It’s funny that this week’s theme is food. It has been on my mind a lot lately. I recently did a post about being thankful for it. I remember going through picky phases as a kid and not wanting to eat certain foods. My mom would tell me about children starving that would be delighted to eat out of the garbage.
That struck a cord when I realized these weren’t fictitious people she was making up to guilt me into eating my spinach, quiche and gravy smothered chicken. It made me think about those children, want to help them. I wanted to find a way to freeze my left overs, maybe even purposely eat half of my food instead of all of it to be able to feed them.
My eyes were opened and I began to realize that the starving children weren’t only in Africa. There were people starving in the city we lived in. Over the years I volunteered in soup kitchens, signed up to pack meals for children to take home that didn’t eat meals outside of the food provided for them at school breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday. I am very thankful to be able to go to a store and chose what I want to eat out of craving, desire and nutrition. I especially love to cook on the weekend when I have time and I can go to the store and pick out the ingredients to go home and take my time and put all of my love into the dish I serve my family. I love the aroma that floods the house from the kitchen, the way it makes your mouth water and stomach growl in anticipation of the meal we share. I enjoy the experience not just of filling our stomachs but sitting at the table together, talking, laughing, and being together. And of course I enjoy the food that I put so much time, love and effort into making.
These days when I think of food, I’m in a transition. My body has started to crave less meat and more fruits and vegetables. It’s going on three weeks since I stopped eating sweets (for the most part- maybe a small cookie here and there). Last weekend was meat free at my retreat with the exception of fried fish for dinner. This week I had several meat free days and had tuna and chicken a couple of days. I know that if I drop meat like a hot potato that I won’t last. The power of the mind, if you tell me I can’t have something I want it more. So I’m changing my thought process. Instead of not being able to have it, I just want to reduce my consumption and see where it goes.
I’m interested in the argument that humans aren’t intended to be omnivores. My eyes were opened to the treatment of animals that wind up on my plate. I’m intrigued by the notion of being more in tune with my mind and body by excluding meat. These are really the main factors for me entertaining the vegetarian lifestyle the second time around. I tried it once before a few years ago but allowing myself fish and I did pretty good for about four months until Thanksgiving rolled around and I caved, it was too much and I wasn’t ready. This time around it has been more of a process and I’m hopeful it will become a lifestyle.
This is part of the Saturday Stream of Consciousness series hosted by Linda. I found this by way of the February Love Is In Da Blog challenge I’ve participated in which will unfortunately be coming to a close as of Monday. Thank you for reading. I enjoy your feedback and thoughts, so don’t be afraid to leave a comment- I’ll respond as soon as I can.