12 Ways to Eat Slow

This lovely guide was originally compiled by the Slow Food movement in France. I wish I had made it up myself.

1. Give yourself (some) pleasure.   Take the time to taste and pay attention to your senses: this is the best way to eat well.

2. Bring the seasons to the table.
Each season rediscover the pleasure of tastes you haven’t experienced for a year.

3. Think global, eat local.
Choose products from farmers and growers near to your home: you will help to strengthen the local economy and the links between people living in your area.

4. Eat something you have grown…
…and grow something you eat. This is the best way to get in touch with nature.

5. Meet farmers, growers, artisans and specialized sellers in person.
Buy products with a short chain (through farmer’s markets, purchasing groups) or from artisans (bakers, cured meat and cheese makers) or from specialized competent sellers.

6. Be Inquisitive.
When in a shop, restaurant, bar or supermarket, ask questions about product quality.

7. Choose products of animal origin with particular care.
When you eat meat, always choose grass pasture products (veal, lamb) or free range products (pork, poultry).

8. Vary your diet to defend agricultural biodiversity.
Try rare and unusual varieties of potatoes, cereals, fruit and vegetables.

9. Eat natural wholefoods, choose non-processed products.
Processed ready-to-eat foods contain many modified food products and fats of low nutritional value.

10. Cook!
This is the best way to save money and know exactly what you are eating. It is a daily pleasure you can give yourself and those you love.

11. Spend better, spend less.
Eating better does not necessarily mean spending more, don’t cut down on quality.

12. Become a taste explorer.
Educate children, friends and acquaintances about the true pleasure of eating.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey B, The list was created by Slow Food France – what to expect? I thought I should reproduce it as it was, rather than fiddle and attempt to make it mine. No one reading my blog would dream of eating veal I hope. Still if you absolutely HAVE to (why?), surely veal that hung about on grass for a while is better than the boxed in, dark places, force fed stuff that is usually served up? Eating grown up cows is not very cool either.


  2. Bridget Ringdahl says:

    Beautiful pics… and superbly simple advice
    (delete out veal, no-one should be eating cows, let alone baby ones ‘horror’!! ;-))


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