MM: Bringing Gratitude into your Life.
I am just bubbling over with happiness from this weekend. There are so many wonderful things I'm grateful for. I'll get to them in a minute, don't you worry. This week I'm going to move away from my previous Macrobiotic Mondays posts on food, ingredients, and recipes, and instead emphasize attitude and the energetic connection between food, mentality (especially gratitude) and health.
Chewing = calm brain = gratitude & a happy belly
A big big big big BIG part of Macrobiotics is the simple act of chewing your food. Really chewing it. Basically, you should be able to drink your food, and you should practice chewing your drinks!
One of the great benefits of chewing lots --- besides the obvious ease & comfort it gives your digestive system --- is the meditative quality of slowing down. When you chew lots it's calming. It's a quiet repetitive action that allows your mind to soften. And when you become relaxed, the food you eat actually takes on that quality. (On the other hand, eating in a hurried frenzy creates a hurried frenzy in your belly, trust me).
And for me, chewing slowly really does create an attitude of gratitude. You really get to explore your food when you eat slowly. And inevitably, that exploration paves the way to feeling SO SO SO happy to have such healthy food on your plate, because chewing high quality food actually makes it taste better (and the reverse with poor quality food). With all the crazy situations going on the world, being able to sit down in peace & quiet, and chew brown rice well, feels like a luxury. It's an honor. And I'm so grateful for this.
I am continually amazed and surprised at what the simple act of preparing good, clean food can do for the body, mind, and soul. Slow, wholesome eating creates a grounded mind, and a grounded mind allows the body to better receive nutrients from the food you are eating.
I think it's even possible that slowly eating well-chewed poor quality food while in a calm/happy mental state could be overall better for you than eating amazing food while distressed or angry. What do you think?
Creating gratitude and enjoying the things you do have makes you feel better. And when you feel better you digest better, and all the research these days says that health begins in the gut. So think about all the good things in the life, and pave the way to better digestion & health.
Some super happy things I'm grateful for:
Other than my awesome guy, T, & my wonderful family, of course.
I finally got to attend a Macrobiotic class!!
Thank you so much to Mandy & Cory (hey guys!) for hosting the lovely Shauna from She Cooks Macro. And let me tell you, Shauna is just as pretty & professional as her blog is! Wowza! Such a wonderful lady, and I feel so lucky to have crossed paths with her. It was beyond wonderful to be able to ask questions and learn in person. And M & C were so so so kind and welcoming, and beyond generous ---> I walked outta there with Jessica Porter's new book: The MILF Diet. I feel just overwhelmed and spoiled. And I'm so happy to meet other macro friends in Edmonton. Thanks so much, & I can't wait to hang out again.
And an Ayurveda Class
I got to further indulge my food/nutrition gluttony for learning by attending an Ayurveda class at my Yoga studio. I always find it intriguing to learn about Ayurveda. The teacher was extremely knowledgeable, and it was very interesting to notice how similar it is to Macrobiotics. Very similar messages, in slightly different packaging. They are both wonderful, ancient, all-encompassing healing systems focused on whole foods. Plus hanging out with yoga peeps talking food can never be bad!
I feel so happy to have had my friend Sarah (hey lady!) along with me for both these classes. Love this girl! I'm also beyond happy & excited about meeting new Macrobiotic friends...YES! And of course, spending time with my yoga pals.
Another Trip to the Ocean
I'm leaving today to the West Coast again for a few weeks. I feel beyond lucky to smell the wonderful ocean air, and go for walks outside in the grass and flowers. And this time my camera is coming along, so I can provide some foodie pics of all the lovely vegan / vegetarian / hippie eats along the way.
What are you grateful for RIGHT NOW!?