Feeding body + spirit in your meal times
How eating rituals remind us who we are
“One cannot thing well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virgina Woolf
There are so many benefits to eating with friends or family: Feeling a sense of connectedness, taking the time to share your experiences from the day, slowing down so food can be more fully enjoyed, and being around people that care for us. Do you find that food tastes more flavourful when eating with someone else?
Caregivers, your situation might mean that your partner or parent can no longer eat their meals at home as they used to. This change is a big adjustment, and it can feel lonely when there isn’t that same ritual of seeing the other person at breakfast and dinner. I invite you to think about which friends and family you can share meals with, at least once a week.
There is so much delight to be found in enjoying the flavours and aesthetic beauty of meals together. Spice blends remind us of happy times spent enjoying picnics, family gatherings, and everyday life with the people who are important to us. What are three of your favourite spices?
What memories and emotions do they evoke in you? Around the world there are many rituals for eating together that create meaningful connection in people’s lives: In lots of cultures, love and care are shown by bringing meals to someone who is sick or struggling; and respect and appreciation are shown the Grandmothers, Mothers, Aunts and sisters who cook marvelously (And the husbands, brothers and Uncles too!)
Here are a few traditions I’d like to share with you:
Leisurely meals together
The French often spend at least one hour eating a meal with others. There is a sense of unhurriedness in this ritual that I find delightful!
“Research has shown that conviviality is something fundamental in the approach French have to meals,” Bienassis explains. “[Eighty] percent of the French eat with friends, colleagues, and family … and not alone. Meals are intrinsically a communal time.”
Camaraderie amongst colleagues
As Barcelona-based Zhandra Fuentes put it, “Siesta time in a city like Barcelona is to have a good meal with your coworkers. It is the time to get to know each other and make friends.” Siesta is about more than taking a nap, as smart as that sounds … It is a time of camaraderie, and a way to create balance in the workday. I find that quite an insightful approach! Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/08/07/food-traditions-around-the-world_n_7071420.html
Diwali Festival of Lights
Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights. The holiday generally falls in October or November and celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness. The force of good is symbolized with candles, lanterns, elaborate light displays and lots of fireworks.
During my experience being part of Diwali celebrations in Nepal, I remember people giving sweets to family and friends, and that many families had a special meal together. The festival was celebrated with a spirit of playfulness, and friends would often play jokes on eachother. –K Davies
What traditions around meals do you have with your family?