After several weeks of eating very well as part of our new Food as Medicine program at Green Mountain — lots of great-tasting veggies and other good-for-me stuff — last weekend I enjoyed a meal that got me thinking. If according to our genetics, e.g., our Paleolithic caveman ancestors, we evolved on a famine-feast type of eating pattern, could an occasional repast of rich foods actually do us well?
I didn’t decide deliberately to test this theory. It arose after the fact. But the fact that I enjoyed a pretty rich meal at a Mexican restaurant that left me feeling great made me think it worth writing about.
The tongue-in-cheek title of this post aside, I wouldn’t call my meal actual gluttony. I didn’t overeat as much as I just ate a lot more than I had been eating. Similarly, I wouldn’t call my Food as Medicine eating famine; it’s just that it’s relatively light compared to the standard American diet.
My thought: If it makes you feel good (and doesn’t hurt anyone else), do it. The victory is in getting to the point where you really know what makes you feel good. I know I wouldn’t feel good eating a rich Mexican food meal too often. But it sure was fun last Friday night.
Do you have any favorite meals that might be viewed as overdoing it yet you know they’re right for you at times?