You are what you eat

I just wanted to post this while it’s fresh in my mind.
I just watched this documentary on how the food we eat is directly related to who and what we are.
Most people don’t make that connection between these very simple things. You can prepare a meal and provide someone nourishment and that’s one of the greatest and most valuable gifts you can give.
My mother in law is coming Sunday, I told her I was going to make Lasagna. She said, “Why don’t we just go to Olive Garden?”
To me the answer is very simple… you live 200 miles away and we don’t see you. The very last thing I want to do is waste the time we have sitting in the car and sitting in a crowded restaurant. I would much rather prepare you a meal and sit with you and enjoy it. The gratification is worth every ounce of work.
I’m also a vegetarian, so are my children. We’ve received a lot of flack for this. Most of which I’ve allowed to roll off my back. But yet again, here we are at this really significant connection between us and the Earth, us and life itself. I choose not to eat a lifeless bird and that to me means so much more than the sustenance meat provides.
It is quite funny because when I was younger I ate very fast and I ate a lot. People would ask why and I would say, “I don’t have time for food.” I realize now that I’m older what I meant and what I said was skewed. My thought process was also a little flawed, I understand now where I was coming from. I wanted food to not be the primary source of entertainment. It’s like the canvas and I can see that now. I’m not going to make a TV dinner and then sit and watch Jeopardy. I’m going to make a meal and sit and eat that meal with my family.

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