In their article, the Pair of Gourmands stress the importance of cooking with good quality products for a happy mind.  (Photo:  Contributed)
In their article, the Pair of Gourmands stress the importance of cooking with good quality products for a happy mind. (Photo: Contributed)

Good food versus good food

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He Says:

Recently I cooked for my chiropractor and his staff. I had loads of fun and as expected a few healthy versus tasty questions came up.

The health conscious ones were telling me that actually olive oil for cooking is not the best as it burns at a lower temperature and that coconut oil or grape-seed oil would be better. Now I was very proud of myself as I stayed in control and did not pull a Gordon Ramsey on them and explode. I did mention the following little message and I went back to my pots and pans to finish the meal.

Everyone in the room agreed that body and mind works as one perfect machine. If your body feels lousy from some sort of illness your mind will be affected with lousy thoughts. On the other hand, someone having a mental breakdown or some sort of depression will have some body pains and aches somewhere. With this statement everyone seemed to agree! Keeping with the same thought, if someone exercises regularly and is generally physically healthy they will have a better chance to have a healthy positive mind and be upbeat about life. Everyone seemed to agree about this too. And if someone has a positive, happy mind their body should benefit from it also. Body & mind is one whether you like it or not this is how it works. If cooking with coconut oil, eating tofu, or rice cakes makes you mentally happy, good for you your body should show it to you by functioning properly. Cooking with butter, wheat, cream or sugar makes me happy and my body shows it to me. I am a chef and my job is to cook good quality meals that make people happy. I stay away from chemicals and stick to fresh ingredients.

I am never going to stress out about eating something a bit less good for me or even having an extra cookie this coming Christmas because my body will hold all those little stresses and will probably manifest itself with some illness like a cold or even potentially a cancer one day. We are all going to die some day, and the chances are that it will be way too soon, so why not try to make yourselves happy today. I really don’t believe that when I get to heaven I will say I wish I had one more rice cake.

This is dedicated to all the staff at Dr.Thiel’s office.

She Says:

I don’t mind the odd rice cake, but I am certainly of the same mind as Martin, that all things in moderation is a better way to watch what you eat than worrying over every calorie. I live to eat, being a self-admitted gourmand, and so enjoying good food is something that I put as a priority because it makes me feel good mentally and physically. Sometimes good food is a salad from the garden and sometimes it is cake and ice cream. I love both, and I especially love the fact that when I enjoy those things and other wonderful nibbles, it is never just about the food. Part of why I love to eat is because I love the interaction of preparing the food and spending time with other people. Eating is something we all share as a common activity and so it binds us together, even if we come from different backgrounds or cultures. Breaking bread with someone can be a learning experience, it can be an intimate experience, it can be a humbling experience. Food, like life, is meant to be appreciated and enjoyed. Think about it – how many other activities are preceded by a blessing in so many cultures? We are meant to treat food with importance, and we are supposed to use the time eating as a celebration of life.

I sincerely hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas – we shall be toasting to your good health for the New Year!

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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