I am reading a plant-based food lifestyle magazine called Thrive. I flip through it with coffee, looking at the pictures and recipes. I feel like I am ingesting the images of the food. I say to myself, “if I had a chef, I could live on plant-based food, it looks so good” Interesting thinking. This thinking is powerlessness at its best. It leaves me waiting for the day, when I could hire a chef. It leaves me reaching outside myself for someone to feed me. Someone who can nurture my body, with the right food for me.
How many of us flip through magazines, and watch the food channel aka food porn, with no intention of cooking the recipes. My friend watches the food channel and eats chips as her entertainment. A quick hit of a fantasy, just like porn, and then go back to our mundane life.
The plant-based movement really intrigues me. It has a sense of decadence to it, and an inclusive lifestyle. There is a no deprivation energy– just abundance.
I realise I have waited my whole life for someone to feed me well.
What about feeding myself?
Do I do the same with love?
Do I wait for someone to give me the love that will nourish me, heal me and fulfil my soul?
Dr. Barbara D’Angelis, best-selling author of the Choice for Love talks about giving ourselves what we really need. She equates it to getting on a plane hungry, assuming they will have the food you need. “It is like starving yourself and expecting someone else to feed you”.
Now is the time for me to start feeding myself. Feeding my body what it really wants; food that makes me feel happy instead of sad. Yesterday I made a roast, potatoes and greens. After dinner I felt content, energetic and proud.
Now I am re-evaluating everything I ingest. Taking in entertainment that uplifts me, rather than leaving me feeling beaten down, by viewing violence and pain. Feeding myself great protein and tasty treats. The protein is real love and connection, with myself, my partner, and my beloved dogs. The tasty treats are meditation, love, sunlight, cuddles, and thankfulness inside and out.
A great chef designs recipes that are deeply satisfying. How do I learn the recipes that makes up the menu for my life?
In 2018 I am going to become the master chef of my body, mind, and spirit.
I want to Thrive.