Food, Delicious Medicine

How we eat is a huge part of how we feel and can have a major impact on our practice. Over the years my eating habits have changed dramatically. Whether you are an omnivore, a pescatarian, a vegan, vegetarian, or any combination thereof, to me the salient point about food is that it should be delicious and satisfying, while at the same time physically useful. I use this rule to determine whether or not I choose to eat something: Is it going to fuel, heal, and repair my body? Or will it tax, sap, and exhaust my system? I am by no means an expert on nutrition or dieting of any kind. Rather, I simply aim to share some yummy recipes and tips that have served me well, and that my family and friends and I love to eat!

It’s true that chopping lots of vegetables for a salad or stir-fry can be time-consuming. I use this opportunity to listen to podcasts while I’m prepping meals. I actually look forward to this time out from my busy day. Plus, there’s something relaxing and meditative about handling beautiful vegetables, smelling them, and rejoicing in their vibrant colors. I’m always overcome with gratitude when I observe how fortunate I am to be fed with such bounty! I also make enough to store for multiple meals, so I don’t have to start from scratch every day.

The other thing I’ve gotten into the habit of doing is reading labels. I shy away from most processed or packaged foods, but if you do use them, make sure there’s nothing in the list of ingredients that you can’t identify as an actual food item! Additives and preservatives can be sneaky, and something that advertises as “healthy”, “natural” or even “organic” on the front of the package can list some pretty shocking chemicals in the fine print. So take the extra time to investigate, don’t trust advertising, and be discerning.

In general, I have found that the more fibrous, whole foods that I eat, the less I crave sugar and white flour. No one is saying you have to go without dessert all the time, but there are all sorts of nutritious substitutes for traditional treats!