Food, the way it is prepared, and eaten can teach us many things. First it can teach us the differences in people, and how that is not a bad thing. People can be divided into two groups, when it comes to food. You are either a foodie, or a non-foodie. The difference is easy to define. A foodie lives to eat, and a non-foodie eats to live. The easies way to find a foodie, is to turn to any show on the Food Network, or the Cooking Channel. These people love to cook, and consume food. They like to find new places to eat food, and find new ways to prepare food. They are enthusiastic eaters, and when they are eating will use words like, heaven, oh my God, and so good. The non-foodie will eat, and enjoy certain foods, but will not go to any great means, to find unusual ways to prepare, and eat food. Even though, there is a distinct difference, between these 2 groups, they all seem to get along. No one, seems to discriminate against one group, over the other, when it comes to jobs, civil rights, and opportunities. The foodies and non-foodies seem to be fine with each other, despite their distinct differences.
Food can show how unique you are. We all have foods, that on the whole, are good for the general populous, that can just, not make us feel good. Mine is tomato juice. About 12 hours after drinking tomato juice I will get a splitting headache. My daughter can not eat broccoli. Then, there is the more serious allergic reactions, that some people develop to certain foods. It tells you, that you are a totally unique person, and that is not bad. You want to cultivate that uniqueness, into something special. You never want to worry about being a little different, than the “regular people”. You are that one special person, with your own hopes and dreams, that only you can accomplish.
Food can teach you compromise. The best example of this is microwave popcorn. The compromise is between unpopped kernels, and burned popcorn. You do not want too many unpopped kernels, but if you try too hard to pop all the kernels, then the popcorn will burn. I once, had someone tell me, they liked burnt popcorn. This person turned out to be an idiot. For those of us, of at least average intelligence, the goal is to pop as many kernels, without that awful burnt smell, when the bag is opened.
Food can teach you when to be creative, and when to have discipline. When you are cooking food, that is the time, to let the creative juices flow. When baking, you better have the discipline to following the recipe exactly. You might be creative in finding a unique way to bake cookies, pies, and cakes, but you better remember exactly what you did, or the next time will be a disaster. In cooking, when I make sauces, dips, and rubs I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. When the sauce, dip, or rub, really turns out well, and someone wants to know what I put in it, not only do I not the amount, but many times, I don’t remember all the ingredients. In my view, that is the fun of it, just wing it. I do not do this, when I bake chocolate chip cookies.
Food can teach us to plan. Planning what you are going to cook and eat for the week is a great way to learn how to plan other activities. Planning your meals for the week can help you eat healthier and help your budget. Plan on some left overs, which you can prepare in different ways from the original meal. You can get into your creative mode again.
Food helps you to get to know yourself, by listening to your body, on how it responds to certain foods, and cuisines. This goes beyond the more severe reactions, we discussed earlier. Start to pay attention to how you feel, after you eat. You should feel better than when you started. Things that can make you off, after you eat, maybe related to waiting too long to eat. There may be a certain food, that you can tell is difficult for you to digest, or just doesn’t make you feel right. By paying attention to such things, you can improve your abilities in any endeavor you are doing. You may sleep better, and be more relaxed by eating foods, that only make you feel good.
Finally, food is a great way to try new things. Not much of a negative can happen to you, by eating something you have never tried before. Being more adventuresome in the food world, may spread to other aspects of your life. Getting use to trying new cuisines, may make your life a little more fulfilled. Even though we need food to survive, food is there to give us so much more. Try to eat more mindfully, and enjoy every bite, by appreciating what all that good food can really do, to make your life better.