Thinking Outside The Box: A Food Philosophy


Food Philosophy – everyone has one, even if it is “Eat everything, no questioned asked” to the “Raw, vegan, grown myself”.

Food Philosophy – everyone has one, even if it is “Eat everything, no questioned asked” to the “Raw, vegan, grown myself”. Your food philosophy defines how and what you eat and can play a huge role in your long term health if it’s not health promoting.

Your food philosophy defines how and what you eat and can play a huge role in your long term health if it’s not health promoting.Your food philosophy defines how and what you eat and can play a huge role in your long term health if it’s not health promoting.


Each decision we make is a sum of the experiences and ideologies we are exposed to in our lives. With this in mind, my personal food philosophy is summarized as follows, “Eat outside the box”. The intention of this simple philosophy is threefold:

  1. Eliminate excess food packaging, whether is it a box, bag, can, or wrapper. By doing so, you will cut down on your intake of processed foods and reduce your environmental footprint for future generations. Opt for recyclable and reusable containers for food storage.

  2. Eliminate foods from big-box stores. By purchasing food from local farmers, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), or by growing/raising your own produce/animal products, you will have a say in the quality, sustainability, variety, and freshness of your foods, while supporting your neighbours and local economy.

  3. Think outside the box. There is more to eating than the Standard American Diet (S.A.D., which it truly is)! The internet allows us to learn from numerous cultures, discover foods and cooking methods that they use, and how we can incorporate them into our own lives. By thinking outside the box, we also break out of the bonds set by marketing moguls at corporate America, and their ideologies of what “healthy eating” is. Liz Wolfe brings attention to this in her book “Eat the Yolks”, stating how even nutrition experts have been greatly misled, “Even dieticians are forced to endure a corporate-sponsored education: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics… lists Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg Company, SOYJOY, and other large processed-food conglomerates as major donors”. If the traditional nutrition experts are being misled, you must look outside the box for unbiased truth.

If we apply this philosophy to our lives, each food choice we make will create an environment for sustainable, marketing-free, optimal health. W

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