EATING IN HARMONY
Breaking bread with family and friends has both social and individual benefits.
Set a beautiful table with fresh flowers and plate the food nicely. “We eat with our eyes first and this sensory experience also facilitates proper digestion,” says Melanie. Research supports that eating with family from an early age is associated with positive effects on diet later in life and that the more often people eat with others, the more likely they are to feel happy and satisfied with their lives.
In her book, The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing, Maya Tiwari explains that to increase your level of connection with food, eat with your hands as they act as conduits of the five elements: thumb is space; forefinger, air; middle finger, fire; ring finger, water; little finger, earth. “When we eat with our hands the five elements within them begin to transform the food and make it digestible even before it reaches the mouth and enhances inner balance.”
“After having an amazing meal that has fed us on so many levels, it naturally opens us up to feel gratitude and that brings our cooking experience full circle,” Melanie adds.