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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Learning from a Bowl of Sugar Snap Peas

I think I learned what it means to eat.

It all started after dinner this evening.  Feeling the need for more nutrition after a dinner of poor food choices, I put some sugar snap peas in a bowl and began eating.  I didn't eat many.  Something occurred as I ate though.

Sugar snap peas, while not an especially crunchy or difficult food to eat, require some more chewing effort than I, a lazy eater, sometimes wish to expend.  This evening as I chewed them, I began thinking - about food, about how it becomes our body, about its goodness and wow, I came to understand the role of food in our lives.  It is simple.  We eat - we must eat and it matters what we eat.

I don't know if I can adequately explain what I experienced.  Perhaps it was an example of mindfulness.  It was nice.  I hope that it was the beginning of a changed and more appreciative relationship to food.  I'm grateful that I can nurture my body with sugar snap peas.  I'm grateful to have had this experience.  I'll try not to devour a bowl of potato chips to celebrate.


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