This last weekend at the market showed the true sign that we can source just about anything our hearts desire (that can grow here). When melons show up at the market, the only thing left really, are the pears and apples. So with that, the world of flavour is your oyster! But wait... Some food for thought -
Nourishment has been turned upside down from us using our intuition and instinct. We search for what we have been conditioned to believe "tastes good". Take fast food, french fries deep fried in GMO oil dipped in white sugar with tomato flavour, aka ketchup. I'm going to ask you to consider that if this sounds tasty to you, contemplate deepening your idea (yes flavour's just an idea) of flavour to include how it tastes to your overall health. A guilty pleasure. Strong words.
I want to introduce a yoga concept for your new eating perspective. Ahimsa, it is the practice of non-violence. When you decide what tastes good, try including the principle of Ahimsa, that is, eat without hurting yourself. (I could take it further to say that it's hurting the planet when you eat that industrial food too, but let's first start with you).
In my own process of healing my relationship with food (which is on-going), I went through an actual phase of repulsion for a lot of food. I only wanted plain flavours, my body would even manifest hives from overly processed foods, especially those with chemical preservatives and MSG. A bag of greens was satisfying. An apple. Plain tea. Good sourdough with butter. Food simply prepared and even better, grown or raised by a friend. I don't suggest you force this pattern but embrace it, if it does come. This means you are relearning food! Let the process begin. How beautiful! Recipes need not be complicated and based on flavour alone any longer, but on the quality of how that food nourishes you. To me this is now really what tastes Good.
In getting to know your food sources and having peace and joy from those foods, it goes further in transforming your food to something nourishing by changing how you receive it...
From a discourse on eating by Osho, a Zen Buddhist and non-conventional teacher who lived in India, “A violent diet does not only mean that a man eats non-vegetarian food. It is also a violent diet when a man eats with anger. Both of these things are violent. While eating in anger, in suffering, in worry, man is also eating violently. He does not realize at all that just as he is violent when eating the flesh of something else, so when his own flesh burns up inside due to anger and worry, violence is present there too. Then the food which he is eating cannot be non-violent.”
Put your defenses back down guys. In case the vegetarian commentary brought them up. I am opening the discussion because it is all a part of our relationship to food on this planet, and it is my intention to, in my own way, help heal the way our food system has devolved.
So, next time you want fries, find a good potato source, some tomatoes and sure, use some organic cane sugar, to whip up the ketchup. Find good oil. Take your time. Forget about convenience, eat less, and less often (that's next week's journal). Enjoy the process, and eat with contentment and joy.
Peace out xo