Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Affirming Nourishment

In Everything I Eat Nourishes Me, A Cookbook for Body & Soul I have gathered a eclectic mix of recipes and stories that speak to our emotional, mental and heartfelt connections to the foods we eat. When we feel connected to the dish before us we affirm the nourishing quality of the feelings, thoughts and memories and we digest them with the foods themselves. When we eat with joy, love, peacefulness and enthusiasm our bodies are relaxed, our digestive system is not tight and stressed and is easily able to absorb the nutrients in the foods we are ingesting. This mind-body connection is not mysterious. We cannot absorb the nutrients if we eat in a hurried and stressful way. Our muscles become tight, and that includes all our digestive organs. They are muscles as well. Our bodies definitely talk with us and we just need to listen. I made fish tacos last evening with some lovely fresh flounder. I felt so excited and joyful creating the dish, having some fresh seafood, which I have been craving. I felt, as I ate the tacos, all those wonderful emotions nourishing every cell.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Reconsidering the Idea of Nourishment

“The way of the heart is the foundation of this book, a cookbook for body & soul. When we listen with our hearts, we hear the way to our personal nourishment. And if we follow our hearts in the way of food, we will be nourished. A plate of food has a story to tell and its story touches us, moves us, fills us. I have talked with many people during the creation of this book and, without exception, when they begin to remember and relate their memories, feelings and thoughts about the recipes they are sharing, a light appears on their countenances and a lilt frames their voices.”

“Stories are clues and guides to our deepest sources of nourishment. They come from the heart of our nature and speak with great authority about what is meaningful to us. They are our personal authorities, because they are our personal experiences, rich with all that connects us to life.”

Please feel free to leave comments with your own stories about family recipes and food experiences, and why they are meaningful and nourishing to you.