So Many Ways.
We eat to survive. We eat to connect. We eat to console. We eat to protest. We eat to entertain. We eat to love.
There are so many reasons why we eat, what we eat, how we eat. It is a complex ritualized obsession of ours performed on a daily basis. We shop, organize, prepare, present, serve, portion, chew, digest, and on and on.
At its very basic, food is fuel. Eating is a way to ensure our cells receive the nutrients they need to perform their functions efficiently, or at least adequately. We need protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water everyday of our lives.
The Conscious Part
So, why do we place so much passion behind the food we eat? Why does it matter if it tastes good, feels good, looks good? While there is an evolutionary and biological component to the equation of the answer, the mind-body connection of the equation is just as powerful. And I argue that perhaps it is even more powerful in the end than the physical piece.
There is a part of each one of us that connects to food on a level above what your body needs to survive. This part, this conscious part of us needs something wholly different from the molecular make-up of essential nutrients.
Conscious eating is our focus this week. We will delve into the what, the how, and the when of conscious eating.
Come back tomorrow for what conscious eating really means.
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