The other day my mom sent me an email asking me if everything is OK, because she hasn’t “heard from me in awhile.” I was kind of stumped until I realized she meant here on the blog, not in real life!
Everything is wonderful dear readers. The blog has been quieter than usual because I have simply been busier than usual! As promised, I have Forked My Fears and started teaching live classes again. Now I am wondering if it was “fear” so much that made me stop teaching, or rather just FATIGUE? Whoa, a lot of work goes into these things!!
Here is a picture I snapped of all the stuff I had prepped and packed to teach a class in a private home in Tel Aviv:
Despite the work, in my classes I am delighted to teach people about nutrition, about what to eat, how to cook it, and how to plan meals to suit their busy lives. After one class, I got an email from a participant who said that she felt so good, full, and fed after the class, that she had the best night’s sleep she has had in a long time. We all know how we feel after a good night’s sleep, right? We are happier, more productive, more creative – basically, thriving, not just surviving!
That got me thinking. Obviously I know the power of good food to transform one’s life, but do the rest of you? I mean, do you really know?
Today I want to talk to you about your kitchen in a way you may not have thought of it before.
They say the kitchen is the heart of a home. Your kitchen is really the most important room in your entire house. In your kitchen, you create the food that nourishes you, and that nourishes the people who you love the very most in the whole wide world. And I mean “nourish” in the sense of physical AND psychological! When we eat well, we FEEL well. We feel cared for, relaxed yet energized, satisfied, focused, productive, and strong. When we don’t eat well we feel scattered, tired, moody, sad, angry, headach-y, tummy ache-y and pretty all around bad.
In your kitchen, you can also make food that will hurt yourself and hurt your loved ones too. But why would you want to do that? Why would you want to give someone poor health, unclear thinking, energy crashes, weight issues, bad skin or indigestion? Why would you want to give yourself those things?
Of course, you don’t. But because we have forgotten to view food in such a way, we have lost this clear motivation, and prepare things we think our loved ones will like the taste of, nutrition be damned.
And yes, there is a time for treats. But it is occasional. Much less than most of us are currently consuming or preparing.
Your body is built in your kitchen – down to your very cells – even your thoughts and moods!
Your children’s bodies are built in your kitchen, including their ability to think well, behave well, and feel well!
Your partner’s body is built in your kitchen – your love, your passion, your most important relationship!
I posted to Facebook a few days ago a blurb about the kitchen being a sacred place, but I made a typo and wrote “scared place”. An astute friend pointed out that perhaps, that is really the problem. Some people have come to fear the kitchen because they never learned the skills needed to feel comfortable there. Or because they are confused about what to actually cook.
And many of you just simply don’t have the time to spend on kitchen endeavors. You work all day and come home for your second shift – home and family. I know. But healthy cooking really doesn’t have to take a lot of time. You can keep things really simple and be very organized, cook things ahead on the weekend, and meals come together in a snap.
I am really enjoying teaching people these lost skills. I think of it as the art of building humans. It is truly Kitchen Alchemy.
Now go in there and cook something good!
(I am bad about remembering to take pictures during events, but I got some this time thanks to my amazing assistant Andrea (pictured upper left corner):