Food Can Nourish the Spirit

Today, a friend and I had a conversation about the role that relationships can play in our enjoyment of food. For example, when I prepare dishes using my mother’s recipes, the flavor is the same but the experience is often less fulfilling than enjoying a meal she has prepared for me. Similarly, when I prepare a meal for my fiancé and myself, I often enjoy the dish more than I do when I am the only one eating.

It is not only the flavor of a dish or the quality of the ingredients that contributes to our enjoyment. It is the energy surrounding the food – and the consumption of it. When a meal is prepared and eaten with love, it is generally more enjoyable.

Yes, this phenomenon can lead to emotional eating when we try to recreate the positive memories and feelings associated with particular foods. But it also has the potential to be quite beneficial. When we enjoy food on the level of the spirit, we are often more likely to feel more fulfilled, meaning we consume fewer empty calories than we do when we eat processed foods, which are less fulfilling. When we eat processed food, we often must eat more to feel fulfilled. In addition, when we learn to appreciate the deep, emotional nourishment that food can offer us in a balanced way, we are likely to choose high quality foods that can offer that kind of sustenance.


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Ro H.
Ro H.2 years ago


Ana R2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

We eat what we are

Chrissie H.
Chrissie H.2 years ago

There is no love sincerer than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw.

Brian M.
Past Member 2 years ago

I love trying new recipes; it is quite exciting to try something new and have it come out perfectly.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Mandi A.
Amanda Adams3 years ago

Thank you

Angie B.
Angela B.3 years ago

My husband says that food is the meaning of life and he puts his all into his cooking. Everything he prepares is for someone he loves or an event planned around someone he loves. Food always tastes better when it's prepared with love!!

Dale Overall

Do love to cook from scratch, especially the fresh veggies off my balcony garden, vine ripened tomatoes, there are so many foods to pick and choose from and at least when cooking at home I know what is in the organic veggies and meat, poultry, quinoa and so many other delightful foods that are available.

Dale Overall

Lovely foods are nourishing and pleasurable times spent socializing and enjoying tasty food is time well spent.