Have you ever wondered why your Grandmother’s food tastes better than just about anything on the planet? Why does your Mom’s apple pie make you feel so safe, happy and loved? How can your Dad’s ribs be that good? You may think it’s all the butter or sugar or the secret family recipe. Yes, that must surely be the explanation.
Does that imply our families have the culinary skills of the great chefs of the world? Is that why home cooked meals seem so nourishing? Well, I don’t know about your family but my family cooks have never had any formal training.
My Nana has never gone to a class for her hand-made yeast rolls she’s made for 60 years. And when we eat her home-made ice cream that has a ton of raw eggs in it, why is it we have NEVER gotten e-coli or salmonella? We’ve eaten it that way all my life. Must just be good luck, you say. Maybe, but I want to propose a deeper answer.
There are some yogis and gurus in this world who will only allow certain people to prepare their food. They believe that we’re all energy beings and that our food gets infused with the energy of the person preparing it. So if someone has negativity in their consciousness, than that negative energy gets into the food that is prepared and passed on to the person who eats it.
This may seem like a crazy idea to some of you, but if you really stop to think about it, it makes sense. Think back to the home-cooked meals that were so comforting. Don’t you think your Mom or Grandmother had love in their hearts while making your chicken soup when you had the flu? Maybe it wasn’t just the ingredients of the soup that helped you heal. I believe it was the positive intention of the preparer just as much as the chicken and broth.
This concept can also be seen in the idea of wanting to eat meat or eggs from animals treated humanely. Some think that if the animals were under stress while living, that this stress will be passed on to the person consuming them. It’s also why some only want to eat pasture-raised eggs and not eggs from chickens crammed into cages. Do stressed-out chickens produce stressed-out eggs? It definitely makes sense to me.
Love – The Secret Ingredient
I believe that the ability of food to nourish us has less to do with the actual ingredients than with the love and energy that was present when it was prepared. I’ve had expensive restaurant meals that should’ve been amazing, but for some unexplained reason, they weren’t. All the ingredients should’ve added up to a spectacular meal. Why did I leave the restaurant feeling kind of off?
Maybe the chef had a fight with his wife that day. Perhaps the cook was disgruntled at having to work late. Sometimes the food just isn’t nourishing or satisfying. The food wasn’t prepared with love. I think energy and intention has everything to do with how we feel after consuming food someone has prepared for us.
5 Ways to Incorporate more LOVE into your Food:
- I want to challenge you to become more mindful while you prepare your food. I even venture to say that if you’re in a bad mood, don’t cook! Wait until your mood changes. You’re not doing yourself or your family any favors by eating food prepared in a grouchy mood.
- If you go into a restaurant and the energy of the place feels a little off, LEAVE! Go where you know who’s preparing the food. Introduce yourself to the chef. I promise if that person feels appreciated, they will infuse your food with love and positivity.
- Become more knowledgeable of where your food comes from. Get to know your local farmers, ranchers, etc. Knowing how your food was treated will let you know how the food will treat you!
- Actively think loving thoughts as you prepare your food. Think about positive things. Infuse your food with good health and well-being.
- Bless your food before eating it. You can say a traditional prayer of thanks with your family. Or just say a silent thank-you. I place both hands above my meal and say silently, “Thank you for this food that I am receiving. May it heal, strengthen, nourish and repair every cell in my body and mind.”
Being more mindful of the love and energy we consume will have a direct impact on your health and well-being. I would love to know your thoughts on this. Are you making your food with love?
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