With apologies to the great C.S. Lewis, the phrase we are far too easily pleased has been running through my mind ever since Halloween. While Lewis is speaking of infinitely more important topics than food, I think it does apply very well to the way many of us view food.
(I was thinking about this topic on a recent walk. I ‘noticed’ this majestic oak for the first time. Even though I had been on this road multiple times, I was always too busy watching the road–never looked up to see what was right in front of me.)
Why do we succumb to the junk food around us–the mini candy bars, the ‘tv dinners’ with a list of non-food ingredients a mile long, the artery-clogging fast food on every corner?
When you are mourning your loss of these ‘treasures,’ do you stop to consider the wonderful bounty of food that IS available to you? Is a mini snickers bar really as tasty as a fresh date topped with a walnut half? Does a donut really compare to a freshly made ‘protein pancake’ topped with a mashed banana?
Some of the other luxuries I thought about when I said I was going to eat well for the next six days: Vickie’s wonderful mixture of cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, and walnuts, Pubsgal’s spackle, homemade yogurt with fruit and muesli, wonderful salads, pumpkin custard made with pumpkin that I roasted myself, almond joy oatmeal, banana smoothie, roasted veggies…oh you know I could go on and on about food.
Here is the bounty that I brought home from the store today:
Here is the full C.S. Lewis quote:
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Next time you are tempted to ‘go on making mud pies in a slum’ think about some of your favorite healthy foods. If nothing healthy can compare, maybe you need to spend some time cultivating new food choices. Experiment with new recipes, new food combinations. Allow yourself to have some higher calorie healthy foods like an avocado, or some walnuts, or whatever your version of a ‘holiday at the sea’ might be.
Doesn’t it feel wonderful in every which way to eat delicious healthy wholesome foods?