Food addiction, mindless eating, living to eat; they’re all related. What do they all have in common? The answer is usually a desire to consume foods that are not necessarily the healthiest choices or the best quantities, or at times when our bodies don’t really need fuel. While the focus of this article is the difference between eating to live and living to eat, I think it’s important to understand that most of us live to eat, and we need to know why!
A delicious meal that is poisoned should not be eaten, no matter how tasty it might be. We eat to live not to die. So no matter how good food looks or smells, don't eat it if it contains poison.
But some people ask if it would be ok if they just have a bite because it looks and smells so good. The Buddha would say it is up to you whether you eat it or not but just know that it is poisoned.
If you eat that food, you must be prepared to suffer or die. It's all right if you eat that food as long as you are prepared to accept the consequences. The problem occurs when people eat the food and think they will not get sick. When you borrow money, it's all good when you are spending it. But you don't think about the obligation to pay it back. That is why life is so exhausting. This is suffering. But don't think that life is agony when Buddhism teaches us that life is suffering because life is a cycle of both suffering and pleasure. One doesn't exist without the other.
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***Note: In the end, we are all somewhere in this continuum between Eating to Live and Living to Eat. The key is striking the balance that allows us to enjoy food when we want while being mindful of and listening to our natural hunger and satiety signals. We choose nourishing, healthy foods whenever we can because we know there will be special occasions when we will choose not to and instead will indulge and enjoy it. It’s not about restriction…it’s about balance.
The idea is counterintuitive: If we eat to live, how can starving ourselves add years to our lives? Yet decades of calorie-restriction studies involving organisms ranging from microscopic yeast to rats have shown just that, extending the life spans of the semistarved as much as 50%. Last July a long-term study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin nudged the implications of this a bit closer to our species, finding that calorie restriction seemed to extend the lives of humanlike rhesus monkeys as well. The hungry primates fell victim to diabetes, heart and brain disease and cancer much less frequently than their well-fed counterparts did.