What is “conscious eating”?

When you think about food, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Your favourite dish, the large choice of chocolate in the supermarkt round the corner or the Sunday roast at your grandmother’s house? All these thoughts deal with different aspect of food – enjoyment, guilty pleasures and eating as a social event.

Conscious eating is a little more than that. It includes the awareness of where our food comes from and how it is produced. In short, it deals with the question what happens to our food before we buy it in the supermarkct. These thoughts can – but don’t have to – then influence what you decide to buy and eat.

Let me give you a few examples of how this awareness changed the way I eat: Since I began to read about factory farming and how meat, eggs and dairy are produced, I became vegetarian, shifted from buying cheap to organic eggs and tried to reduce my consumption of milk, joghurt and other dairy products. Not because I don’t like them anymore, but because I decided for me, that I do not want to support the way these products are made.

Conscious eating is not about preaching. I don’t want to tell you what to eat and what not do eat, and I don’t declare war on meat eaters and those who buy battery eggs.

With my future posts, I only want you to start thinking about the production of those products, but I will not tell you what to do with it.

What we eat is a very personal decision, and the only person, who decides what you will have for dinner, should be you. And nothing prevents you from changing anything if you want to.

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