A good time

To Think and Take Stock

December 28, 2015

Does anyone else find winter to feel, oh, I don’t know, heavy? Sure, the colder weather initiates an innate craving for heavier, more substantial food, but, I’m also talking about the slower, heavier feel of the days in winter, too. I may have mentioned this to you before, but the fast collective pace of the winter season (i.e. the holidays) feels odd to me. Colder months are a time for hibernation, for slowing down — for plants, animals, and humans before the advent of central heating and air. A few outings in the last two weeks for some holiday shopping told me that very few people appreciated my viewpoint and desire for a slower pace. Maybe next year?

The inherent slower energy creates space and time for heavier thoughts, too. Not necessarily heavy as in bad or difficult to manage, but as in deep and thoughtful. Do you know what I mean? Maybe that’s why we set resolutions around the New Year. It’s just a good time to think and take assessments.

This year finds me thinking about (surprise, surprise) food. Yes, in terms of the body and health, or lack thereof, but also in a more sensual, artful, and appreciative way. To be clear, I’ve appreciated food for a while now, but more so for what it can do for me and my health rather than the sounds, smells, sights, and flavors it lends. Food as an experience, not a tool. I’m also thinking about where these two ways of thinking about food overlap, and how I can start speaking more to that. I think they are equally important to having more feel-good days that not — both physically and mentally.

Jamie and I are taking some time away from the Food Bar over the next week, to think, plan, talk, and also do things we don’t always have time for — like reading a lot, going to the movies, and staying up a little later than usual. We appreciate your support over the past year and are going into 2016 with you, your health, and experience with food in mind.

We have a favor to ask of you — will you join in our conversation? We’d love to know:
What’s your definition of eating well? What’s makes someone a good eater?


  • JoBeth

    To me, eating well is a cross section of a food ethic that is good for my body, tastes good and is good for the Earth and my community. It’s not just finding foods that are supposedly good for me but learning about them, experimenting with different ways to cook them and knowing where my food comes from (hopefully knowing the farm/production source and having it be as close geographically as possible, although I’m still finding ways to make that possible 100% of the time). It’s not just about fueling my body but being knowledgable and engaged in the process of my food and enjoying the process of eating and sharing with my friends and family.

    • Knowing the people that tend to the food we eat feels special — one of my favorite aspects of food and cooking. I also love the challenge that eating more locally brings to the table. It makes me get to know foods and tastes I otherwise might now have. Thanks for sharing that!

  • There are a two primary factors that go into eating well for me:
    1. The food I’m eating is either making my body MORE healthy or LESS healthy – I define “healthy” primarily as how the food I’m eating impacts my gut and immunity.
    2. How the food I’m eating is fueling my soul. This factor is primarily taken into consideration when I’m eating something that makes me LESS healthy. For example, I might eat a cookie a friend or family member made with love over celebration. While it may make my body LESS healthy the emotional benefits are worth it.

    Finally, I think what makes someone a good eater is gratitude. Hands down. You can’t be grateful and full of shame, negativity, or doubt.

    • I agree about the emotional benefit. Some things, foods, people, or experiences are well, well worth it. For example, I always think about my Mimi. She cares so much about cooking food that I can eat. Sometimes, the joy she gets from me enjoying her food makes me feel so good that I’m completely oblivious to any reactions I may have. You know?

      Also, yes to being thankful.

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