During a recent interview with ESSENCE, actress Jada Pinkett Smith admitted that while she does have some guilty pleasures when it comes to food (namely, pizza and French fries), she mostly eats for nutrition and not for pleasure.
(Soon after, she tweeted a picture of her rockin’ bikini-clad body, which leads us to believe she might be on to something.)
My real diet though, well, I don’t eat for pleasure. I probably had the only West Indian grandmother that could not cook. [Laughs] She was an awful cook, and she taught me that you don’t eat for taste, you eat for nourishment. And I have kept that over the years, so I can eat anything that’s healthy. I eat for my schedule so I have to eat high-protein, lots of greens and healthy carbs so that I don’t fall flat on my face.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what she said – well, mostly, eating for nourishment vs. eating for pleasure – and even blogged about it over at Your Body, Your Mind. I think the reason I’ve thought so much about it is that it bothers me a little bit.
I don’t agree with her grandma’s idea that you don’t eat for taste, you eat for nourishment, but at the same time I understand the importance of eating for nourishment over pleasure.
(Hmm…does that make sense?!)
Overall, I think we can find a balance between eating for nourishment and eating for pleasure without overdoing either one. Going even further, I think it’s important to find a balance between the two. Leaning to far over on the side of nourishment could lead to overindulgent rebellion, just as leaning to far over on the side of pleasure could lead to obesity and other food- and weight-related health issues.
What say you, readers? Do you eat more for nourishment or for pleasure? Or, is it a mix of both?
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Last reviewed: 14 Aug 2012