Do you ever take the time to think about where your food comes from? Who had to handle it? How long did they work that day? Were they paid fair labour for the job? Were they treated respectfully?
Or how about what might possibly be happening in the region that particular food item comes to you from? Could this be affecting the availability or perhaps the price?
We have all at one time or another been disappointed, cursed about it or even said we weren’t shopping at that store anymore because they never have what we need! What about if we started to eat and look at food from a different perspective? A mindful perspective.
So what could that look like? One of the ways to begin is with an attitude of gratitude. Let’s be thankful that there first is food available to us. Think for a moment about the complete process of farm to table and what that might look like. Or the food developers and the passion, patience and perseverance it took for them to develop, manufacture and eventually retail that product. Not to mention the expense in doing so!
Next, what if we were to be mindful of the season by eating what is growing at that time. Fresh berries, lettuces, vegetables and herbs in the summer and then preparing for the next season by enjoying the harvest of fall and then again for the long winter months by preserving, canning and resting our bodies.
Learning new skills such as preserving, baking breads and pies. Making your own nut milks, jams and dressings. Being mindful of waste and perhaps composting what food waste there is. And of course proper food storage, food rotation and new recipes to make with that endless supply of squash!
The beginning of mindful eating is exactly that, thinking for a moment instead of taking it for granted. Chewing slowly to savour the flavour and appreciating the hands that prepared it. The messages we tell ourselves as we look at food, think about food and then consume it, greatly affects how our bodies will receive and process it.