Make eating an experience (preferably a good one!)

Another day, another post about one of my favourite activities – eating.

Eating is something we all do and it can be very comforting and rewarding. By choosing the right foods to eat, you can improve your health, your attitude and your overall happiness and outlook in life.

I was always of the mind that food is about the moment – the taste and the satisfaction you get from mowing down (or inhaling without really tasting anything). Since I’ve made some changes in my life, food has become more about the experience – not only what I feel while I’m eating but also what I feel when I’m cooking and afterward, when I enjoy the benefits of what I just ate.

I was chatting with a friend about this recently. She explained that she takes time to cut up her morning fruit, admiring their textures and colours. We talked about how preparing food can be just as rewarding as eating it. Taking the time to admire what you’re working with, and to know what you’re putting in the meal you’re about to eat puts your brain on the right track (not quite the same track you head down when peeling back the plastic film of a Hungry Man dinner.) A friend shared the picture below on Facebook and I thought it was pretty neat. You never know about information that circulates on social media but this seems legit from the little I know (and I think we can all agree that eating any of this stuff can only benefit you!)

Fruits and veggies - benefits

I just want to eat all of this. And is that man’s middle name seriously ‘Avocado’? Must be related to Gweneth Paltrow…

To me, eating better is not about cutting out everything you find delicious and replacing it with a salad. It’s about striking a balance and making sure you stick to nutritious foods more often. It’s so easy and I wish I had started sooner, but there ya go.

Jim and I experimented with a one-pot noodle recipe this past week that was so EASY and so delicious, it is a MUST share. The one-pot sesame peanut noodle & vegetable took me about 20 minutes to prep for and cooks in 9. This is a perfect meal for a busy family looking for something healthy, hearty and just plain delicious! And I love the idea of throwing everything in one pot – it’s easy for people like me who aren’t great multi-taskers and it also makes for an easy clean-up!

I actually made this recipe on Saturday night, rather than ordering a pizza. I can’t explain how much more satisfied my belly, mind and wallet were after this meal was consumed!

On the subject of food experiences, my brother wrote to me this week about a happy one that I thought I would share with you:

I worked a legit 13 hours yesterday and I invited a few random people over for spaghetti. I assumed because it was late, nobody would show – but they all did. I made them dinner and watched them socialize in my living room. When it came time to serve, I didn’t have enough plates and cutlery so I had to ask my neighbour for some. I was exhausted but watching those people enjoy my food and hospitality was phenomenal. Nothing beats doing good things for others – and with good food to boot!

There are countless benefits to food when you make it an experience instead of a chore. I promise you that you will feel better if you eat an orange for a snack instead of a doughnut or granola bar. And you might just feel a little better too if you share your snack or dinner with someone you enjoy. 🙂

Share your happy food experiences below – I would love to hear them!

Oh and, just because, here’s a pic of two of my favourite animals on the planet, Bear and Athena. Enjoy the cuteness overload!

Bear and Athena enjoying a lazy Saturday

Bear and Athena enjoying a lazy Saturday

*******Change is good, Donkey*******