Secrets of a Fit Foodie

Sep 10, 2010

The 5 Habits of Fit Foodies

Ever notice that people regularly leave comments on the blogs of cupcake enthusiasts, restaurant reviewers, and exuberant home cooks, joking about a hyperspeed metabolism and begging for their secrets?  I am frequently asked how I can cook and eat all the delicious things I share on my other blog,, (say, Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Buttercream, or Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage) and not have any trouble keeping my weight where I want it, nevermind calling myself a dietitian with a straight face.

The thing is, although they saying exists “never trust a skinny chef” the truth is that chefs, food writers, food critics, and food bloggers – people who eat for a living – are quite often fitter than the average North American.   So how do so many foodies manage to balance looking and feeling great with eating incredible food?  There is nothing witchcraft about it, and in fact, it’s really not even that complicated.   So without further ado, here are the 5 general habits of fit foodies, accumulated from conversations had with fit foodies, articles written by fit foodies, and my own experience:

1.  Fit Foodies love food.  They respect it.  They eat what they want, but they don’t eat what doesn’t taste good.  Mindless snacking doesn’t happen. 

2.  They exercise portion control.  This is the most important element here.  Fit foodies might walk over hot coals for a slice of Buttermilk Peach Pie with homemade Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream (*to be posted in the near future on, but they eat a modest piece, really savor it, and don’t go back for seconds.  This is not by some heroic feat of willpower, but by taking the time to extract pleasure from every single bite, and then putting down their fork when they have had enough. 

3.  They exercise.  Period.  Fit foodies have activity as part of their regular routine.  It doesn’t mean they are total gym rats, but it would be a very rare exception to find one who doesn’t engage in some sort of exercise on a consistent basis.

4.  They understand balance.  This secret goes hand-in-hand with portion control, and is equally important.  Balance is the art of flexible equilibrium over time – making present food decisions based on past and future food decisions.

5.  They don’t feel guilty about what they eat.  Ever.  How fantastic is that?  

So there you have it.  The general consistent habits shared by the population of slender chefs and food writers.  No gimmicks, just a healthy, pleasurable relationship with food.  And happily, they are skills that can be learned by anyone!