I hope your week is having a good start. Mine sure is! I've had some problems with my health last week, so I was home a lot, with so much time to think about what I want to do with my life, the things I want to accomplish, and what I have to give, to share, to offer. There are changes coming, I can feel that for quite a while now. I feel the time is here to close one door, and open a new one. To leave some things in the past, where they belong, and move towards a new life. A life where health and happiness come first, for me and for everyone around me, a life where purity overrules wealth, where acceptance thrives over competition. This is the world I want to live in, and this is the path I'm choosing.
I will tell you more about my plans for the future in the upcoming posts, but today I want to focus on one thing in particular. I decided to publish a book, a cookbook. As part of my recovery from eating disorders I have discovered many new recipes, learned so much about nutrition, and tried out a sh**load of yummy dishes, and all of that lead me to the acknowledgment how much I enjoy to cook, to experiment and create new recipes, to host gatherings where I serve my grandmother's dishes, and her mother's before her. Now I see how important food is, I see it's not just fuel for our bodies. It's something for us to enjoy, and to enjoy the time we spend together having a good meal. There's no need for dinner parties with name tags, pretty plates with the perfectly folded napkins lined up with the silver. The joy of food comes from taste, the mix of ingredients, spices and, perhaps, a glass of good wine. But mostly the joy comes from the company we spend our time with while preparing a meal, and having a chat while finishing the evening with a fork in the pot of leftovers.
My plan is to create a cookbook with real food, for real people. No more Instagram diets, no more South Beach, no more calorie counting. I want to share with all of you my discovery why food is simple. Society made it complicated, and I'm here to try and simplify it again for you, because I think it's important we all accept the fact that happiness really does come from within. And a part of our 'within' is what and how we eat; because with food it's not only our physical wellbeing that is being nourished, it's also our minds - our souls, if you will - we are pampering. And a positive mind is the key to a positive life.
So let's start to see things for what they are: simple. We tend to complicate everything into oblivion, but now I ask you to stop for a second, and take a breath. The ingredients of life are pure, breathe them in, let them fill up your lungs, your minds. Accept them as a whole, without trying to alter them, and they will show you which path to take. Trust yourself to make the right decisions. If it feels right it probably is. Don't question positive acts, they can never be harmful; positivity breeds love and happiness, always keep that in mind. Do your best every day, and you will succeed, you will reach the goals you set, you will walk the roads you choose. As master Yoda said: 'Do or do not, there is no try.'
Have a good week everyone, talk soon!