Like many super-skinny celebrities, Jada Pinkett Smith is always slim and thin, and now we know how she does it. She told Essence magazine that because she grew up with her grandmother, who simply did not cook anything delicious, she never really developed her desire to eat for the purpose of pleasure. She only ate because she had to in order to survive and that is why she considers food as nutrition, rather than an experience. For her, food is merely a source of calories and nutrients and that is why she does not agonize over what to eat and whether it has all the exotic aromas in it or not. Now this is a big setback to all the chefs and restaurants who have made meals into a sensual experience making eating as important as almost anything else in life. When people eat for pleasure, they are not only likely to eat more, they may also seek dishes with rich ingredients (have you ever noticed how much butter French chefs use?). No wonder we have an obesity epidemic.
Jada added, “[My grandmother] 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.”
If you grew up in a family where food was all important and the kitchen was where everyone hung out, chances are that you also went to eat in restaurants. If that is the case, and unless you are extremely careful, you will end up gaining weight. While chefs and restaurants will always like us to believe that eating is all about enhancing our pleasure by consuming delicious food, the reality is that gourmet food can also kill us.