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Tuesday: Food Matters

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{today’s post is exemplar essay #2 for this week’s Personal Wellness Intensive!}

Food has always been an important part of my life. Ever since I was young, I have loved all that food does to bring people together and celebrate cultures. Not only does food bring people together, what is eat is also a reflection of who we are. If I look closely at my food choices, they indeed paint a picture of who I am: I love stories, I am adventurous, and I care about the world I live in.

By looking at my food choices, it is apparent that I love stories. I like to read stories, listen to stories, and tell stories. Food does that in an amazing way. An example of this is a meal of chicken parmesan with spaghetti. This meal tells the story of my family: my grandparents who emigrated from Italy, settled in America, and opened their own restaurant. Chicken parmesan with spaghetti is about family, about love, and about people who gather together because they are part of each others’ stories. As a food blogger, I try every day to tell stories that are linked to food: this dish is a great example of the power food has on my life.

My food choices also show that I am adventurous. I like to try new things and challenge myself. This connects to the food choices that I make because I am always willing to try something once. I remember the first time I ate sushi: I was in college and I was so nervous to eat sushi. I had never had much fish before and I had no idea what it would taste like. I ended up loving it and have been a big fan of sushi ever since. Putting myself out there and forcing myself to try new things isn’t always easy, but it’s something that helps me to grow and evolve as a human being.

The shopping and eating decisions I make show that I care about the world I live in. The earth is a fragile resource, and the things that we do and the foods that we select have a big impact on the earth. Because of that, I make it a priority to buy organic produce whenever I can. I am concerned about the use of chemicals, the government-controlled seeds, and the issue of overplanting/harvesting that happens on many conventional farms. By purchasing and using organic produce, I am committing to doing my very small part to help protect our earth and to reduce the impact I have on it.

The food choices that I make are a reflection of who I am and what I care about. My love of Italian food, like chicken parmesan with spaghetti, shows that I love family and the stories that food brings to the table; my will to try new foods, like sushi, show that I am willing to challenge myself and take on unknown situations; and my commitment to the earth and to buying organic when I can shows that I want to do what I can to protect the earth’s natural resources.