This morning we took a trip to our local market. I often find my self at the market laden down by heavy bags but Noah is usually at nursery because I tend to do it on my lunch break. He loved looking at all of the fruit and vegetables, all the lovely colours, and was asking for ‘red grapes and green grapes please mummy!’ So of course we obliged, who could refuse their little boy that sort of request! We got chatting to the man on the stall and he was so pleased to see a small boy so excited by the produce on his stall, he said what a rare thing it was for a child to be so keen to buy from him.
As a result of our chat and Noah’s cuteness we got some amazing offers from him. He did us two punnets of blueberries for the price of one, two avocados for the price of one and alongside our other shopping Noah walked away munching a free extra large strawberry which lasted at least 10 minutes in his then red sticky hand! Not bad for a fiver.
Sometimes we can really take for granted the quantity and variety of food that is easily available to us. When we shop in supermarkets and it is all pre packed and in perfect shape it is especially easy to forget the journey that the food has been on. Take a walk on your local market and you will be shocked at the lovely produce that is there and often at a really good price. It comes from all over the world and passes through so many hands to reach out plates whilst still deliciously fresh.
If we can become mindful about our food we start to appreciate everything about it just a little bit more. An appreciation for it origins is a great start because it slows you down before you mindlessly make it disappear. A look at the colour and a sniff of the aroma mean that you enjoy the anticipation of eating rather than rushing through to the clearing up stage, never the best bit! Taking time to taste every mouthful means that we chew our food properly which aids digestion. Eating more slowly means that we recognise when we are full and can avoid over eating.
Best of all when you eat something delicious and healthy, and you have not overeaten, you are left satisfied but free from guilt. Come on a Revitalise Day to try lovely health food that will leave you inspired to eat well.