You might say to yourself. I don’t really care about food all that much. As long as something tastes good, that’s all that matters. Maybe you don’t analyze flavors or complain about the lack of seasonings or blacklist certain restaurants, but you do care. Of course you do, food does something to you. It excites you or disappoints you. It gives you something to look forward to or something to dread. It provides conversation and brings people together. This is the Food Effect. Haven’t heard of the Food Effect? That is probably because I just made it up.
The Food Effect is how we are affected by food. Still shaking your head? Think about this for a moment. Have you ever been walking outside and smelled a neighbor’s grill and thought about what might be cooking? Did it make your mouth water for a juicy ribeye or some authentic BBQ? Or maybe you remember your mom telling you when you were little that you got to choose the restaurant for your birthday. You got to pick that favorite restaurant and your favorite thing to eat. Perhaps a friend invited you over to their house for dinner and you wondered what was sitting on the plate in front of you. The look and smell and taste were all unappetizing and you longed for something familiar. Did you spend time in a foreign country or maybe another part of the country and long for something from home? No matter who you are, you can identify with one of these. We all care about food, on one level or another. Some of us dive more into it than others. I challenge you to dive deeper and let the Food Effect take over. Make your own top ten list of favorite foods and go out to eat them this week. Know what affects you and go after it. Food is meant to be enjoyed, so enjoy it!