Continuing the theme from last week’s Part 1 post, today is all about movement in meals.
(In case you need this: Meal Move is exercise and food to improve the mood.)
I used to think food was something you just had to eat to survive. If you’re not that into food, I get it. I really do.
Have you ever lost the motivation to cook or eat good stuff? It’s taken many, many years for me to go from “not liking to cook” to now saying I love food. A lot of it has to do with the ways different food puts me in touch with how I feel. I want to share a few things I’ve learned so you can hopefully gain or regain the desire to enjoy food. Here they are…
3 things you can do to “fall in love with food” again:
- Find the connection between the food and what you’re interested in
- Learn how the food helps improve your health and mood
- Involve someone you care about and get creative
For instance, I like making food look good. When I have the time, inclination and inspiration to get creative, I’ll arrange a dish with different colors or see if there’s a personality to the food I can bring out.
Did you know you can improve your mood with food? It’s fascinating how eating something like red bell pepper can help when you’re feeling down, not to mention it’s rich in antioxidants. How about the cardamom spice or essential oil? It can help with letting go of angry feelings. Put some in hot tea and you can give yourself a breather from an upsetting situation.
My daughter also “gets into it” with me. I like taking pictures of the finished dish. She takes photos of them too. We get to play with different angles. Then she shares them with me. We have fun.
Yay! Something I used to not like doing (cooking) has become something I enjoy doing with my daughter.
What’s one thing you can do this week to “fall in love with food” and make a Meal Move your taste buds?