Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Emotion of Eating

What else are you swallowing with your meal?

What do you think of when you see this picture? How does it make you feel? Who does it connect you to? Where did this food come from? Who has handled it? Was it made with love and thanksgiving?

With the rise of industrial food, we have become more and more disconnected from our meals. Other than loads of chemicals, fillers, toxins, altered fats, refined carbohydrates, and high fructose corn syrup, what else are we ingesting?


What about this picture? What kind of emotion does this provoke in you? For me it is warmth, connection, and healing.

Warmth - Homemade food is full of warmth and love. Food just tastes better when it's been made with loving hands.

Connection - By eating local and seasonal, you can connect with the earth in a very intimate way. You get a variety in taste and in nutrition. Just think of a crisp cucumber from the garden in August, and of a comforting pumpkin in November. How beautifully the earth produces foods that are perfect for our bodies in the different seasons. By eating at home and with local ingredients you can also connect with those that grow your food. You can know the land and the hands that your food has been in. I just can't say the same thing for McDonalds. Can you?

Healing - Everytime we sit down for a meal we are making a choice. One step closer to health, or one step away. Healthy, homemade food brings us healing in so many more ways than one. Food like that can bring families together after a long day to recconnect. It can comfort and uplift. Food is healing to the body and the soul.

Food is not just food. Food is celebration, beauty, joy, and health.

Sit down. Breath. Light a candle. Enjoy laughter and a warm meal with your family. Feed your body and your soul.


  1. Megan,

    Such a great post! I have a dear friend who just posted something about MC Donalds on facebook the other day that was posted in the New York Times. It's amazing! The name of the post was McDonald’s Hamburgers Almost Entirely Indestructible. Here is the link is your interested:

    We have been on this same journey for quite sometime. I have seen amazing difference with myself and my family. I really need to sit down and start a new blog :)

    Have a wonderful night!

  2. Brooklyn,

    Thanks for sharing that article. So disgusting!

    Have a great weekend :)


  3. Absolutely true! When we pass a fast food chain and our kids ask to eat there, I always say "Why? There is no love in that food."

    Thanks for joining in the fun today!

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  4. what a beautiful post.
    when i see the 'happy meal' it makes me really sad for a whole variety of reasons.
    that little heart in the middle of a wholesome bowl of soup makes me so very happy (not only because i have that same cookie cutter) to know there are other women who feel the same way as i do about nourishing food.
    blessings to you,

  5. What am great post! It's easy to forget that a real "happy meal" is made at home with love and shared with the ones you love :-)