COOK­ING AS A RIT­UAL

Good Health Choices - - Be Nourished -

A sa­cred vibe in the kitchen means you’re cre­at­ing a space that feels good and the en­ergy is in­ter­act­ing with the process of cook­ing on a pos­i­tive level.

“Hon­our the sanc­tity of the kitchen by mak­ing sure you’re in a good frame of mind,” says Chara. “Make it clear to your fam­ily that cook­ing is a re­ally im­por­tant time to be calm and equally en­sure that the kitchen sur­faces are clean and tidy,” she says. “Set the in­ten­tion that this will be a joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ence which can in­clude mu­sic play­ing in the back­ground, let­ting in nat­u­ral light or be­ing bare­foot as this can help you feel more grounded. The idea is not to have too many things stand be­tween you and your food so to heighten this, use a mor­tar and pes­tle to hand-grind spices or knead the dough as this brings you closer to the in­gre­di­ents and al­lows your good vibes to trans­mit to the meal you’re pre­par­ing.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, main­tain­ing mind­ful­ness while han­dling the pro­duce keeps you fo­cused and al­lows you to no­tice the mo­ment-to-mo­ment sen­sa­tions such as their colour, touch and smell.

“With the same fo­cus create a nice rhythm with your knife while cut­ting your leafy greens, turn your veg­eta­bles into nice, even shapes and then line the in­gre­di­ents up in the or­der you’re cook­ing, all of which will put you in a state of flow and al­low you to re­ally rel­ish the mo­ment,” says Me­lanie.

When it comes to kitchen uten­sils, hav­ing a level of aware­ness of what they’re made out of is also a good step in the right direc­tion for bet­ter health and for a more whole­some kitchen en­vi­ron­ment. “There can be lots of nasty chemicals and toxic coatings on pots and pans which have an im­pact on food and on the en­vi­ron­ment, so it’s best to use earth­en­ware where pos­si­ble,” sug­gests Chara. Favour bam­boo cut­ting boards, wooden bowls, cop­per pots, nat­u­ral bak­ing pa­per, and wooden or stain­less steel uten­sils.

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