Me cooking at NFIt’s fall time, the kids are back in school, and many of us are re-establishing our whole food cooking routines.

Deeply enjoying the process of cooking, is foundational to creating a beneficial energetic effect of the food for our bodies. Quantum physics shows us that when we prepare food with emotions like joy and gratitude, the health and happiness of the people who consume it are directly lifted. Conversely, food prepared with negative emotions like anger, resentment, or within high-stress environments like busy restaurants, can have subtle, negative, emotional (and even physical) effects!

These principles below are adapted from my favorite book: Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford…E-N-J-O-Y!

  • Have fun, be simple, and be happy with your cooking, no matter how simple.

  • Clean as you go, and put things back in their place for ease.

  • Plan meals, soak grains & beans the day before, get into a routine, use leftovers, and streamline as much as possible.

  • Be grateful to nourish yourself and the ones you love.

  • Relax and breathe.

  • Cut out media and any other artificial sounds, and let the sounds of chopping, sizzling, and bubbling be your music mingled with the aromas.

  • Be intuitive: let the colors, tastes, shapes and smells guide you.

  • Plan the flow of cooking…when to put the beans and grains on, soak seaweeds, chop veggies, mince garlic/ginger/fresh herbs, make sauces, and steam or stir fry vegetables.

  • Keep an orderly, organized, calm atmosphere in the kitchen.

  • Arrange food attractively.

  • Listen with your inner knowing for when the food is done….you’ll know.

  • Absolutely don’t taste from a spoon and then put that spoon back in the food. The enzymes in your saliva start to break down the food and actually change the vibration.

  • Refined foods such as cornstarch, white rice, and white flour products like pasta and bread take almost twice as long to digest as whole grains, so they give one a false sense of being nourished and full. Gradually introduce whole grains as a staple food, along with plenty of good fats.

  • Learn to cook individual grains.

  • Get to know the healing powers and effects of various whole foods, then strive to bring out their natural taste and life force without changing them too much.

  • Use simple combinations of foods and spices to create variety.

  • Cook for someone who inspires you…someone you care for…someone you love.