A New View of Healthy Eating: The Mindfulness of Tonight’s Private Cooking Class

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By Melanie A. Albert, intuitive cooking expert, author, and speaker. Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group, LLC

This evening I had the honor to guide a client in her first private cooking session. The experience was magical for her and for me. I am always in awe of the incredible dishes my students and clients create from real whole foods. And, I am inspired by my clients and students openness to experiment with intuitive cooking and to mindfully enjoy the cooking process while creating amazingly beautiful meals. My client was in awe of the enjoyment and mindfulness of cooking and eating our beautiful creations.

Today we started with a few organic roots, veggies, and greens. The first veggie we cooked was a simple spaghetti squash, followed by a simple quinoa. Then we made one of my all-time favorite dishes, bamboo steamer carrots, along with lots of roasted veggies.

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While guiding this cooking session tonight, I was reflecting on the concept that the way I share and teach people to cook is really a little like the way our grandparents were cooking. They were cooking with real whole foods, enjoying the process, and cooking mindfully.

When we cook with fresh produce that’s beautiful and colorful, it becomes naturally mindful cooking. When we chop our food, it is very meditative and mindful.  When we plate our food beautifully it is mindful. And, when we pause, and slowly enjoy our food it is mindful.

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I invite you to create a simple dish this weekend and notice the mindfulness of the experience. Come on over to our Facebook page, and share your experiences with us: www.facebook.com/NewViewHealthyEating

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