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Rituals before having a meal

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 04, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Do you have any rituals before starting a meal ?

Saying Grace would be the most stereotypical one but basically everything counts.

For instance, I do an appreciation for all the foods that I'm about the consume and an appreciation of the process of making it.

I don't have a script but I usually throw something along the lines of "let food be my medicine" and "let me enjoy this meal".

What do you do ?

p.s. Cooking doesn't count :D

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on May 14, 2010
at 09:47 AM

"I can fuckz with that" :D

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

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on May 09, 2010
at 01:31 PM

There is not one iota of assumption in my statement, which I stand by.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on May 06, 2010
at 06:13 AM

Eating hour is a happy hour ? Nice :D

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on May 05, 2010
at 02:43 AM

@Mark, that's a huge assumption on your part to attribute that behavior to nearly all H/G cultures. I always like to point out that the Pygmy of the Congo are known to kick animals they kill and then laugh at and mock them.

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

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on May 05, 2010
at 12:02 AM

I try to do this at the point in the process where I've just killed the animal, but yeah, agreed.

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on May 04, 2010
at 06:05 PM

I was going to say cooking. Heh.

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on May 04, 2010
at 11:59 AM

Pour wine.... food seems dull without a pre-prandial glass (or two!).

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on May 04, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Most, if not all, hunter/gatherer cultures thank the animal that they just killed for food. It's basically a prayer for the animal, and an acknowledgement that the animal was not killed wantonly, but only for need. It's also a recognition of the "circle of life," and that we, too, will die one day. I think the appreciation is a nice idea.

A1a4882d31414600b2cab395a5b17161

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on May 05, 2010
at 02:43 AM

@Mark, that's a huge assumption on your part to attribute that behavior to nearly all H/G cultures. I always like to point out that the Pygmy of the Congo are known to kick animals they kill and then laugh at and mock them.

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

(4089)

on May 05, 2010
at 12:02 AM

I try to do this at the point in the process where I've just killed the animal, but yeah, agreed.

6fa48935d439390e223b9a053a62c981

(1676)

on May 09, 2010
at 01:31 PM

There is not one iota of assumption in my statement, which I stand by.

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on May 14, 2010
at 01:00 AM

I guess my ritual would be... peeing before eating because I really don't like having a full bladder before sitting down to my meal... Also, I have to set out my hot tea and napkin and whatever else I need for my dinner!

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on May 14, 2010
at 12:40 AM

I do!

I thank the Universe (my version of deity) for bringing this food to me.

I thank myself for fixing myself a healthy meal.

I thank the animals and plants that have given themselves for my meal.

I thank all the people who have participated in bringing this meal to me, and reflect on who those people are (the person who picked the lettuce, to butchered the animal, who brought the goods to the store, who sold it to me). I wish them health.

I then ask that this meal bring me to full health.

-- It's interesting that my relationship with food has really changes with paleo, it's become so much more personal. And I like the idea of thanking everyone who was involved in the making of my food, it also helps to make me aware that this food didn't just "appear" out of nowhere. And to remember to feed myself from healthy sources!

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on May 14, 2010
at 09:47 AM

"I can fuckz with that" :D

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 06, 2010
at 05:16 AM

Where I come from, we call it Happy Hour.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on May 06, 2010
at 06:13 AM

Eating hour is a happy hour ? Nice :D

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