The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
—Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
How many times have we eaten the same foods and prepared the same meals day in, day out? After a while, we may find ourselves intensely craving other types of food, not realizing that we have become bored of what we’ve been eating.
Variety is the spice of life. Eating a varied diet helps to alleviate boredom and gives us the nutrients we need. Many of us have food separated into two categories: diet foods (good) and splurge or binge foods (bad). Our diet foods may consist of broiled chicken breast, steamed vegetables, and other bland foods. No wonder we find ourselves wanting to go off the deep end!
If this is the case, it’s time to learn new, flavorful and healthy ways of preparing foods. We can make it a goal to learn at least two to three new healthy recipes a month. Food cooked at home has 350-1500 calories less than food eaten at a restaurant. That’s a lot of calories and money saved!
Exploring new foods and recipes can be great fun. If we lack cooking skills, it may be time to take a few cooking classes. They are inexpensive and can give us the confidence to master new skills and techniques. We can also learn to make some healthier versions of some of our favorite foods.
If we find that we eat the same fruits and vegetables all the time, we can take a trip to our local farmer’s market and try some new varieties that are currently in season. Making the most of the season’s bounty and setting a lovely table can go a long way in making healthy eating interesting and fun. It can even bring our family closer together, as the family that breaks bread together stays together.
March is National Nutrition Month. Try eating a new vegetable each week for the month of March. To add more flavor, consider topping vegetables with a tablespoon of salsa, or drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top. Veggies also benefit from a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, fresh spices such as basil, garlic, and pesto, and for added zest, a dash a lemon or some balsamic vinegar.
Am I in a food rut? What can I do to break out of it?
- I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.
- I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
- When you cook things for yourself that you would cook for company it says, “I matter.”
―Catherine L. Taylor
- The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
- The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.
I am open to trying new foods and flavors.
I’m willing to experiment and explore new ways of eating and preparing foods.
Cooking for myself is an act of love and self-nurturing.
I am worth fussing over.
I find chopping and cooking relaxing.
I chop food and wash dishes with mindful awareness.
Eating well is the start of living well.
Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.
What you call this place — God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self — is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.
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Catherine L. Taylor
How You do Food is How You do Life!
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