A PEEK AT MY WEEK No. 14: WE’RE INFLUENCERS NOT PREACHERS
Last week, Hannah and I went to the farmer’s market at the Beau-Rivage Palace here in Lausanne. It has to be one of the most luxurious farmer’s markets around. The produce is a selection of Anne-Sophie Pic’s very carefully sourced suppliers and a reflection of the kind of ingredients she likes to use in her kitchens.
Photos by Hannah Shan Photography
Whenever I go to food events like this, it always gets me thinking about my eating habits and what I really stand for.
While I’m obviously no Anne-Sophie Pic, I cook for over 250 people with Thibault every weekend at Le Pointu and it’s easily one of the questions I get asked the most… What are your eating habits? You’re a food blogger; does that mean you’re vegan… it must be hard spending the weekend smelling of bacon! No, I’m not vegan but having the smell of bacon follow you around all weekend still isn’t particularly enjoyable.
Over the last few years there has been so much talk about eating habits, clean eating, veganism, vegetarianism, etc. and masses of people choosing and also almost imposing their own eating habits, whether they stem from ethical, health or environmental reasons.
I feel like discussions about food, particularly about veganism, are starting to feel a lot like some of the less enjoyable discussions about religion that I’ve had with certain people. I don’t understand why it all has to be so militant. I can’t quite believe that there are vegan influencers out there publicly shaming other influencers who eat meat. I think we’re forgetting that we’re all entitled to our own opinions and that the discussions that are educational, non-judgmental and certainly not imposing an opinion are always those that will have the biggest impact.
I’m not religious but have had some really interesting discussions with people of faith. Similarly, I’m not vegan but also have a huge amount of respect and am interested in why someone would choose to be vegan. It just often seems to escalate, particularly online where you can hide behind the screen and get away with trolling.
As for what my eating habits are right now…
Like a lot of people out there, where possible, I try to buy local, seasonal and organic produce at the market, I don’t eat an excessive amount of meat for environmental reasons, I avoid certain foods that upset my tummy, I aim to eat a balanced and healthy diet and I limit food waste as much as possible. There are however times when I make exceptions. For example, on months where I’m shorter on money, I won’t be able to afford to buy organic produce.
I do have two golden rules that I stand by. I respect my food and am interested in everything I eat or serve. I want to know where my food comes from and the conditions under which it is produced. And where possible, particularly in the kitchen at the Pointu, I do not use processed or packaged foods and try to make as much of my food homemade.
Whether you are coeliac, lactose intolerant, vegan, vegetarian, a meat eater, or anything in between, I try to ensure there are options for everyone on the brunch menu. I understand and respect the fact that we are all in a different place with regards to food and making personal decisions with the information we have. It seems to me that in food, like in religion, it’s better to acknowledge that we have different beliefs or opinions and have a discussion about it.
Let’s try to be a little less militant. After all, we’re influencers not preachers.
Right, now I’ve drifted off on a complete tangent, I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos of the lovely farmer’s market at the Beau-Rivage Palace and another peek at my week.
Take care and most importantly, eat what makes you happy :). xS