Food For the Brain As Medicine
What I put in my mouth is generally the best indicator of how in tune I am with my purpose. In fact, if I don’t want to cook for myself I am either going through extreme personal changes or sick. In no way am I a purist about food. But I do believe that real food is brain food. And when I am living “on purpose” my eating habits are generally in line.
Let me share a recipe from a favorite cookbook that a good, good friend gave me. It is “I am Grateful,” by Terces Engelhart. This little cookbook is filled with organic, living food recipes. I use these recipes as a point of meditation when preparing my meals and as a source of delicious nutrition. The cookbook reminds me of the absolute place in life for gratitude, the need to trust one’s inner knowing what your body needs; but more importantly, it reminds me of the need to act on that knowing when addressing change. Take this simple recipe on page 46:
Citrus Garlic Dressing
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon oil
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1/2 orange
The instructions say “taste the dressing for its flavor.” As in life, the recipe is straight-forward yet so complex. So on a day like today as I think about how I am growing, I face my fears and welcome change.
Do you live to eat or eat to live? And do you consider food medicine?