One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.
Last week I’d never heard of this word. And this week I was one!
A person who consumes no animal flesh with the exception of fish or seafood. From Italian pesce (“fish”).
I really thought this experiment would be a non-event. I’m not a major meat-eater. And I love seafood. So what’s the big deal?
Well, the big deal is that I may have just changed the whole way I approach mealtime.
I’m not ready to say I’ll never eat another piece of chicken. I AM ready to say that every meal I prepared and ate this week left me feeling nourished. And I’m going to remember that.
I’ve always enjoyed cooking. It was especially fun this week to plan and prepare meals not centered around where’s the beef? Instead, I thought about what my body was wanting; what fresh food I had on hand; what flavors would mesh; and how it would all look together. It’s not that I didn’t think about those things before. I just always began my meal planning with what meat would be the focal point. So this was a fun shift.
Here are the biggest lessons from this week:
- I can live very easily and happily without beef and pork;
- the feeling of being ‘nourished’ is very different from ‘full’. I like nourished MUCH better;
- rules and boxes make me want to rebel. Being honest with myself about what makes me feel more healthy doesn’t;
- I’m not making this shift for anyone but me. So I get to make The Rules anyway;
- if I’m at someone’s home and they cooked their beans with pork or turkey or whatever ~ I’ll eat it ~ and be grateful I live in The South;
- and yes, I still hate okra.
How do you nourish yourself?