Savoring Every Bite 細細品嘗每一口美食
Updated: Feb 25, 2019
Nourishing your body and mind!
This past Monday we celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival in Taiwan. For those who are unfamiliar, the holiday is said to commemorate the death of the 4th century BC poet and government advisor, QuYuan. As one story goes, out of desperation regarding the decline of his influence and the ensuing government turmoil, he threw himself into a river to drown. In hopes of saving him, people raced in boats to retrieve his body, and when unable to do so, threw rice dumplings into the river to prevent fish from feeding on his body.
Today, the holiday is primarily celebrated with dragon boat races and eating zongzi , rice dumplings filled with sticky rice, pork, mushrooms, chestnuts, egg and other oily yummy goodness wrapped in bamboo leaves. This week, my students and I joked often about needing to work extra hard during classes to burn off all our zongzi, but what I wish I had said was: enjoy , every, single, bite.
Like so many people, I fall very easily into the trap of categorizing food into two groups: “good” and “bad.” I ate a salad for lunch yesterday; I was being good. I ate ice cream as a midnight snack; Oh, I’m soo bad! Lumping everything into these two categories in effect sucks a lot of the pleasure out of enjoying a delicious meal, and actually dissuades me from making healthy choices at times because, well, being “bad” can feel good sometimes!
A few months ago, I started paying more attention to what I eat. Instead of thinking about what I shouldn’t eat, I’m focusing on what I want my food to bring to me—nutrients, vitamins, energy, happiness and pleasure! When I see the value of the food in this way, I find so much more joy in eating everything from salad to chocolate. Especially when it is shared between friends, homemade, and in celebration of someone or something, the food feels like it has more value and fills me up in even more ways!
Food that is made with love, food that comes from tradition, it not only nourishes the body, but also the heart and soul. Enjoy that piece of birthday cake with your good friend; eat that zongzi that only your grandma can make right. Life, meals, and special moments are meant to be savored!
Keep moving! xx, Katie
( Anna Liang 譯 )