I have been thinking about inspiration now that I have crossed the 1-year mark post surgery. Let me share with you stats, since I think some you may want to know. I lost 81 lbs. While saying that and feeling great about the accomplishment, there is still lots of adjustments that are not tied to the weight.
As you know, I love food. Thinking, eating, cooking, blogging, and watching it takes up most of my waking hours. I have had to find new inspirations that go with these permanent changes. As I am not going back!
After my trip to Paris, I was deeply moved by the local, innovative, and the classic all rolled into each meal. I know that the trend for molecular preparation is all the rage, but it lacks the emotional connection for me. I want to have a deep and meaningful relationship with the butcher who prepares my rabbit; with the fish monger who cleans my monkfish; and with the producer who harvests my olive oil. Cultivating new friends with a re-jiggered stomach that are not part of the surgical weight loss community is few and far between.
So, I have discovered new pockets of inspiration. In Paris, Au Passage, Agape Substance and the brilliant Miss Lunch bring inspiration, creativity and passion to their life, every day, each day, with their relationship to food. Believe it or not, Communal in Provo, Utah does the same in this food desert community.
Each day, those who give of themselves in the kitchen see food choice, prep, and cooking as a spiritual expression of who they are. Similar to a Sunday church service, there is drama, rejoicing, humility, and beauty. There is faith in the gut of knowing what is right and what is false. They honor the goddess who brings the bounty that then is transformed into a meal of memorable dimensions.
So I encourage you to discover what inspires you and then to take that inspiration and share it with others. Be it a meal, a story, a poem, a song, or a newly configured stomach.
I am inspired by what I know about myself.