“I Don’t Live to Eat; I Eat to Live”

Maybe you have heard someone say or have even said yourself, “I don’t live to eat, I eat to live.”

While it sounds like this is a good perspective on eating, the more I hear it, the less sense it makes. What I hear is “There are people who live to eat and I am not like those people, so I don’t do that.” Instead, “I eat to live.”

Last time I checked, all of us are alive, so we must eat and we must eat because we are alive. If we are making a distinction between “us” and “them” based on eating, then we are using food to make us feel better about ourselves, which is essentially what we would be accusing someone of if we said “they live to eat.”

Why are we using food to distinguish ourselves from others and as a way to identify ourselves? Food was designed to strengthen our connection with others as we share our hearts, minds and lives at the table. Food wasn’t designed as a means to judge others with.

VIVE Alchemy invites you to a different conversation about food that puts food in its proper place as a gift to share with others while you share your time, talents and truth.


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