The wonderful thing about food is you get three votes a day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world.
How have you noticed the central role food plays in your life? From the time we are born we are developing deep associations between food and our emotions. As infants, our cries are answered with mother’s milk, and Nature’s design, which combines the experience of receiving physical food with emotional connection and safety, is complete. Finding ways to nurture healthy emotional connections while feeding our bodies is the ultimate nourishment. We spend our lives linking food to our emotional needs in ways that attempt to recreate that early experience. Culturally, food plays a central role in life’s rituals. We celebrate occasions like weddings, holidays, graduations, and promotions, and food becomes a significant focus and strongly linked to emotions. Expressions like “drowning our sorrows”, “power lunches”, “chicken soup for the soul”, and even “swallow your pride” demonstrate how we use food to express, suppress, and manage love and many other emotions.