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How Much is Enough?

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Here in America, we have an abundance of… well, everything. But today we’re only talking about food.

Food is so easily attainable around here that we don’t even have to do anything but drive up, make a selection, pay, and eat. It’s almost as convenient as the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle on the Jetson’s, except you do have to leave home.

We also have the luxury of buying convenience foods of the “Just add water” or “Just add hamburger” variety, and of buying in bulk at the super-huge-box-store. Another evidence of superabundance is the portion size in American restaurants. Why is it that you can buy one meal, take home what you don’t eat, and that “one serving” will feed you for three more days? Do we really need this much?

An overabundance of any resource causes the value of that resource to go down down down. It’s like Roger Whittaker said: “And gold would not be precious if we all had gold to spare.” This is what is happening to food in our culture. It’s no longer a sacred thing that fuels and nourishes our bodies and brings our families together. It’s not even something we have to work hard to create.

Preparing your own food does not have to be a huge, daunting task. You don’t have to make a five-course meal every night, and you don’t have to entertain. Chris O’Byrne of Tiny Simplicity recently wrote about Tiny Meals. Not only does he remind us of the reasons we should slow down and enjoy food, he walks us through five simple steps: Planning, Purchasing, Preparing, Partaking, and Putting Away. Embracing all of these steps, from Planning to Putting Away, helps us to become mindful of the whole process, and makes for a more peaceful relationship with food.

Mindfulness in one area carries over to the rest of life. If you’ve been keeping a food journal, you’ve likely become more mindful of what, how much, and even when you eat. Now it’s time to think about where that food comes from, and what is really in it.

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