The Headspace Diet Foodie Type 1: The Gourmet
Andy's new book The Headspace Diet is all about creating a healthy relationship with food. In exploring attitudes and thought patterns around food and eating he has identified various 'foodie types' that describe the differing approaches to food that people have. In reading the book at HQ we realised that of the 12 food types in the book at least 4 are represented at HQ alone. So we thought it might be worth 'having it out' on the blog and each describing our own relationships with food as we learn more about our own freaky and not-so-freaky eating patterns. Up first:
Foodie type: Gourmet
Hello. My name is Cosmo, I have a problem and its name is expensive food. Come rain or shine, a third of my pay packet goes on food. And I don't even eat that much. Seriously, whilst I eat half what my friends do, I spent 3 times as much. Even when I'm broke, I'm buying organic goats butter and iberico chorizo. Basics houmous? That's some kind of joke, right? I'm the kind of guy who won't be able to make rent, yet you'll catch me down Waitrose buying Tuscan roasted sweet potato falafels, saffron-infused aubergine vol au vents and fresh crab dressed with a dill-based creme fraiche, all smothered in oodles of self-loathing. My friends mock me as I sit on the sofa in my pants, spooning stuffed roquito peppers into my face, ricotta; everywhere.
I partially blame my mother, who throughout my childhood insisted on feeding me 'real food'. By the time boarding school came around, whilst the other kids were eating nutella toasties, I was cooking pasta in the kettle to eat with a hidden stash of red pesto I concealed behind the milk fridges. Now I am master of my own kitchen, what I don't spend in Planet Organic goes on restaurants and quaint boutique cafes. Slice of carrot cake? £3.90 in? I'll have four. I comfortably spend £15 a day on food. And even though I'm aware of it, I can't stop. It's a veritable nightmare.
But what are the alternatives? Fill up on stodgy, mass-produced sandwiches? Get up early to eat breakfast at home? It's 2012; surely nobody still eats breakfast at home? Whilst I consider myself to be mindful in my approach to avoiding unhealthy, mass produced foods, I am certainly not mindful in my approach to saying no to expensive ingredients. I've tried setting myself a budget, but when hunger strikes I laugh in the face of it. With any luck, The Headspace Diet mentality will have me gently realising it's not OK to spend in a week on food what most families spend in a month. There must be a compromise. Like ditching all unhealthy habits, no pain; no gain.
Now excuse me whilst I get back to my mid-afternoon snack; duck a l'orange.