A Note From the Chef
As a chef I work with ingredients all the time. Sometimes a combination is simply genius, and others…not so much.
But there’s one essential ingredient that goes into everything I make. It has no taste, smell, or weight. And no, it’s not LOVE (technically) though love is a part of it.
Can you guess?
It’s MINDSET! My intention and state of mind when I cook something ALWAYS effects not only how it tastes but how it’s processed in my body.
The Italians have a great expression for when food doesn’t sit well in your body and gives you heartburn. AGITA. But this word has a more general and far reaching meaning and is used whenever someone or something aggravates you.
Imagine what the mindset of the person preparing the food that gave you agita must have been – not filled with calm and love that’s for sure. But the responsibility goes both ways.
We’re all so concerned by how many calories a dish has, or if it has too much sugar or wheat or dairy. We’re consumed with programing that tells us things like; I can’t eat chocolate because it’s too fattening; or pasta makes me bloated; or eggs are high in cholesterol; or I just look at cookies and gain weight.
Your wish is my command replies your body.
I’m certainly not saying to ignore what your body tells you – just what you tell your body. And certainly using healthy, fresh, non-processed ingredients is a must, but so is how you feel when preparing a meal and how you feel when eating it.
That’s why cooking and sharing a meal is a sacred act – because your intentions are digested by those who eat your food and your feelings or mindset while eating effects how your body processes it.
I know that with the holidays upon us, many of us will be eating food that we normally don’t indulge in, so the intention for this post is to help you truly enjoy every bite during this wonderful time of the year.
Prepare the food you share with calm, pleasure and a loving spirit.
Eat whatever you eat without guilt and feeling that you’re a loser with no willpower because you ate something you said you wouldn’t or shouldn’t.
Let yourself fully feel the sensuousness of each bite.
Be grateful for the bounty of the table and for what’s on your plate.
Let your heart swell with the joy of sharing a meal with everyone at the feast.
Now I’d love to know what you think of all this. Maybe you found a way to take the guilt out of eating that you’d like to share – or maybe you have a tip that will help us enjoy the experience of food more?
Come on. Speak your mind.
Until next week,
Happy eating, and many, many blessings,