What does Life to Table mean, and how can it better inform our daily lives? It’s something of a skeptic’s take on Farm to Table and similar Food Movements. A lot of Farm-to-Table and Sustainable Farming and Natural Foods and Paleo Food Movements offer us great aspirational goals and sound methods for achieving better results, but they can also be difficult, if not impossible, for individuals to follow with strict adherence—especially if we also hope to maintain a balance with the rest of our life. After all, most of us have or live with someone who has food allergies, diet restrictions, and tough-to-please appetites that, along with an allocated food budget, already limit the number of options available to us.
This balanced and measured approach to living our life through food is reflected in the larger philosophy of not taking certain types of advice too literally, too rigidly, or with too much self-doubt. It reminds of a recent tidbit we heard that you should always be living so as to create a memory—as if every moment was part of your wedding day. Well, okay, but who has weeks of planning time to create every single moment of their life. What does that even look like? But still, there’s a kernel of truth in there somewhere, and we’re not afraid to follow it.
We love and prefer natural, fresh foods, but we’re not bad people if we occasionally splurge on a guilty pleasure, a childhood nostalgia, or certain other exceptions. And yet, we also love to consume and think about food—how we choose it, how we produce it, how we distribute it, how we consume, and how we dispose of waste—not just as an intellectual curiosity, but so as to always be looking for better food and diet choices, especially when they come with no real downside.
Thus, you can also think of Life to Table as “the other side of Farm to Table,” where we talk about how people come to the table to begin with, who they are and what they need, to come to the table better prepared to eat food that’s responsibly produced and consumed. Instead of looking at how the food we eat becomes us, we also like to put a spotlight on how we can think ourselves into better food choices in a more granular way.