“You are what you eat.”
We’ve all heard this phrase countless times, usually after overindulging in something that is not particularly healthy. The phrase has been traced back to the early 19th century in France, and then again about 40 years later to Germany. Both the French and the German philosophers had their own way of saying the same thing: What we eat (and don’t eat) will have an impact on both our mental and physical well-being. In the U.S., the phrase, or the notion of the impact of diet on health, was introduced by the founder of the Catabolic Diet, Victor Lindlahr, in the 1920s and ’30s.
Today, there is even more focus on, and a tremendous amount of research to back up the notion, that the food we eat will impact everything in our life. In this issue of My Generation, we are focused on food. We are looking at food as it relates to our health, food fads and wine and spirits, and we offer a profile of the well-known local chef and baby boomer, David Turin (page 5).
Like most boomers, food plays a big role in my life. I live with someone who eats mostly to fill the void, while I live to find creative and healthy ways to satisfy hunger and please the palate. Last week I was having a little anxiety about preparing a mid-day barbecue meal for 14 guests – all with very different tastes. We had the gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free eater; the non-veggie eater; the only-veggie eater; the local-produce farmer; the no-sugar dieter; the junk-food junkie; and two guests that I had not cooked for before.
My husband suggested throwing some chicken on the grill and grabbing some pre-made potato salad and letting the crowd “figure it out.” This didn’t work for me. I got up early and made a regular pasta salad and a gluten-free version, a giant fruit salad and a tossed salad. I marinated some chicken in barbecue sauce and some in an Asian sauce, threw in a broccoli salad and a potato salad from the local deli and made a pitcher of fresh mojitos. Everyone seemed fairly happy and I didn’t see an empty plate, though when I asked the non-veggie eater why he chose the gluten-free pasta salad, he said that there appeared to be fewer veggies in it that he would have to pick out.
Whether you eat for health alone, pure pleasure or a well-balanced combination of both, I think you will find something in this issue of My Generation that you will like. And please stay in touch with us online and on Facebook.
Lee Hews, Publisher