Food is what keeps us alive. We love eating for a reason: survival. Even so, our culture tends to vilify eating, embracing underweight, undernourished bodies as the gold standard, and placing certain foods in “good” and “bad" categories. Popular diets often restrict entire food groups, keeping us from important nutrients and the simple enjoyment of eating. Diet promoters on TV display low-calorie salads and promote vigorous exercise as the way to lose weight, as if that’s the only way. No wonder more people than ever have trouble staying at a healthy weight. We humans are not wired for such demands and restrictions. We are wired for happiness and health. Food plays a crucial role in both.