I would be hard pressed to say how many times my uncle admonished my cousins and me, “You should eat to live. “We were a hungry bunch and, as far as I knew, we were following his advice. We were eating to live.
When the visiting missionary spoke in Church one Sunday morning, he tried to give us a glimpse of life in Africa. He tried to bring home the plight of certain tribes who were facing severe food shortages. He looked us over, and after a dramatic pause asked, “How many of you are starving?”
Only one hand went up. It had been a long time since breakfast and I wasn’t sure I would last until dinner time when this missionary would stop talking.
My parents’ and grandparents’ generations were good cooks. In all the catalog of sins, none were more unforgivable than offending the cook. My cousins and I knew this by instinct. When there were Church dinners, and we would go through the line, we would always pause at my mother’s pan of brownies. When we moved on, the pan was empty. We would congratulate ourselves on having done one good deed at least.
Over the intervening 50 years, my ideas about food have changed. So has my understanding of what my uncle meant. Now it is not so much a question of taste, but “what does this food do to or for me?” I want to be able to feel life flowing to my cells from the foods I eat. I want to facilitate my body’s ability to heal and repair itself. It is important to me to know I am providing my cells with a complete package of the nutrients they need to function properly now and the nutrients they need to build functional replacement cells for the future. I want to eat foods that are alive and impart life to my cells. I can now say that I eat for life.
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