When was the last time you ate a meal? I know what you’re thinking: “Uh, breakfast, like an hour ago?” But the question I asked wasn’t “when was the last time you scarfed down a bowl of cereal in front of the TV or computer [no offense to those of you mid-bite at this precise moment], or ate a piece of toast on your way out the door or [GASP!] while driving in the car!?” No, the question I asked was “When was the last time you ATE a MEAL? And when I say “meal”, I’m talkin you, a cloth napkin, a candle, and a plate of delicious, beautiful-looking food that you savoured one bite at a time. At a table! Without any reading material or your smartphone. Just you, your food, and a calming environment. Are you starting to get the idea?
If you’ve been feeling disconnected from your food (and therefore your body) lately, it’s time to get reacquainted. Not only will sitting down to a proper meal (as described above) put you back in touch with your hunger and fullness, but it is an act of loving kindness that you can impart on yourself. If this means that you treat yourself to a delicious meal at an elegant restaurant once a month, if that’s what it takes to make this happen, do it.
Do not underestimate the power of this seemingly rudimentary act. It communicates the message that you are worth the extra effort of getting out a cloth napkin and lighting a candle — that you are worth sitting down for. Not only that, but it creates a conscious intention around nourishment and how we choose to sustain ourselves. It creates a sense of presence. It’s yet another way that you can show up for yourself. I’m not saying every meal has to be this way; that’s not always realistic. But do make a conscious effort to treat yourself to this ritual as a gateway back to you. Go on now — get out your finery, pull up a chair and cozy up to some life-enhancing food. This is good livin!
I know what you’re thinking….a salad?? In the middle of winter? But sometimes a salad can be so so life enhancing! It’s a plethora of colours, textures, and flavours, and it goes down with a fresh crispness that tells your body “I am alive!” Feel free to play around with this combination of veg and/or dressing.
Purple Cabbage Citrus Slaw
2 cups shredded purple cabbage (use the food processor if possible)
1/2 cup sliced yellow pepper
1/2 apple, julienned or finely chopped
1 leaf of kale, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1 carrot, grated
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
sprinkle of salt
a squeeze of orange juice (of half an orange)
Combine dressing in a jar and shake to mix. Assemble salad in a pretty bowl, pour over dressing, stir to incorporate and let sit for 15 minutes. Serve, live long, and prosper!