Almost too pretty to eat, but no. Almost too healthy to taste good, but again, no. It was delicious.
As part of my quest for better health for my husband and myself, we have been learning about the ketogenic diet, the Paleo diet, the Autoimmune Protocol, and food in general. We’ve been picking and choosing things that are easy to do, changes we can make gradually and, honestly, most of the changes are just common sense. It seems the less our food is tampered with, clean and unprocessed, the better it is for us.
The plates above held dinner for the husband and I one night. It is usually a light meal, eaten as early in the evening as we can manage, and is our last food for the day. The greens, boiled egg and cauliflower are definite keto foods (on the “yes” list). The onion, bell pepper, tomato and cheese are on the “limit” list. A good dose of olive or avocado oil and a flavorful vinegar, a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper, add to the preparation ritual.
We also have a gratitude ritual before our meal. We pray and thank God for providing such blessings. We know not everyone has access to even simple meals like this.
We relax as we eat. I remind myself to chew slowly and put my fork down between bites. I look at the colors and shapes. These onions are so amazing to look at. They’re purple!
I love to taste the blends of flavors and see how many I can isolate, identify.
The more I know about food and the way my body interacts with it, the more I am conscious of its protective and restorative qualities. At the same time, being able to identify food that is not good for me, and knowing why it isn’t, helps me avoid it without feeling deprived.
Eating keto, is not only a lifestyle that focuses on unprocessed, low net carb foods and healthy sources of fat, but it’s actually kind of an attitude of wanting to protect the only body you’ve been given. I’m glad it’s becoming more mainstream as the evidence mounts showing its effectiveness against cancer and chronic disease.
Today I am thankful that food is colorful, imaginative in structure, varied in it’s composition and taste. Food can be art. Chefs can be artists, and sitting down to a beautiful meal can be as satisfying as strolling through an art gallery.
Food is medicine, and eating the best food you can, every time you can, is how you be your own best health advocate.
Do you have a favorite mealtime ritual or practice?