In our society food has become a villain. A caloric-filled foe. A tease. A treat that we aren’t allowed to have, because it’ll inevitably go to our thighs, arms, behind or belly.
We curse food with its sinful ingredients of straight-to-your-hips sugars, bloat-inducing sodium or pound-packing proteins.
So we turn to sugar substitutes, fake ingredients (what’s in those super low-cal chips?) and low-fat alternatives and turn away from wholesome foods that may have more calories, sugars, fats and other things shunned by our society.
Don’t get me wrong: What a person eats is absolutely a personal choice.
What bothers me is our society’s warped perspective on food. Its division of foods into “good” and “bad.” Its praise of some foods for simply being low-calorie when we have zero idea about the integrity of the ingredients and the actual nutrients. Its insistence that food stands in the way of us being skinny, happy and healthy. (Of course, it doesn’t. But that’s a discussion for another time.)
In the midst of “watching what we eat,” we forget about the sustaining, pure and wonderful powers of food. We forget about food’s simple beauty, and about how food and its preparation connects us with loved ones, our heritage, different cultures, new friends and happy occasions.
Recently, I came across an absolutely stunning video about preparing beet cake. (I originally found the video on this blog.) Yes, I know that beet cake doesn’t exactly spell beauty. But trust me, it’s worth a watch!
This video captures the preparation of food beautifully and, most importantly, mindfully. It’s a lesson in how to look at food (and other moments in our lives, really). To open your eyes and breathe in each bite.
Here’s what the creators said about their video:
There is something beautiful about the baking process. The way flour feels in your hands or the sound of eggs cracking on the edge of a bowl. Baking is a gathering of interesting materials, a mixed medium art piece of sorts, that ends in a cake instead of a canvas.
OK, without further ado, here it is:
Last year, around this time, I shared 10 of my fave food blogs with you. Here’s the list as a reminder of not just the beauty of food but also the beauty of mindfully cooking a delicious meal, and again, breathing in those moments.
Oh, and here’s another beautiful food blog I recently discovered.
What are your favorite foods? What about your favorite food blogs? What bothers you the most about how society views food?
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Last reviewed: 5 Jan 2014