Remembering my early days, eating was about tantalizing my taste buds
and stuffing myself more than was comfortable. However, Mom or Dad
were often in the kitchen ‘cooking something’ (real food). Neighborhood
grocery stores sold local produce, eggs, and dairy, and crop sprays were
not as common as now.
In today’s world of busy-ness, much food preparation and care have been
pushed to the wayside (lost) and ‘prepared foods’ with unhealthy sourcing
have taken over as the new norm in the name of convenience. But these
habits are most likely contributing to illness and disease, not to mention
unhappiness. As Michael Pollan says, “Get off the internet and back into
the kitchen!” I couldn’t agree more.
From studies of Ayurveda plus my own experience, I have found a true
‘soul connection’ in sourcing of food (chem-free and local when possible),
caring for food, then preparation and how I eat. My approach to mealtime
can be that of stuffing myself gluttonously and creating toxicity (Ama) in my
body then feeling like crap, or eating a fair amount of healthy, fresh, well-
grown delectables that I or a friend have cooked with care, creating an
actual white, sublime substance (Ojas) for not only the body but also the
mind and the spirit to be nurtured with. Deepak Chopra states that properly
eaten/digested food can keep our minds clear, happy and at peace,
potentially creating bliss, and I believe it!
Instead of treating our bodies like trash cans, dumping anything inside that
our tongue and our minds beg for, we can make loving choices to try
delicious ‘soul food,’ that nourishes ‘the right wolf,’ maybe starting small
and building. I’m guessing we could all use a little more bliss in our lives
and the time and effort are worth it!