Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Spiritual Side of Food

I know that I say this every year, but this year I resolve to become more aware of what I eat. Not to necessarily lose weight (although I wouldn't mind), or to buy all my food items at Whole Foods (can't afford to), but to simply be more mindful of what I prepare for my family and myself.
I read somewhere that all the food that we put in our mouths contains the energy that was used to prepare it. Therefore, if food is lovingly prepared, with care and positive intention, that food transmits this loving energy to those who consume it. Although I don't think that that we will immediately be filled with negative feelings each time we eat a McDonald's hamburger (I've been known to enjoy a Big Mac or two), we can strive to make food preparation an act of positive intention. An example of this is when your mother made you homemade chicken noodle soup when you were sick. Not only did the chicken broth and the vegetables feed you body with nutrients, there was a certain amount of mental comfort within that soup that helped you to heal. Think of the last time you prepared food with love. It may when you whipped up a bubbling hot lasagna for your friends, or added just a pinch of chili powder to a mug of steaming hot cocoa for you husband. It not only gave your loved ones a good feeling, it gave you a good feeling as well.
So I put forward this challenge; prepare at least one meal a week with positive intention. Think what you can cook from scratch with healthful ingredients that are raised and harvested in organic and humane ways. Dust off that old cookbook your grandmother left you, and attempt to bake a loaf of bread from scratch. Knead some raw honey into the dough and add a sprinkle of love. You and your family will thrive from it.

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