I have been going through a lot of rough personal issues recently, which combined with getting our garden in and the crazy weather we’re having here in the midwest, has been keeping me from blogging. Yesterday however, I was out mowing our acreage thinking about life and everything I am going through right now. Then this thought occurred to me. Thank goodness for amazing food.
As we were putting in our garden this year we opted for building some beds and lining them with landscaping fabric. This mean a lot of extra work rather then seeding right into the ground. This mean long hot days getting it in. This year was also the hottest June weather Iowa has seen. Add to the high winds and no humidity or rain and you’d never know you were in the midwest in summer. What this did mean was we had quite an appetite when it came to quitting time.
Thankfully with the filling and nutritious Tropical Fruit Bowls to start the day and things like Braised Rabbit, Shrimp, and Lobster Rice Stew, Fish Tacos, and Greek salads we were able to recharge and take on the next step of our project.
Then recently life sent me on a bit of a rollercoaster. I got me out of sorts and I found it hard to focus on much of anything. Thankfully again with having great meals prepared I was able to sit down with my husband and enjoy a delicious meal. We could sit out on our front stoop over looking expansive vistas and talk about these challenges life was throwing at me all while enjoying more treats like Shrimp Tacos or Caramel Macchiatos and Croissants.
What I realized while mowing was that food was the key. Great food has the power not only to nourish you but to shift your thoughts to the experience of the flavors and textures you’re experiencing. When done correctly food can even enhance your mood and when sharing a meal with someone you love food is a way of taking a step back from the commotion and connecting over the immediate pleasure the food provides.
Burying your emotions in food is never a good thing but I am starting to believe that processing your emotions while enjoying a good meal might be one of the most therapeutic things you can do.
So the next time you find yourself overwhelmed and needing to regroup. Take the time, fix a meal, and share it with someone you love.