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Food Can Nourish the Spirit

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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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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3:42PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013


2:35AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

5:08AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

We eat what we are

12:51PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

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

10:57AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

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

2:01AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:46PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you

1:08PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

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!!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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

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