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In Appreciation of Food

August 21, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian

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My parents recently went on a vacation with some friends. These friends are self-proclaimed “foodies” and so my parents were excited to see what kind of restaurants they picked out and what they ordered. They wondered if perhaps they should expect a scene from “When Harry Met Sally” when Sally deconstructs her meal and orders it exactly the way she likes it.

My parents were disappointed. Instead of having discussions about the combination and type of ingredients used, or the flavours, textures and presentation of the food, their friends found fault with almost everything that was served. Meals were picked apart to the point that the true enjoyment of eating all but vanished.

The term “foodie” has been thrown around a lot in the past few years. While the term obviously means many things to many people, most people agree that a foodie is someone who loves food. This was what was so puzzling to my parents: how had their friends gone from a place of true enjoyment of food and eating to a place where none of it seemed good enough?

My parents’ experience struck a chord with me and caused me to reflect on the power of the enjoyment of food. Simply enjoying a food in its most basic form, like the creaminess of an avocado, or the sweetness of a fresh raspberry, could be considered foodie territory. It doesn’t have to be complicated. But taking pleasure in what you eat is an important part of healthy eating. Not every food will be a ‘When Harry Met Sally’ diner moment (I really like that movie), but if we enjoy the simple foods that provide our body with important nutrients, it’s easier to continue to make healthy choices.

To me, foodies don’t have to be great cooks and they don’t have to be highly educated in the area of food. They just have to like and appreciate food. That’s it. Where’s the foodie in you?


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