January 11, 2010

Soulful Eating

Have you heard the advice “eat mindfully”?  It asks that we be consciously aware of what foods we are consuming and just how much we are taking in.  It requires a level of focus that easily escapes us when we are overworked, stressed out and under pressure.  I’m trying to adapt to more mindful eating since a recent fast showed me exactly how toxic my body was from months of neglect.  I won’t get into the gory details but I will say that I had a major light bulb moment.  I realized that my eating habits (i.e. the way I eat) were counterproductive to a high quality of life and longevity, two things that are integral parts of my life plan. So as the days grow closer to a monumental birthday for me, I’m reminded of all the wonderful things I want to do well in the next phase of my life.  Not including a change in how I relate to food would prove hazardous to my overall wellbeing.  So while being mindful of the things that I put into my body, I feel I would also benefit from a feeding of the soul, so to speak. 

I love food.  I adore the tastes, smells and textures that come with a superb meal.  I take pleasure in experiencing new restaurants and cuisines.  Eating can sometimes be spiritual for me especially when I discover a dish that is not only healthy but stimulates my senses and creates a warm, comforting, deep down sensation of satisfaction.  Recently, a friend that could be the poster child for eating soulfully shared a very simple but special dish that she came across on EatingWell.com.    Her soulful adaptation?  Chopped jalapenos for warmth.  It doesn’t hurt that she serves ALL of her meals, even when dining alone, on a beautifully set table with exquisite cutlery, glassware and fine china.  She creates a mindful “experience” rather than a space to perform a perfunctory task.   Her motto – Feed the mind, feed the soul.  I want to live that.

Photo Courtesy of EatingWell.com

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