I LOVE food. This love affair started at a young age when Ma McCarthy had me eating tuna alfafa sprouts sandwiches on rye bread. My mom was a hard working lady - she managed to raise 2 monkeys (my brother and I) and work a full-time job. She would awake at 5:30a.m. everyday and make our lunches. She started work for 7 or 7:30 and would always make sure she got home early enough to make a delicious and nutritious dinner. Back in the day, when eating healthy meant eating based on Canada's Food Guide, she always made sure we had all the food groups on our plate. Even though she was a busy mom, a wonderful wife and a smartie pants in microbiology (telling doctors what bacteria they had growing in their patients throat lol) my mom made time for a love note in my lunch box.
I had a plastic orange "Muppets" lunch box that my mom neatly packed all the food groups into every morning. These little love notes were short and sweet. They would go something like this: "Joy, you are special young girl who lights up a room. I love you. Have a wonderful day! Love mom." Regardless of what my mom made in my lunch box, it was the love that she put into making it for me everyday that made it nutritious. I truly believe that the energy and love you put into your food when you are cooking for your family or your friends makes a huge impact on the nutritional value of your food - the energy of your food.
Now I know that some of you may be raising one eyebrow at me here!! So for the skeptics, CHECK THIS - the work of Masuru Emoto: http://www.life-enthusiast.com/twilight/research_emoto.htm.
This is fascinating stuff people! Masuru experimented with water and he photographed ice crystals that formed when the water was frozen while being exposed to different music, words and certain environmental conditions. Ice crystals formed beautiful symmetrical works of art when exposed to soothing music, or words of love and the opposite occurred with messages of hate ie. Hitler. So you see, the energy emitted from positive and negative messaging yields very different results. If this is true for ice crystals, then the same is true for our food.
Have you ever noticed that if you are upset or pissed off/angry when cooking food, that it doesn't taste as good? Even if you haven't noticed, I encourage you to prepare your food with love. Love is energy and sending positive energy into precisely what is going to nourish your cells is a fabulous idea! Even if you think this idea is fluff, does it hurt to try? I think not! :)
So next time you are cooking, try this out and tell me what happens?!!
Eat well | Live well | Be well!
Nutritionist & Fitness Coach