Inspired to eat!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I’ve just finished a wonderful five week workshop series on ‘Change your thinking, lose the weight’. And, guess what, it turned out to be about so much more than what we put in our mouths: self esteem, stress, emotional eating, and fear of being brilliant, to name just a few of the topics we covered.

You can read more about the philosophy behind the course on the workshops page of this site, but I did want to share with you one small exercise we did which I have never even thought about before: foods that inspire.

Much of the time I do go around the supermarket on automatic, and even when I’m organised enough to plan the week’s menus in advance I tend to return to the same basic ingredients. But when I snap out of old habits, which are the foods I really adore? The ones I would choose to have on my plate if I was on death row and was requesting my final meal (I guess that may not be the best example as I’d be sorely tempted to choose pomegranate on the grounds it would take HOURS to eat).

Here’s what I came up with; the foods that bring me alive:

olives - can’t eat them without imagining myself on a Greek terrace watching the sun go down
strawberries - the taste of summer days
a clear glass of water - I love a glass of velvety red wine or tart white wine but, honestly, water is the best drink in the world
aubergine - (prepared by someone else - I’ve never, ever been able to replicate at home the delicious things other people do with aubergines)
bread and cheese - OK, so that’s really two choices but it has to be bread with cheese, or cheese with bread for me to remember how much I love simplicity
tomatoes - must be home-grown, preferably by me, so they taste like the ones grandad used to produce in a greenhouse that smelt of heaven
smoked salmon and scrambled egg - another double whammy, associated forever with Christmas morning and waking up on my birthday. But why shouldn’t I have it on some of the other 363 days of the year?

I’m tempted to go on but you get the picture. When it comes down to it my body knows what’s good for it and that’s what makes the difference to how it tastes and how much I enjoy it.

Have a go at writing your own inspiring foods list, then go a step further and put some of them in the trolley this week!

Posted by Jane Matthews on 02/15 at 05:57 PM
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