Monday, February 27, 2012

What do you think about during a meal?

I have a philosophy about meal times.  While eating, I generally think about the food I am eating.  In other words, I'm not making out a to-do list, debating politics or solving major crises.  I am observant of the colors on my plate - greens, deep crimson, brilliant orange - and considering the nutrients they will deliver to my body.  I am experiencing gratefulness, that in an often difficult world, I have nourishing food available to feed myself and my family. 

I try to uphold this philosophy when eating alone or with other people.  I avoid those stress inducing conversations, and try to talk about the food we are eating; which ingredients are local, which are organic.  I talk about what we might grow in the garden this year, or some shared activities, like a hike on a favorite trail, that we might be involved in. 

It seems that my body will be more receptive to the nutrients and vitality of my sustenance, if I take it in with appreciation and good energy, rather than ingesting bitter topics and negativity along with my meal.  I may be way off base scientifically, but it works for me.  What do YOU think about during a meal?

10 comments:

Pom Pom said...

Oh, I think about the food, too! You should see me relish ruby red grapefruit. I admire the color, the texture, the taste, and I say YUMMY over and over again.
We should overflow with gratefulness. I quiet agree, Aisling!

Aisling said...

MMmmm. Ruby Red Grapefruit! I haven't had one in a while. I like the way you expressed it: "We should overflow with gratefulness." Exactly!

Thank you for visiting, my friend!

linda said...

oh my aisling, how lovely i sent this to you (again)... and i still mean it too. xx

but i am quite embarrassed too! and irritated further with blogger.

let me explain... this was a draft that i republished during the night. i don't know why it published as a current post tho but blogger is so messed up.
i fear google will take over all our rights to our blogs once they change over.

truly i did give it to you tho ;) i have always loved your writing and it was fun to reread those i had chosen again. i always loved your site and miss those sunday strolls. xoxoxo

Aisling said...

Oh Linda. The trials and tribulations of blogging! No wonder I don't do it as often any more. Why ADD stress to life? I've mostly appreciated blogging and reading blogs as a serene and uplifting form of communication. GLITCHES totally undermine that!

Anyway, thanks again! :)

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Most of the time I eat by myself.
Usually light a candle and just
enjoy the flavors of the food and how thankful I am at my age to have returned to my homeplace.
Main thoughts - if any
Thankfulness.

kerrdelune said...

Just the food, a lighted beeswax candle nearby and soft music help the ambiance along nicely. I've often thought that to eat food while contemplating miseries is anything but nourishing.

Aisling said...

Thank you for commenting, my like-minded friends!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Aisling, I think that's call mindful eating, and I wish I practiced it more. Very cool. Love your new blog.~~Dee

Aisling said...

Dee, Thanks for the nice note! I am hoping to get back to more blogging this spring. I just seem to be doing SO many things these days!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Missing you
Know you are busy...
Hope all is well.