Kitchen Letters #11: A Food-Loving Friendly Reminder

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Dear patient students of life,

Routine can often be very comforting to me.  The methodical piecing together of the day’s events, both necessary and nonessential is something I take pleasure in.  However, a regimented life can easily lose any semblance of comfort and reliability if we allow ourselves to become too comfortable in our habits.  Recently, I had the pleasure and joy of teaching a friend how to prepare a meal I make often during the autumn and winter months.  It was an incredible experience that challenged the way I approach preparing a meal and it was infused with the irreplaceable gift of teaching myself a lesson too.

What did I learn?  I learned to pace myself in life.  If you know me at all, you understand me to be a fast-paced person, but when you’re teaching someone else the steps to making a meal, pacing is key.  I learned that teaching others is fulfilling because it presents you with the gift of spreading knowledge, and in this instance, breaking down the daunting barrier of food that is unknown, was very exciting.  I learned that it takes more than writing about something regularly to truly understand what you’re writing about.  I learned that putting your hands and heart into a meal make it taste all the better.  I learned that making a meal with love makes it taste better too.  I learned that sharing a meal is one of the most special gifts you can give.  More than anything, I broke down the idea of being fully content with what consumption habits that I had carried with me and re-purposed the content nature with one more aligned with what I write about here on Connect a Bite, being evaluative and connected.

Labels in life are stifling, but nonetheless we’re asked to label ourselves. It is imperative to not restrict myself to a point of personal confusion that leads to arbitrary decision-making. I choose to not label my diet or my consumptions habits, and I vow to be true to only some self-imposed standards when it comes to food.

  • Take care of yourself, first and foremost.
  • Listen to your body, it’s sending you signals all the time.  Each person is different, so pay attention to what your body is telling you.
  • Envision a world where little harm is imposed on other creatures, and strive to make your meals based around this principle.
  • If within your means, try to eat food that’s grown organically.  To be more specific, eat foods that aren’t laden with chemicals, pesticides, fillers, and preservatives.
  • Eat whole foods!
  • Indulge yourself sometimes–*sometimes is key–and be grateful for the ability to indulge.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, the environment you’re enjoying your meal and maybe even strike up a conversation with those around you.
  • Be generous, but understand your own personal boundaries and respect them, no matter what.

I’m happy to be able to share with you a few thoughts, and here’s to less unhealthy labeling of ourselves, more friendly meals and spreading our knowledge onto others.

Healthy Regards,

RAM

 

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