Monday, July 27, 2009

My New Read

Has anyone read this book yet? The title grabbed me today, and I just had to take it down off the shelf. Something about the first paragraph on the back made me smile and decide to dive in:

"If the Buddha came to dinner at your home, what would you serve? Fast food? A frozen meal quickly reheated in the microwave? Chances are you'd feed your honored guest a delicious meal prepared with care. But the next time you have dinner, what will you eat?"

We have not used a microwave in our house for several years. A while back, we flew to my mother's house in the foothills of California for the holidays. There, we learned how to prepare nourishing and gourmet meals slowly, with thought and consideration for everyone's needs. To learn how to cook a meal without irradiating it was eye-opening for us, coming from a fast-paced world of working full time and raising two busy boys. The whole process took time, forcing us to slow down and become much more mindful. We wanted more of that at home for ourselves.

We came home from that visit and promptly put the microwave in the basement, where it still sits, rotting in the puddle of water our basement floor becomes after every rain. Learning how to cook slowly has been fun, yet challenging. I can still remember the shock on my mother in law's face when she discovered on Thanksgiving that we could not 'zap' the green beans as we had no 'zapper'. We figured it out, and I'm sure she chocked that experience up to Jill being her 'weird' self again.
Being more mindful about what goes into our bodies has not always been simple and clear-cut, though. I still use the microwave at work, since I have so little time to break between sessions. Of course, I could put more thought into what I bring to work, and how else I could prepare it. And what about those times we opt for a restaurant over home-cooked food? What about the long car trips coming up soon, where we want to pull over and grab a bite so the kids stop killing each other in the back seat?
These are the reasons I wanted to read this book. When things are tricky, I want to remember first and foremost why I try to take care of my body, as well as my children's bodies. I want a deeper understanding of why I make the choices I make, and how to make better choices in the future.
Would you like to read it with me?? Let me know.

And don't forget to leave a comment for the giveaway - scroll down!

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great book! We are not microwave people either. I've never liked the taste of food from those machines.

BTW, your itsy bitsy spider poem really made me smile. I loved it! Thank you for your support on my blog.

Lisa :P

Linda said...

Hi Jill
This book looks wonderful and I am going to place it on my wish list of books that I want to buy.

Thanks for all your inspiring comments that you leave on my blog, I really appreciate them :)

Warmly

Linda

goldenbird said...

That book looks good ... I'll have to put on my list for "some day." (I have a tall stack by the bedside already!)

Gosh, I use my microwave all the time without thinking about it. I would love to learn how to cook gourmet meals as I am not a very good cook ... fish, tacos, and omlettes are my speciality.

I would like to be more mindful of what goes in my body, too. When I do take the time to eat right, I really notice a difference-- my body feels good, and I feel so good about myself.

Deb in PNW said...

The only thing the micro is good for around here is rewarming luke warm coffee or reheating a plate.

I have to admit, it's taken a vow of poverty (okay, make that debt reduction and increased savings) to find my groove in the kitchen. But now I *love* to cook, and I enjoy the creative process so much! I've avoided a lot of food waste by taking whatever is on hand and throwing it together.

Your new read is a fantastic concept. Why do we shortchange ourselves when it comes to food? Food is so important to our health!

Your blog is a blast, btw. I've really enjoyed lurking.