DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
Life moves by quickly. And, eating has become a means to an end. We consume calories for energy, and we go on. But, we over-eat, because convenience foods are often served in large portions. We swallow larger chunks of food that are hard to digest – because it just takes too long to chew. Over time, we develop many habits that tear us away from our relationship with food.
That’s why there’s a trend toward conscious eating. But, it’s not a new theory. Sitting for hours and enjoying a meal with others has been around for centuries. It’s only in recent times that things have changed, and I hope that by resisting a few modern conveniences that our relationship with food can be wonderful and inspiring.
Creating a space or time in your life for conscious eating is crucial for good digestion, improved nutrition and the long-term health of our food systems. Adding a few of these simple steps can change mealtimes forever:
Essentially, by designing a calming space, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to recognize things that we miss when we’re running from one event to the next with an energy bar in hand. In sitting around the table at home, we have time to appreciate and wonder about many things (and getting little-ones involved can be so much fun, too), like
Getting connected to food can be rewarding. It can help you develop an awareness of what your body needs. You begin to recognize when your digestion is sluggish or energetic. And, you will know when you need a dish that will ground you – or lift you.
I have this wonderful trick for a sluggish system. Add up to a tablespoon of high-quality raw apple cider vinegar to a 2-ounce shot of water and drink it shortly before your meal. It will fire up your digestive juices! It can also help with heartburn after your meal, if you’ve indulged too much.
All of these things help us to tune into our bodies. With ease, we start to recognize important things about ourselves and the food we consume. We can ask ourselves important questions that bring about the change we deserve:
Conscious eating is a big focus for all of my courses, but it is one of the key components of the Rockstar Kitchen Navigator. If you are keen to take the full series, then sign up for my newsletter for more great information and course notifications.
Last night, I hosted “Stocked Up”. My students were amazed at the warming richness and abundant nutrients that bone or veggie stock can provide, and committed to getting their freezer all stocked up for the rest of the winter.
If you missed the first two classes in the series, don’t worry, you’re welcome to join any of the remaining classes. In fact, Veggies 101, hosted on February 8th, is a great class to introduce you to some new vegetables or recipes. You might even get inspired to put some of the veggies in your early spring garden – planting starts soon!
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
Check out my new COOKBOOK! Planting Seeds of Nourishment with over 40 whole-foods based recipes and tons of nutrition info!