Good Health Choices - - Be Nourished -

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.

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