Food plays a major role in our lives physically, psychologically, socially. For some people, food is simple and basic to sheer survival and it becomes a challenge just to have a daily meal. When you have the opportunity, remember your local food bank.
When we do have the means and opportunity to enjoy the incredible variety and to appreciate the wonderful artistic and historical aspects of food, it's a true delight. But, regardless of what we think about food within our own personal food culture, we should never lose sight of the fact that food is fuel and that, as a machine, nutrition and physiology are quietly at work regulating our physical well being. Because good nutrition and what many of us consider to be good food can, in fact, be too very polarized ideas, it's good to have a little basic understanding of what metabolism is and why it should be a key factor in our personal food culture.
When Roland and I met, I was one of those people who opened the box or can and warmed up the family meal. After our marriage in 2005, I truely began to appreciate what food is really about, not only that it can taste very good, and be nutritious, but that it can be a celebration of who you are and the people that you share it with.