I know without a doubt that first we eat with the eyes, and then with the stomach. And when we pause and behold a plate of food before consuming it, I believe we enhance the whole experienct by just being present with each bite.
Before I joyfully jumped into the world of motivational speaking on health and wellness, I spent many years as a food counselor helping people with a wide variety of food issues. The one that I remember most was a mother who came in with her 6 year old son who would only eat 3 things: macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, and plain, buttered pasta. We're talking breakfast, lunch and dinner here!
Now I'm not going to say I worked miracles but by the end of our session, he was showing interest in trying a handful of more foods simply because I showed him beautiful photographs of simple, colorful, kid-friendly food. His eyes would light up with each flip of the page (it pays to have a decent library of foodie books, this one was specifically for children) and he hesitantly nodded his head when asked if he'd try this food if it looked like this on his plate. The bigger lesson here was for the mom, who understood that she had to put a little more thought into making food more appealing, one strawberry fan at a time, instead of offereing an endless stream of colorless, brown fare.
We don't have to know what vitamins and minerals are in each food. If we go for a range of color, that's enough. Every color in the fruit and vegetable kingdom has something wonderful to offer us! This photo is of a delicious shrimp cobb salad I made last week. I could have tossed it all in a bowl with the dressing and served it but I chose instead to plate it with the "rows" of colorful ingredients. I was smiling as I was assembling it and David audibly gasped when I put it on the table. That kind of happy anticipation for a meal HAS to result in better nutrients, better digestion, and better wellbeing, don't you think?
I'm suggesting that we take just a moment before our next prepared meal and add a sprinkle of colorful beauty to our plate to enhance the whole experience which will enhance our health.
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