Embracing Eating as a Spiritual Act
Makes All the Difference
I know: Food is love. Food is nourishment. I pride myself on cooking for and nourishing my family and friends.
What I learned while doing a 21-day restorative cleanse with local herbalist, private chef and healer Nancy Lee changed my life. No kidding!
How, you ask? It started with a couple of simple principles:
- Chew your food.
- Thank your food.
Your next question is, “Didn’t you already know that?”
And I would agree with you. Of course I thought I knew these things! After all, food has always been the centerpiece of my existence. I am half Italian. It’s what we talk about. What’s for breakfast? What’s for lunch? What are you cooking for dinner? We always ate together as a family. Everything was cooked from scratch with the finest of ingredients.
Growing up we had a garden and now, solidly in adulthood, I have my own. Food and family were so central to my being that I created Heirloom Meals—a storytelling platform to share our connection with family recipes, heritage, stories and tips. I felt a yearning, a beckoning to return to my roots—to cook the foods that my ancestors ate, or at least the ones that I remember my grandparents eating and making.… Read the rest