A Feast For the Eyes

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.  

From your motivational speaker who's feeling a little peckish…


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Your colorful salad looks nummy! Thought of you last week when making a cranberry, avacado, lime, cilantro, honey dip. I'm anchoring motivational speaker Polly to colorful, healthy food.

  2. Whoa!  I need that recipe, Colette!  Pigment Power!

  3. Okay, Polly. I need you to come work magic at my house! My son is the kid who doesn't like too much beyond nuggets, hot dogs, pasta, and pizza – food that touches – food with specks – or food with any kind of weird texture. I've been working really hard to get him to eat other stuff.  We have had a couple of big breakthroughs – he now loves lettuce and green beans and carrots – but it's taking every ounce of creativity and energy I have. So thank you for giving me some more tips to help develop healthy happy eating habits in my son who is already about two feet taller than every other kid his age. Imagine if he ate well!

  4. Polly – this really is a fantastic blogpost.  I'm going to share it immediately.  In our hurry-up, get it done now, no time to waste lives, it's SO easy just to slam something down and run out the door.  There are SO many reasons to do what you say here – not the least of which is – it's more FUN and ENJOYABLE this way!  PLUS – I LOVE the idea that we can don't need to know all the nutrients in our food – just go for color!  Thanks so much! Off to share now..

  5. I gotta hand it to you – everytime I try to prepare something, I seem to snack on it as I'm preparing it and then it's not much when I'm done!  Congrats for being so thoughtful in what you do, preparing such beautifuly healthy meals.  

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