22 Jan Food is love to Yourself and Others
I use the tagline ” Food is Love” and what I mean by that is; food is powerful, sustaining and we are empowered when we learn to take simple food ingredients to nourish ourselves through cooking. Being a Chef, I sometimes take for granted all the food knowledge I have learned and all the time and energy it took to understand the power it can bring. For the past 15 years I have spent a great deal of my life educating others on the properties of food and chemistry of cooking. How to manipulate food ingredients and create dishes that feed the body but also the soul. We eat with the five senses, we see, taste, hear ingredients cooking, smell, and touch our food. As a chef, I work in the senses to create experiences for my clients. Some say it’s a gift others say it’s learned, I say it’s a combination.
There is a difference in using food to love you and provide comfort to fill those empty places inside us when we hurt or are sad or even happy. As opposed to food supplying health and balance to your body and soul. Using food to nurture a break up or hurt is not the proper way to use food. Emotional eating is so common and at times automatic, we don’t always realize we are doing it. This week, I’d like to encourage each of us to record when we are emotional eating and abusing food in this way and when we are creating a balance for our body.
Journaling is the tip of the week. It goes deeper than just putting healthy food in your body, it is about forming good habits and breaking bad habits while we focus on progress not perfection. I want us to succeed at catching ourselves when we are on autopilot and eating foods we crave because of a feeling as opposed to eating out of health. I am not saying food cannot be enjoyed and savored, I am saying to be a conscious eater this week.
Food is Love,