About 12 years ago, I went on a weekend trip with a few co-workers to do some whitewater rafting. I remember stopping for lunch and we were considering different places. One guy asked me what I would prefer. I said, “It doesn’t matter to me, I’m easy.” In a way that sort of stung, but was true, he said back to me, “No, you’re not.” He was right. I had several different food rules. Things I would eat, things I wouldn’t eat. I was, frankly, pretty uptight about it all. Eating well was serious business, I thought. Even when eating something delicious, I was lost in my thinking either of how great I was for avoiding “bad stuff” or for eating such “great stuff”. I thought, as I was taught, that enjoying food and eating healthy were two different things—polar opposites in fact. I had people in my life literally say, “If it’s healthy, it can’t taste good.” That was my programming. This train of thought is fairly pervasive in our culture. Thankfully, I’ve come out of this part of the matrix and have discovered that that which I nourishing is also what is delicious; that which is delicious is also nourishing. I’ve been struck recently several times by how delicious yams are. Last night I had baked haddock, sautéed broccoli rabe, and mashed yams. The yams were so sweet, so deliciously sweet, that it made me wonder why anyone ever invented candy or anything like that. The great whole, natural, real food that is here for us all tastes so amazingly good and contains everything we need to flourish, to thrive. Let’s all drop any remaining food hang-ups we have and allow ourselves to fully enjoy our meals.
Remember your mantra for today: NOURISHING MOVEMENT, NOURISHING FOOD, NOURISHING LIFE.