Our food choices say a lot about us. While they don't define us, I find they often reflect the self-respect we try to embrace.
You are what you eat. Don't be fast, easy, cheap, or fake.
Eating is a ritual. We eat to celebrate the bounty of harvest, we share a dinner table to celebrate the people we love, and we say grace to appreciate the many blessings we have. When we choose fast food, we remove all of this. We strip away ritual and we refuse to slow down to appreciate. We choose speed over the choice to honor ourselves with a moment of reflection, sharing, and gratitude.
Cooking involves effort. Even your "cooking" is as simple as heating up frozen corn, opening a can of beans, and tossing it with jarred salsa, this is effort. It is a small effort, but it is an effort that excites your senses -- filling your being with smells, sounds, and flavors that you will taste when you enjoy your meal. When we choose easy food, it then becomes easy to be numb to eating. Energy bars and microwavable meals are easy. How many of your senses do they excite? You deserve more than the sound of a wrapper tearing open.
Quality food is not cheap. Cheap food is junk food. It is fake, it is processed, it undermines your value. Now, you don't spend a lot of money on food, but you don't have to eat cheap food. Green lentils are affordable. Potato chips are cheap. If an exciting ingredient like black quinoa, a pricier grain at around $6/pound, entices you to eat, then what are you waiting for? Is $6 expensive? Or heirloom tomatoes for $4/pound? Is $4 expensive? Don't be cheap.
And fake. We know this. Avoid the impersonators. They're fun to watch on E! reality TV shows. Not fun in your body. Eat real food. Your body craves it.
So what does your food say about you?
Is it honest, real, wholesome, appreciated, thoughtful, inspired, satisfying? How does your food define you?
Please share some of your favorite foods and what they say about you.