During a recent family visit, we reminisced about how my mom would make a heart-shaped meatloaf and individual heart-shaped Jell-O desserts for our Valentine’s Day dinner when we were kids.
While the meal was tasty, what made it the most memorable was the best ingredient of all: love.
When food is prepared with love, it embodies an energetic quality that nourishes us on a much deeper level than food hastily prepared without much care or consideration for those consuming it.
Think about some of your most memorable meals. Were they infused with love?
Cooking for One
Some of my clients declare they don’t like to cook for themselves.
Why bother going to all the trouble? They either pop a frozen dinner into the microwave, order take-out, or dine on cheese and crackers.
When they start cooking for themselves to improve their physical health, they are surprised to discover how their homemade meals also elevate their mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
They hadn’t anticipated how profoundly nourishing it is to slow down and devote time, energy and care toward thoughtfully planning, preparing and consuming their meals.
An Act of Self-Love
Cooking for yourself is an act of self-love. It shows you’re worth the effort.
I love the ritual of selecting ingredients at my local farmers’ market to prepare meals for myself.
While I enjoy cooking for others, I find the experience of crafting my own meals to be very meditative, grounding, therapeutic, pleasurable, empowering, rewarding, and nourishing on every level.
If you currently view cooking for yourself or others as a burden, I encourage you to start adding love into the mix. It truly is the most powerful ingredient you can infuse your food with.
P.S. "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients." –Julia Child