Mindful Cooking (Part I)
“The food you eat can be either the safest
and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
First of all we need to set our consciousness towards wellness and well-being, and definitely not illness. Because at the end of the day we all want to be healthy in our body, mind and soul.
This week let’s take a look at mindful cooking, and setting our consciousness with a healthy intention before we begin the whole process of cooking. Perhaps you are a meditator, if so, then you will notice a difference in your thoughts and awareness if you practice being mindful, that is being consciously present when preparing and eating food. From personal experience you will know that when you do this, then the whole energy and vibration around food, cooking and eating will change for the better.
To keep our mind and soul well we have to take care of our thoughts, attitude and feelings. We can explore this a little more next week. But for now, let us explore the needs of our body, and what will help to keep us fit and healthy.
Drink lots of water, exercise well, make sure that you get a good night’s sleep. Get off those gadgets a good couple of hours before bedtime to help to prepare the mind and body for rest and repair mode. Supplement the diet with vitamins and minerals where there may be something lacking, and consult your doctor if you are on medication where necessary.
It begins in fact from the moment we go to buy our food. As we make our way to the supermarket, it is good to maintain a clear and focused mind – so we select only the right ingredients, which will nourish and enrich our total health. Try to buy and use food items that are as close to their original nature as possible. Do not be pulled into the chocolate aisle or the pastry section! The less processed the foods are the better. Continue to exercise positive self-talk and this will help a lot, so that we only pick and choose the healthiest of ingredients because we respect our body.
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”
Once we bring home the goods, and begin to put them away, we can also fill our spirit with joy as we simultaneously fill up our pantry. Feelings of abundance in the kitchen, as in every other area of our life, believe it or not, can also attract prosperity in the bank account too!
With the advent of the fast food industry, many of us have moved so far away from the touch and feel of preparing real food from scratch that we have also forgotten the taste of real food. We have become disconnected from Nature, having forgotten that our bodies themselves are also part of Nature and the five elements. Processed food that is overloaded with additives, preservatives and artificial flavour enhancers, dulls our palates and deadens our senses – in every sense, physically and mentally!
Eating good, healthy and well-cooked food is a sign of self-regard. Eating effectively ‘dead food’ also speaks volumes about our level of self-respect. Have we perhaps moved so far into our busy lives that we don’t even care to look at what we eat any more? Sometimes it seems to be straight from the packet and into the mouth!
When we value our body, not in an arrogant way, but as a trustee of an important instrument given to us on loan, then we value ourselves. Not only that, but we will get a great deal more mileage out of this vehicle, the body, that the soul uses to get around!
“Health is not about the weight you lose, but about the life you gain.”
Dr Josh Axe
Taking the time to become a mindful cook is something that will be worthwhile experimenting with. When we eat food cooked from the heart then we can feel that love that is there in the food. We call that good old fashioned mother’s cooking and for good reason too. It is actually the love that sustains us the most.
It’s Time… to put the love, care and attention back into our meals. This simple change will go a long way in helping us create a powerful state of mind. Our body too will thank us with good health.
Written by Aruna Ladva and Marion Highman
© ‘It’s Time…’ by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London, UK