Is there something you feel really adamant about? Something that really matters to you? That though others might not understand why you feel the way you feel, you must give voice to this thing?
I don’t like meal delivery services, and here’s why:
I get you’re busy and this sort of service is a better solution to eating fast-food after work.
I get many meal deliver services tout “fresh and seasonal ingredients” and “delicious and unforgettable meals.”
What’s not to like, right?
It hits all the marks, yes?
The draw of these offers win on seemingly every marker — Convenience. Doorstep delivery. Quality ingredients.
But here’s the thing that’s missing, the thing that shows up for every client I work with and the reason why I don’t like, and don’t recommend meal delivery services:
We’re not taking time for even our most basic self-care, and in this case, a most basic of human needs — preparing our own food!
We work long days. We go to bed late. We get up early. We take little to no time to decompress from the stress of the day, and then we turn to every “time-saving” gimmick, offer and technology that supports us living an imbalanced life, rather than turn back to ways that create balance.
I recently asked a new client who went off one of the worst medications made, in ONE short month of us working together, the same client who is healing in mind-blowing ways, “Why do you think things (your health) got so out of control?”
“I wasn’t taking time to care for me. Business growth and work responsibilities completely took over.”
We’re living as though our bodies don’t require any special care to function optimally.
Think about it, we were once hunter-and-gatherer societies. We were once a simple living species. But since the evolution away from a simple lifestyle to the more advanced industrial and technological societies, the human frame grows sicker and sicker. Today, one out of every two of us suffers from chronic disease. Today, eighty to a hundred autoimmune diseases have been discovered. Today, more suffer from depression than ever, with teens affected at even higher rates.
And yet many will argue for convenience over self-care.
It’s time to start cooking your own meals.
From choosing weekly recipes, to planning, shopping, prepping and cooking meals for you and your family, you’ll begin to create more balance in your life — You’ll begin to re-connect with yourself on a primal level, which alone will promote healing on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Eating a meal is not simply a gastronomic experience to satisfy a need or craving, it’s a primal act with real physiological benefits.
Personally, I love all that I gain from grocery shopping. I love the real relationships I create with real people, like the produce guys, like Nashville and Arun, who’re always teaching me something new about what they’ve got stocked. They offer insights about local produce, how to think smartly about produce shipped in from other countries, and even preparation ideas. I know everyone in every department at my local grocery stores. I even know many up and down the east coast. There’s so much to be said alone for all the real relationships with real people gained from the experience of planning, prepping and shopping.
Another very busy client of mine, she’s a CFO, and I laughed so much yesterday as we talked about perusing our favorite cookbooks as a weekly commitment, to inspire new ways of preparing fun, healthy meals. She said, “I’m so excited about this little idea. I feel so inspired. It feels so fun.” So equal to all the creative benefits you gain from cooking yourself, you gain the opportunity to infuse your meal with love, have lots of fun “dancing and cooking” (I blast FUN music when I cook!) and the sacred ritual of hunting, gathering and preparing your meal!
It’s so important to slow down and connect with you and the food you eat.
Masaru Emoto showed us with compelling evidence in his movie, “Hidden Messages In Water,” that everything affects everything. Emoto’s message resounds with Einstein’s famous mc2 message on energy,
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want.”
Every thought, every action, every emotion carries a pulsating light-energy that affects our reality, beginning on a cellular level. If you are fast-fooding your life, albeit on a more expensive and grander scale with meal-planning services, it’s affecting you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, beginning on a cellular level. This is pure science. That on the most basic level, Einstein discovered that energy and mass (matter) are interchangeable; they are different forms of the same thing.
I highly recommend Emoto’s documentary for a more simplistic explanation of energy and how to think about what you eat from this perspective, but if you are looking for easy health, high-vibe resources, I encourage you to follow chefs who focus on high-vibe foods on Instagram or their blogs — A few of my long-time favorites are Matthew Kenney and Susan Powers.
We live in times when everything and anything we want is available with the ‘bat of an eye’ — It’s not necessarily the best thing for us!
Take to time to think about the foods you love most this week. Open a favorite cookbook and pick a few recipes you’d love to make. Go to your local grocery store and make a new friend in the produce department. Ask them how their freshest and best can enhance your recipes. Turn the volume up on the Rollings Stones, Bruno Mars or Adele and ENJOY EVERY benefit you gained from turning off work-mode, reconnecting to yourself in creative ways, meeting and befriending new people, cooking and dancing AND having great fun! I dare you to tell me you don’t FEEL the benefits on an energetic and cellular level! IF you can flip your mindset to fierce self-care, I bet you’ll be addicted to EVERY phase of cooking for yourself!