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Does Food Made with Love Really Taste Better?

We’ve all heard that food made with love tastes better; but what if it was actually true? 

With Thanksgiving approaching, some moms may be starting to feel the pressure of cooking up a delicious feast for family and friends. The week before the holiday will consist of a long do-to list of grocery shopping, food prep, baking, cooking, and sinks full of dishes. Such a huge task can cause any mom to feel overwhelmed, stressed, or even resentful over the feast. 

“Don’t cook when you’re mad, the food will taste bad.”

This simple rhyme may seem like a far-out notion; but is there any truth to it? Can our thoughts and emotions really affect the quality of the food we make? 

Both science and Scripture appear to say yes! 

Whether in or out of the kitchen, our mindset matters in creating delicious food as well as an enjoyable life

The hidden Messages in Water

Japanese scientist, Dr. Masaru Emoto conducted a number of experiments on the effect that human consciousness has on the molecular structure of water.

In one experiment, glasses of water were exposed to various words, pictures, and music before being flash-frozen. Next, the ice-crystal’s aesthetic properties were examined under a microscope. The images showed that the water which had been exposed to positive speech and thoughts formed into delicate fractals or snowflakes. Meanwhile, the water exposed to negativity became distorted. 

The results from this experiment, published in New York Times bestseller The Hidden Messages in Water, provides evidence that our thoughts and energies can have altering effects on water, down to the molecular level. 

Nearly everything we eat and drink contains some degree of water. Not to mention, the human body consists of up to 60% water. With this knowledge, we should consider the significant impact our emotions have on our physical environment.  

"This crystal is as perfect as can be.
This indicates that love and gratitude are fundamental to the phenomenon of life in all of nature.”

What the Bible Says about Mindful Thoughts

Now we know the importance of our thoughts is not a new phenomenon. The Scriptures are filled with wisdom concerning the state of our minds and hearts. Mindfulness comes from God. 

Here are several verses from the Bible encouraging intentional thoughts:

"So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life."
"What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words."
"Fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm."
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."
"For the sense and reason of the flesh is death,
but the mind-set controlled by the Spirit finds life and peace."
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."

These verses from Scripture were not meant to be manufactured on cute coffee mugs and forgotten about. Rather, the authors intended for us to really take the matters of our mind seriously. 

Most of us go about our days letting our thoughts drift mindlessly. But if we stopped to pay attention to our mind, what would it sound like? Would our thoughts be true or honorable? Are we setting on attention on love and grace? How many of our thoughts are really fastened on every glorious work of God?

By becoming aware of our our negative thought habits, we can work with God to replace them. We can literally become transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2)

Overcome Negative Thought Patterns

In his second love letter to the church of Corinth, the apostle Paul commands his readers to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). 

By using this terminology, Paul is insisting that we capture thoughts as if they were prisoners of war. This war symbol may come across like a paradox considering the self-sacrificing love of Christ. The point of this strict metaphor is that our thoughts can do a lot of harm when they go unexamined. 

Once we have taken our thoughts captive, Paul says the next step is to make them obedient to Christ. This is implying that it is much more effective to redirect negative thoughts rather than discard them altogether. 

Here are some practical ways to overcome negative thought patterns by setting our minds on things above:

1. Replace Bitterness with Gratitude

Whether we enjoy cooking or not, there are certainly days when it can be a chore.

We’ve all been there, feeling completely drained while trying to whip up a quick meal. Meanwhile the kids are causing chaos in the next room. Rather than getting lost in the relaxing flow of cooking, we get lost in a downward spiral of toxic thoughts. 

Although our brains are wired to focus on the negativity, the simplest method to get out of a pessimistic thought pattern is through gratitude. 

Studies have found that counting your blessings can literally change neuropathways in your brain, leading to even more joy.

Before the meal prayer on Thanksgiving, my family’s tradition is to stand around the food, taking turns expressing our gratitude. Perhaps this Thanksgiving, we can practice thinking thoughts of gratitude during the process of cooking.

2. Challenge the Lies with Truth

More often than not, the negative thoughts in our head are distorted realities of the truth. Sometimes, we overgeneralize events by convincing ourselves things “always” or “never” happen.

For example, while cleaning up the kitchen after dinner, we might see our husband lying on the couch browsing his phone. Our mind begins thinking of how he “never” helps out. Or we think about how we “always” do “everything”. 

Rather than allowing these antagonistic thoughts to manifest into a bigger problem, challenge them.

Take out some paper and write down these overgeneralizations. Then ask, “Is this true?” By doing this, you may find yourself writing down all the ways that your husband does, in fact, help.

With a pen and paper out, we should also go to the Scriptures to guide us toward the truth. It can be easy to feel under-appreciated in our homes but we have the assurance that God sees every good and secret work we do.

3. Compassionate Self-Talk

As we go about our days, we may find our thoughts replaying memories from the past. This is completely normal. Past memories teach us lessons for the present and the future.

Thoughts of the past becomes distorted when self-criticism gets included in the process. 

When we think about what we “should’ve” said or “shouldn’t” have done, we give ourselves false labels when we think, “Why did I say that? I’m such an idiot.”

Give yourself some grace! We can be so hard on ourselves. When it comes to changing the past, we have no control. All that we can do is learn, accept, and move forward. 

If the Designer the Universe can forgive you, then you can forgive yourself, too. 

When our minds become distorted with self-condemnation, we must actively redirect our thoughts to self-compassion. We must learn to speak to ourselves as we would a friend or child who has come to us for help.  

4. Whistle While You Work

And when all else fails, sing! 

Singing is scientifically proven to release endorphins and oxytocin, which can eliminate feelings or anxiety or depression. 

When you notice yourself spiraling down into a negative thought pattern, starting singing (or humming) something uplifting. Let the kids join in as well!

It may feel strange at first, but overtime, you will find “whistling while you work” to be a natural part of your day.

The Secret Ingredient is Always Love

So whether we’re creating a holiday feast or tossing ingredients in the Crockpot before heading out the door, cultivating a mind set on love can change our meals and our lives.

With the actionable advice from this article, let us cook up a delicious mindset of love and gratitude!

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