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MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I hope I would fall under the eat to live group, but I do love food. I don't see anything wrong with "living to eat", as long as one practices moderation and wise choices. I am a vegan, so many may think I'm biased on the subject of food. However, I absolutely love to eat and love to explore many different flavors. And trust me, I could care less what anyone else does with their life. I don't preach to others, because I'm not living their can I pretend to know what's right for them?

Before I became a vegan 6 years ago, I ate anything and everything that was put in front of me. And I think that's a good thing: I was willing to experiment. Now, I am a vegan not for animal rights issues, but because I found it was the best diet for my life, and I want to know exactly where my meals come from. I shop at a local farmer's market, and can trace most of what's on my plate back to its source. My mother lives in Montana, and hunts for her food every fall, to store away for winter. Although I no longer eat venison, I have much greater respect for people who raise and butcher their own food (or hunt it), than people who simply pick it up at the grocery store.

In America however, I feel that too many people are unaware of exactly where their food comes from and what's in it. Even when they know, it's sometimes difficult for them to change their ways. Or they may not have a desire to make a change in their diet. Even something simple as cutting out soda can seem impossible to some. My niece struggles with her weight, but she constantly eats fast food and drinks soda. I too eat fast food occasionally, but I understand that if I don't want to get fat, I need to exercise and watch how much fast food I consume.

I think that what it comes down to is: eat what you love, whatever that may be! Just make sure you research and understand what you're putting in your body. Too much of anything isn't good for you, so everything in moderation. And be sure to exercise, since it goes hand-in-hand with diet for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hah.  This is a hillarious question.  I'm going to take it in three directions:

2nd and 3rd world countries that are very much comprised of starvation and poverty could be in the "Eat to Live" category.

I think many European countries have successfully maintained a very strict food culture.  One where "Live to Eat" is certainly the motto.  These cultures appreciate food from growth to table.  Food brings families and friends together and is treated with respect.

When I look at the obesity of the United States (and to be fair, some other countries as well), however,  the answer, sadly, is something more like, "Eat to die."  The fast food culture of our country has killed any hope we may have had of appreciation for food (growth, preparation, eating, building relationships over all fo these things).  It seems "Eat to Live" is only reserved for the wealthy and even then, often comes across as pretentious.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Americans, generally, live to eat.  Food and eating are integral threads in our social structure--and I think I can prove it.  In my own life right now, I eat when I'm hungry and eat fairly normally.  This week I've been traveling and visiting friends I haven't seen in months, and the first thing that happens when I call is an invitation to get together.  To do what?  Eat, of course.  Just today, I got a call and the question was direct: "Which meal are you still available for?"  When we do eat, it's often difficult to find meals and portions which are reasonable for my "three meals a day eating out" lifestyle right now.  (Glad I'm heading home soon!)  Eating is entertainment and social interaction and networking and habit and experience, even more than necessity.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the previous posters that one's perspective of food relies upon his or her culture and upon one's family background. If a person lives to eat, that person often has an addictive personality and uses food to provide emotional support and comfort. Some people who live to eat work in the food industry for a living and simply really enjoy trying different types of food.

In contrast, a person who eats to live is usually raised in an environment where food and food choices are scarce, and food is seen as the basic necessity that it was meant to be, not as a luxury, stimulant, or crutch.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I love food, but would like to think of myself as in the eat to live category.  I know I have eaten way too much, even though I am not obese, for a long time, and would be much healtheir, wealthier and environmentally friendly if I didn't consume as much food.  I've cut back greatly on what I used to eat, and what kinds of food.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

With the obesity problem in the United States right now I think it is more of a "live to eat" situation. People LOVE to eat. It is what many people look forward to. I wish we had more of an eat to live perspective because then we would choose foods that are healthy for our bodies.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I like food sometimes, but I am more in the eat to live category. I have kind of a love-hate relationship with food. I usually don't have time to eat as well as I should. I like healthy food, but I'm not a good cook and I never have time.
nabila25 | Student

I like  eating and cooking ;I eat to live  not live to eat .

redscar | Student

Live to eat for me,i love eating spicy and fast food. i love going to Pizza Hut,KFC,etc.. You guys might be thinking that I'm a fat couch potato! But you all are wrong!