Food for the Soul

“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.”

-Dorothy Day

Previously, people were eating to survive…not to mention, were far more active. Hunters and gatherers were up, down and all around, not sitting and typing on a computer as I am right this second. It may take me an extra five minutes to swing by the grocery store on my way home tonight. But, it may have taken them an extra 5 hours of manual labor for a meal.

The world has changed, that is for sure. Now, we don’t eat merely for survival. But rather, there are several other reasons. One of my favorite reasons for eating is for enjoyment.

I genuinely love food. Love the taste, the texture, the smell. Yum!

I do have a very specific list of foods that I would consider are “good for the soul”. My soul food doesn’t just feed my stomach, but it feeds my spirits. And like others, my list doesn’t vary too greatly from that of a typical American.

I love cinnamon and pumpkin in the fall. My soul needs mac and cheese to warm me back up some days. Chocolate cake is my favorite, especially when it is hidden under a thick layer of chocolatey-peanut butter icing. Alright, I may as well add chocolatey-peanut butter…anything.

If you told me that I was never allowed to indulge in one of my soul foods, I would likely throw a fit. That fit would look like me wanting it more often and in excessive amounts. I would become a bottomless pit. However, if I were told I could have these foods here-and-there, I could deal with that. I may even try a lighter version of these options. Sometimes, you need to feed your soul!

My best advice would be to have these foods when you are especially in need of them, not when the thought just pops into your head. And when you do have these, try and cut down the portion size. Then, I want you to enjoy them…guilt-free!

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