The epicurean philosophy: Eat, drink, be merry (and healthy)

Some pleasures feed not only the stomach but the senses too

Man and woman enjoying the food

There are quite a few of us who do not merely love to eat but also live to eat. If you count yourself as one who chooses your food to appeal to the senses, who cooks for the sheer joy of handling various textures and tastes and who scouts relentlessly for the next big dining experience, then you may safely call yourself an epicure.

Epicurus, the Greek philosopher, believed that all human existence was derived from the sensation of touch.'The foundation of Epicurus’ philosophy is that all good and bad come from the sensations of pleasure and pain. According to him, this principle can be applied to the consumption of food and drink as well.

Psychologists and doctors today concur that delectable food, fresh vegetables and fruits can have a positive effect on our moods. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidant properties, which improve the health of our brain cells. To add to this belief, an epicurean believes that all food is healthy, unless it is eaten in excess or with an imbalance of starch, proteins, fats and vitamins. Epicurean food is therefore specially designed to maximise its natural benefits and improves a person’s health along with indulging his senses.

So, what does an epicure eat?

Let’s take a look at some classic epicurean foods that have great health benefits:

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A version of this article was first published in the May 2013 issue of Complete Wellbeing.

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