The Ceremony of Food

flowers-with-lightingA pleasing arrangement of flowers in the garden nourishes my love of artful design.

Listening to the Goldberg Variations satisfies my craving for beauty in music.

Try engaging all of your senses by actively connecting purpose, tactile sensation, appearance, aroma, and sound, with the deliciousness of a meal or snack.

There is fun and enjoyment in creating ceremony for food. A handful of nuts placed inside a whimsical china bowl transforms a small snack into a rather more important and filling treat. Wouldn’t it look even prettier with few bits of colorful and nutritious dried fruit?

Today I chose a minimalist black on black stoneware plate to serve as the backdrop for a perfect Fuji apple. It was enjoyable to slice and arrange the juicy slivers into a pretty spiral of off white, red, pink, and yellow. Not only was it gorgeous, but I do believe that apple had superior aroma and crispy crunch!

Pause and take a mindful breath. See if you are able to bring the fruit to life in your imagination. Could you picture it as well if you had just grabbed any old apple and mindlessly eaten the thing while playing on-line Sudoku? Likely not, as it is the art of paying attention to your senses that make apples so satisfying and memorable. Food remembered is more likely to be logged for successful weight loss.

It’s nice to stop and smell the roses… or the gerbera daisies. I think instead I’ll stop and see, smell, feel, listen to, and taste an orange – hmmmm, which of my bowls would look best with an orange?

Peace,

Janice

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