeed, as consumers, we are partly responsible for all the problems caused by modern diets. We ensure that poor quality food is produced in large quantities, thus polluting the environment and making ourselves sick. And everything, absolutely everything can be remedied by learning to appreciate food again

1. Celebrate every meal

Each snack costs money. Money you had to work hard for. For a pound of coffee, for example, you have to work almost half an hour. While significantly cheaper than the 1960 purchasing power ratio, it’s still not free.

Our problem: today we eat too much food aside. At the computer, in front of the TV, with the cell phone in hand. Eating like this not only makes you overweight, but also almost unconscious consumption.

  • Consciously eat each meal without distractions. Preferably at the table set in the kitchen or in the dining room and at most talking with others.

  • Take every opportunity to consume food and drinks from high quality tableware. Because even the most luxurious food looks less valuable on cardboard and plastic. Use wonderful Portuguese tableware, always pour drinks into beautiful glasses and mugs instead of consuming them straight from bottles and cans. And not just put the pots and plastic containers on the table, but transfer them to nice bowls and serving plates – the more full the dishwasher is, the more environmentally friendly and cheaper it will eventually be.

  • Take your time and chew each bite at least 15 times – the often recommended threshold of 30 or even 50 chewing cycles causes an extremely unpleasant mush in the mouth for many and also allows the food to cool on the plate.

You should plan at least one meal a day this way if everyday life leaves no room for anything else. Ideally the most important meal for your daily rhythm. This restores a festive character to food and thus the most important basis for true appreciation.

2. Buy as seasonally and regionally as possible

You probably know how dramatic the taste difference is between a watery greenhouse tomato and one you bought from the farm shop at harvest time in Germany. This impression also plays an important role in perception.

Due to the constant availability of practically all types of food, we have completely forgotten how to crave it. Our need can always be satisfied – this leads to less appreciation in any constellation, even beyond food.

If, on the other hand, you only buy groceries during their natural harvesting season and then perhaps also make sure you choose mainly delicacies from your region, you are killing two birds with one stone, because the extreme quantities of CO₂ for transport are eliminated without replacement. at least for you.

3. If possible, get at least one food (as a test) all by yourself

Since industrialization, there have been fewer and fewer people producing at least some of their food on their own and as a sideline. Even in rural areas, hardly anyone does this anymore, at least not in our Western world.

As a result, the interaction between food production has become abstract for many. Many people no longer even know what it means to work even for a farmer equipped with modern equipment, so much so that even a single loaf can lie on our table.

The same goes for food as hardly anyone can appreciate, for example, a sculpted figure if they have never had to cut out such shapes from a piece of wood: anyone who has never had to complete all the steps from plant to plate is detached.

In this regard, you can only get started.

  • Get a cream that contains at least 30% fat. Fill it in a sealable container and shake it until the buttermilk and butter separate. Wash and mix the butter in cold water.

  • At the next stage you can buy tomato seeds (not ready-made plants) and grow them on the balcony. When the tomatoes are ripe, look for a recipe that includes tomatoes or use red treats to make your own ketchup. The latter in particular shows how valuable a bottle of this sauce is with its fatigue and low yield.

  • And if you want more, you can get whole grains from the farmer and grind them yourself (without power tools) – a tiring undertaking. Also, you make a sourdough and bake bread from it.

There is no point in making yourself self-reliant. But you should take every opportunity to realize how much effort even the simplest food can take to produce. Anyone who understands this usually automatically learns to show more respect and appreciation for everything.

4. Consistently don’t waste anything

Suppose you are painting oil paintings. After completing a painting, would you throw away the entire tube that wasn’t completely empty? Most likely not, it would be a waste.

The only question is why so many people do this to food. After all, this “buy too much and throw away the leftovers” mentality is a major cause of food waste.

Of course, it would be best if you only purchase what you are guaranteed to use directly. However, this is often not possible in our modern life and, compared to larger packs, it is also a much more expensive procedure, aside from the need to buy more frequently.

However, you should definitely get used to two things:

  1. Before you go shopping, plan for a reasonable and timely use of all the food you receive.

  2. Freeze the food, get a canning machine (and jars) and maybe a vacuum packer. Also, be creative when cooking leftovers. They really want to use everything until the last bite.

And if you want to do it completely consistently, throw only the inedible leftovers in the organic waste bin, so it’s guaranteed that they’ll be composted or at least turned into biogas.

By the way, you should always plan carefully and keep an eye on expiration dates. Truly any food is too precious to simply be thrown away.

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