Generally Eclectic

Food/Nutrition Objectives

You eat what you want to eat at the time. What you want to eat at the time, taken over a long period, is your food/nutrition strategy. What you want at the time is also directly related to your objectives. Any discussion of food/nutrition strategies needs to start with objectives. To illustrate, a strategy that reduces cancer risks is not going to have much appeal to someone who does not give high priority to reducing cancer risks.

Below is a list of some food related objectives you may have, sorted between short-term (in the next few hours), medium term (within the year), and long term (beyond a year). From the information below, it becomes apparent that the foods we eat are the result of an interplay between short, medium and long-term objectives, many of which are conflicting. Our food/nutrition objectives are not simple.

Short term objectives

  1. Respect religious beliefs about food
  2. Respect philosophical beliefs
    1. Respect animal rights
    2. Support the local economy
    3. Reduce carbon footprint
  3. Respect cultural traditions (e.g. eat what your community eats and when)
  4. Eat what you are accustomed to eating
  5. Eliminate the feeling of hunger now
  6. Stave off feeling hungry in the next few hours
  7. Provide energy for the next few hours (e.g. eat ample calories)
  8. Address wakefulness and sleep
    1. Wake one up (e.g. the morning coffee or shot of caffeine)
    2. Put one asleep, or at least not prevent one from sleeping
  9. Minimize the cost of eating (e.g. buy cheap food)
  10. Minimize the time spent finding a place to eat (e.g. find the nearest acceptable restaurant, eat what is available)
  11. Minimize the time and energy spent related to preparing food and cleaning up afterward (e.g. eat out, buy take out, order in, buy prepared foods)
  12. Savour wonderful food and drink
  13. Socialize with companions (e.g. eat where and when they eat, invite them to your place)
  14. Enhance performance
    1. Enhance mental performance
    2. Enhance physical performance

Medium term objectives

  1. Lose weight or gain weight
    1. To attract a partner
    2. To achieve economic goals
    3. To feel better about oneself
    4. To conform to cultural norms
  2. Reduce risks of unexpected consequences of industrial foods (e.g. eat organic)
  3. Put on muscle
  4. Improve mood and feeling of well-being
  5. Avoid medical inconveniences and problems
    1. Manage diabetes
    2. Prevent migraines
    3. Improve mood
    4. Improve bowel functions (Constipation, diarrhea, celiac)
    5. Address or prevent bladder infections
    6. Address yeast infections
    7. Prevent anaphalactic shock
  6. Address nutrient deficiencies and excesses

Long term objectives

  1. Reduce risks of Type II diabetes
  2. Reduce risks of stroke
  3. Reduce risks of blood clots
  4. Reduce risks of heart attack
  5. Reduce blood pressure
  6. Reduce plaque build up in arteries
  7. Reduce cancer risks
    1. Reduce risks of getting cancer (e.g. limit consumption of carcinogens)
    2. Reduce risks of promoting cancer growth (e.g. eating anti oxidants)
  8. Reduce risks of osteoporosis
  9. Reduce risks of alzheimers and other forms of dementia