Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Thoughts on Eating Simply

We waste a lot of food.

I read recently that Americans toss 27 percent of all they food they buy from super markets and restaurants, and that just five percent of that wasted food could feed four million people a day.

Do we need four boxes of cereal? How about just one box and a box of oatmeal?

Does everyone need to have their own individual order when they’re eating out? Does everyone NEED a soda pop?

I don’t think there are many people who haven’t felt that depressing, emotional emptiness after you’ve filled your stomach and emptied your wallet eating dinner out. You secretly wonder: “Where’s the purpose?”

Are we mindlessly buying, micro waving, and eating in an endless cycle that does nothing to truly nurture us. Are we wasting our energy, as well as our food ~ and our money?

But if we feed our bodies well, we nurture our spirit. Either you do, or you don’t ~ and on a very basic level, you know the difference on a very basic level.

So there is an immediate recognition of energy coming back to you when you begin to reign in meaningless routines by being mindful.

If you plan to eat only what you need to be healthy, you’ll find preparing buying and preparing food to be incredibly simple, quite inexpensive, and wonderfully rewarding!

1 comment:

Sheri said...

That's an amazing statistic about the food we toss out. Sad, really.

With three teenage boys, we do buy cereal by the case...and most of the time, it gets eaten. One of my teenagers recently said to me, "Mom, I'm hungry all of the time." And I think with the way he is growing (and eating), he is.

But it's good to recognized that being nourished and feeling nurtured can happen at the same time, but they don't always happen at the same time.

I think it comes down to being mindful.