Do you eat more for pleasure or nourishment?

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith recently told ESSENCE that although she does have a couple of guilty pleasures (think French fries and pizza – I think a lot of us can relate!), she eats more for nourishment than she does for pleasure.

(Which undoubtedly contributes to her smokin’ hot, nearly 41-year-old body she tweeted about last month, too.)

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.

So, again, how about you, readers? Do you eat more for pleasure or nourishment? Or, a mix or both?

For me, it’s a solid mix of both. Typically, I start my days eating super healthy foods, but by the time the evenings (or weekends) roll around, I cave a little and have a less-than-nutritious snack or indulge at dinner with friends or – well, you get the idea.

As you go through this week, make an effort to be mindful about eating for pleasure and eating for nourishment. Choose tasty, healthy foods to eat during mealtimes and for occasional snacks, and think about how those foods are working to fuel your body and mind.

Further Reading: Why We Eat for Pleasure



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From Psych Central's Alicia Sparks:
Jada Pinkett Smith On Guilty Pleasures, Eating For Pleasure | Celebrity Psychings (August 14, 2012)

    Last reviewed: 13 Aug 2012

APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2012). Eating For Pleasure vs. Eating For Nourishment: How Do You Nom?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2015, from



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