Cook your Food with Love
The preparation of food is an art, but even if you are not the best cook, there are things you can do to improve the nutritional value and enjoyment of the food you prepare. Ayurveda believes that the mental state of the person preparing the food directly affects the body and mind of the person eating this meal. Food should be cooked with love because emotions are transferred to it and therefore nourish the subtle aspects of the human being (psychology, emotions, spirit, etc). Isn’t that why we love the food cooked by our mothers throughout all our lives?
If the meal is prepared without care, your muscles and tissues may receive enough vitamins, but your mind, emotions, and basic vitality may starve, because they don’t get prana, the life force. When food is cooked with love, the prana of the cook passes into the food, and the prana of the food is enhanced.
The act of preparing food relates to the state of transforming matter. Cooking alters its chemistry for easier digestion and assimilation. The emotional state of the cook becomes part of transformation process. When anger, tension, or hate prevails, these emotions can cause the food to affect our psychology – especially over long periods of time.
The best way to cook food is to use an open gas flame, as it is closest to natural fire. Electric stoves and ovens are also good. Microwave ovens, however, are to be avoided completely because they destroy the energy of food. This opinion is shared by all natural health experts and is backed up by scientific studies.
See also: Ayurvedic food combinations; Ayurvedic diet and eating habits; We are what we eat; Food list for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha; What it means to eat fresh.
TODAY’S TIP: When choosing pots and pans, look for stainless steel. Aluminum pans release trace levels of metal into food. There is currently some debate whether nonstick pans are carcinogenic. Until this issue is clear, it may be better to avoid using them.