Cooking and eating with intention

You are what you eat. To most people this means simply that the vitamins, carbs, and proteins in food build the cells, blood and bones of your body.
However, "you are what you eat" means something far more subtle and powerful. Food is known to directly influence your consciousness and feelings. It can create bliss or anger, contentment or restlessness, thoughts of the sacred or the profane. The quality of the food you eat literally creates your state of mind, emotions and consciousness.
Eating Bliss
Foods that are whole and unadulterated contain more of the intelligence of nature, and thus create more vitality, alertness and happiness when you eat them.
Just think of this. If you eat a meal composed of fresh, organic vegetables, whole grains and lentils lovingly cooked in delicious spices, and garnished, how will you feel afterwards? Contented and satisfied will be the effect.
Now consider how you’d feel after eating a meal consisting of canned vegetables, packaged breads and food fried in rancid oils, served at a fast-food restaurant! The result might be dullness and depression — and even disease if you eat that way every day.
Wholesome foods create positive effect, create bliss, heighten alertness, and are easy to digest. These foods include oranges; almonds; honey; rice and whole grains; milk; fresh, organic vegetables; and organic sweet, juicy fruits such as mango, papaya and pear.
A diet consisting of light, easy-to-digest, foods is recommended for almost anyone. These foods convert rapidly into vital energy, the product of perfect digestion that in turn creates a glow in the skin, sparkle in the eye, and mental, emotional and physical balance.
Foods that should be avoided are ‘lifeless’ foods, those which have been virtually stripped of the vital life giving energy, which create dullness, disease and even aggressive behaviour in the people who make a steady diet of them. Foods devoid of vital energy and aggravating to one’s health include leftovers, packaged, frozen, canned and processed foods, and any old, spoiled or rancid foods. They result in dull thinking, depressed emotions, and physical imbalances.
Cook with Love
When you cook for your friends or family, it’s important to be in a happy frame of mind. Since ancient times, it has been pointed out that the vibration of the cook’s feelings affects the quality of the food.
This is why it’s ideal to serve home-cooked meals whenever possible, because food cooked in a restaurant by strangers will never have the positive energy of a meal cooked by someone who loves you. It’s especially important to cook often for your children. There is nothing to replace a mother’s (or father’s) love, a key ingredient in your child’s food.
And when you’re cooking, focus on the food and make it a settled, conscious event rather than something you’re throwing together under pressure. Turn off the TV, shoo the kids and pets out of the kitchen, and give yourself time to enjoy the simple act of smelling the spices, feeling the textures of the foods, playing with the colours, and having fun. Or, if your kids, friends or spouse like to help, get them involved, too. Make meal preparation a happy time. Your positive thoughts and feelings will make the meal a true feast.
Eat in a happy environment
Finally, it’s important to eat your food in a settled, happy, environment. Make your food and table arrangements attractive to the eye, and make sure your dining area is clean, pleasant, sunny and well-ventilated.
It’s ideal to eat with your family or good friends, and enjoy light, quiet conversation. You don’t want to get involved in intense discussions or arguments at the table, as this will certainly make it impossible to digest your food.
You can also eat in silence if you are alone, as focusing on the flavours of the food will help in digesting it. Resist the impulse to switch on the TV or radio. You’ll feel better and more settled if you create a more sacred, calm atmosphere around the act of eating.
Taking a few minutes to give thanks for your food before eating is a traditional practice all around the world. It’s a chance to remember that food is a living part of creation, and when you eat you are absorbing the infinite energy and intelligence of nature.
Finally, after you’re done, don’t rush off right away. Linger a few minutes at the table to help your digestion begin properly. And give yourself a chance to savour the satisfaction of sharing a delicious meal with those you love.
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7 thoughts on “Cooking and eating with intention

  1. LAIRD

    With america growing GM crops, much to the disgust of most of the rest of us, what is organic today? The air we breathe is so full of pollution that the rain and rivers irrigating this ‘organic’ food must be affected to a certain degree. As in the oceans where heavy metals build up and are found in dangerous levels in Tuna ect, it follows that the soil absorbs the same pollutants.
    I never go in a fast food restauraunt – 1:  the gunge they serve is tasteless 2: the profits,[taxes]  help american economic imperialism.  As you say "‘lifeless’ foods, those which have been virtually stripped of the vital life giving energy, create dullness, disease and even aggressive behaviour in the people who make a steady diet of them" that explains a lot regarding a certain countries foreign, ‘defence’ policies.

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  2. Cindy

    Hi Kate,
     
    Just dropped in to drool over your fabulous scenery and wish I could soothe my frazzled soul at your peaceful santuary. 
     
    I apologize for not resisting the mighty temptation to respond to Laird’s America bashing.  While our current President has definitely given us a black eye around the world, I hardly think we are responsible for ALL the world’s ills including rotten eating habits and I’ve yet to hear the ‘McDonald’s made me do it’ rationale for the war although I wouldn’t rule anything out (they’ve certainly tried lots of other excuses).  Dear, darling Laird … we are hardly the first, only or last country with aggressive foreign, ‘defense’ policies.  Please forgive us our arrogance and short-sightedness as we forgive you your faults … hmmm?

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  3. Kenneth

     
    Hello Kate.
                       
    To cook good food the cook must be in a good mood, yes that sounds about right.
    I always new when my mother was in a bad mood, she would serve me two slices of dry bread with a dogs bone in it, my mother had a weird sence of humor.
    I never eat fast, junk or any food that my instinct tells me is not beneficial to my wellbeing.
    Many years ago my G/father offered me in one hand an apple, in the other hand was cupped a bar of chocolate, I choose the apple and my skin is still glowing. 
                                                  Kenny.
     
     
     
     

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  4. The Divine Mrs M

    hiya kate! thanks for being my live space buddy!  🙂
    i spent quite a few hours last night listening to a discussion on late night radio about nutrition.
    it does make ye stop and think.
    i have bad eating habits and practices. Number one crime is that i eat very late at night.. i have long struggled to put a stop to this.
    I genuinly love fresh food..and i dont shun fruit or vegetables, but there are some (fast) foods which im still struggling to wave bye bye to..forever!!!
    packets of instant noodles.. thats one of them, and they are such bad news..nearly 18gms of fat in ONE packet!!! 😦
    and crisps… too easy..unfortunately 😦
    and then Pizzas and takeway curries..those are my downfalls…(along with fried breakfasts)
    ..so this morning i was thinking? ..ok eat healthy! …so for breakfast i had home made porridge.. and some skimmed milk
    good start i thought?. at lunchtime i had two slices of wholmeal bread..with slices of fresh tomato and mild cheddar..toasted.and some live bio yoghurt afterwards.
    at teatime i had sausage and chips.
    *note the abscence of fresh fruit and veg for the days intake…I see i still have a way to go at working on it,
    im not big on cakes or biscuits or sweets *i have a nut allergy and so i do have to be careful..
    i love museli but i cant eat most brand stuff, so i do make my own sometimes..
    but yes i think every second that we spend seriously considerng and planning our nutritional intake has got to be well worth it for the sake of our health!  🙂
    mags x

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  5. zizicmp3

    hello I allowed myself to visit your space I always leave a trace of my passage good day friendships olive-tree

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  6. Rog

    Well you certainly tapped a rich vein when you started on about the quality of food these days! Kate, I have a hard time remembering when was the last time I sat down and ate a meal in a happy frame of mind and chatted quietly through it. I have no disagreement with anything that you have written. I just never seem to be able to achieve it! There is always the need for more cash just to cover the standard stuff, let alone anything to do with well being. Jeez well being to a back seat years ago, it doesn’t even come calling these days. Wake up in the morning and know I cheated the bony bugger with a scythe again is about as good as it gets for a helluva lot of folks! Me included. I’m not knocking what you are saying in any way. I just don’t believe it’s what most of us experience every day. Without a good cash buffer it’s work/sleep/work/sleep. I sure wish it wasn’t!!
     

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