Original post August 2015, from the archives
About two weeks ago, my summer break began so my weekdays are rooted in being home and working from home, a LOT. Home is one of my favorite places to be actually so this is a good thing. My challenge came up when the other day at noon, when I realized I’ve been up for like six hours, and haven’t stepped foot outside to connect with the world. Wait, I did connect, though the people were all online/phone. So it was noon, I was hungry, needed out of the apartment, like now. My first instinct was, I’ll go out for lunch. But, my fridge was full of amazing food, longing to be cooked, to be eaten, to be savored and blessed.
AND, “AHH HAHH,” I SANG, LIGHT BULB WENT ON.
“I will go for a walk in the neighborhood and when I return home, I will arrive at Erin’s Ayurveda Cafe, fresh food made just for you.” I thought to myself. How amazing! I could take my break, connect with the outside world, my neighbors, the tall pine trees, see the squirrels, and breathe fresh air + easily return to cook a warm, fresh meal, made just for me.
One of the beauties of cooking fresh (in my not so humble opinion) is the opportunity to connect, directly with the earth. Often I find myself blessing my vegetables, telling them how beautiful they are, even their imperfections. I thank the chicken who is providing me nourishment and sometimes the farmers, the pickers, the delivery man, and the even the grocer. Giving a blessing can be as simple as saying/thinking “thank you” from the heart. Everyone can bless from the heart, according to Sally Kempton.
My former Ayurveda Coach, Jen, taught me that food made with love is healing. You don’t have to practice ayurveda to receive positive benefits of food made with love or any particular method really, because it’s really about the intention. In fact, I encourage you to tune into your own body and hear what she or he needs. All bodies are different and they all carry their own inner wisdom. To love our bodies can be acts of nourishing them with foods that not only taste good, but feel good, too.
1. WHAT FOODS DO YOU LIKE TO EAT? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BODY’S FAVORITE FOODS?
We tell what our body’s favorite foods can be signs like tuning in to how much energy we have or how well we digested it. So imagine that in your cafe, you could create a magical menu with things you and your body love.
2. HOW WOULD YOU WANT TO SERVE THE FOOD ON YOUR MAGICAL MENU? WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE TO CREATE THE IDEAL DINING EXPERIENCE? HOW WOULD IT FEEL?
Would you set the table with your best plate and a “fancy” napkin or maybe you’d light a candle and create a romantic ambiance with some loving music vibing softly through the room.
Keep in mind that lunch time dining is a whole different experience, usually a time for us to take a break from our work, the grind of the day, to step away from technology. For Americans we tend to walk the line between relaxing, enjoying the food, and not eating so much that we have a food coma, so we can return to work, and dive back in.
I’M CURIOUS, WHAT’S YOUR LUNCH TIME USUALLY LIKE? DO YOU TAKE AN ACTUAL BREAK? AWAY FROM “STUFF”? SIT WITH CO-WORKERS? TAKE A WALK?
When I created Erin’s Ayurveda Cafe, where everything is made fresh to order, it was my lunch time. I made sure to set a placemat at the table with a “real” plate and my favorite silverware. The “waitress” (aka Me) was kind enough to top off my lemon water and there was no check at the end, so I left a special tip of gratitude, thanking her for the delicious food, and great service. It looks like I’ll be returning to that cafe a few times a week.
How could you easily create your ideal lunch this week? Maybe it’d be just 1x to try it out and see how it goes.
3. WHAT WOULD YOU NAME YOUR CAFE?
Paint us a picture of your cafe and share one thing you could do this week to create your ideal dining at home. Write to me here in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear your ideas!!