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Navigating the Duality of Food

When Mark and I were newly married, we lived near his Grandmother, Earlene. We spent many Sunday afternoons relaxing at her house and in the evenings she loved to make us dinner.

Being a graduate student of #Nutrition, dinner at Grandma's always carried a degree of anxiety. After all, what I was learning in school clashed directly with what appeared on my dinner plate.

I recall one evening in particular; we sat eating her famous "#FritoPie", one of those family favorites, a dizzying combination of conventional beef, canned vegetables, cheese, ketchup and fried chips.

My mind raced with a toxic list of what was going into my body. While the list of processed ingredients and questionable food sources scared me, I was so overwhelmed with this being the definition of "bad food" that I missed the real insight; Earlene was sharing her #love.

Although she passed on to another realm many years ago, I reflect on those Sundays together and wonder if I could have changed my frame of mind. If I could have focused less on the impact of "#badfood" and instead welcomed it as an offering of love.

The second verse of the #Tao states that “the sage lives openly with apparent duality and paradoxical unity.” Through his interpretation, #WayneDyer asks us to “contemplate the insight that duality is a mind game” and suggests that “eliminating opposites paradoxically unifies”.

The perception of a food being “bad” comes from the fact that we perceive other foods as “good”. This duality invites us to pick a side. But, what if we didn’t?

At the end of the day, food is food. When we step out of the judgement, we open to #harmony. Food happens to be the medium through which all of us finds #connection and there is one ingredient that outweighs all the rest… love.

Absorb the beauty of being with those who love you, connecting over food that was created out of love.

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