Friday, July 19, 2013

Dining with Mother Nature

To increase your enjoyment and awareness of nature, there are 5 simple things you can do at your dining table: Eat outdoors, eat fresh, eat wild, eat thoughtfully, and eat thankfully. All of these things are easy and can be done by anybody, no matter where you live.
  1. Eat outdoors. Why save the picnic table for holidays and parties only? Our instincts seem to tell us that outside dining is a good thing. Why not do it more often? No special event necessary. Simply grab your coffee and cereal bowl and walk out the door. Why watch The Weather Channel when you could be looking at real clouds?
  2. Eat fresh. As much as possible, eat real food. Real food is mostly the stuff your great grandmother would recognize.
  3. Eat wild. Almost no matter where you live, there is probably real food growing wild right outside your door. Start simple, and be careful, of course. This time of year, it's easy to find wild blackberries or raspberries. Young tender leaves from a dandelion growing in the yard will make an interesting addition to a salad. Nuts are available in the fall. If eating wild interests you and you want to take it further, be sure to educate yourself. Positively identify anything before it you eat it, and be sure you know how to prepare it safely. Mistakes can make you very sick or worse.
  4. Eat thoughtfully. Think about what you're eating. Where did it come from? What is its life-cycle? Imagine the wheat in your bread blowing in a breeze before it was harvested. Imagine how the apple in your hand was once a seed, then a tree, then a flower, which became your apple.
  5. Eat thankfully. We should all be thankful for the food on our table. Our fruits and vegetables and meat and drink sustain us and bring us joy. To share good food at the table with people we love is one of life's greatest blessings, and we should always be thankful for the opportunity.

Wild Blackberries
Wild Blackberries
Educate yourself before trying wild edibles

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