The Mindful Palate: School of Thought and Taste
We are excited to begin the next leg of our journey on the path to better health and invite you to join us as we explore more classes on simple food and cooking techniques. At The Mindful Palate, we believe that the sustainable way to feeling one’s best is through lifestyle change, a holistic approach versus just temporary shifts in eating habits. We teach clean, simple cooking and eating so that it becomes a regular mindset, not something to be stressed about or overthought daily.
With a lifelong interest in eating healthfully − and as secondhand survivor of many fad diets, quick food fixes, and right-now trends in eating − I’ve seen and tried a variety of ideas and techniques, but always return to the same school of thought: simple, fresh, clean, and in moderation.
We‘d also like to add “forgiveness” to that list because anyone with experience in today’s mainstream world knows that it’s next to impossible to eat perfectly every single day. We believe in wiping the slate clean as needed and beginning the journey to focus again.
Our logo − the Hopi symbol Tapu’at, a “life labyrinth” − represents the various ups and downs experienced with each choice we make. Each decision through this “cycle of life” can send us in a new direction.
(It was purposely hand drawn to further represent the imperfect journey. And yes, it’s no coincidence that it happens to look like a tongue!)
If we veer from that path now and then, we reflect, we tweak, and we get back on as soon as possible. Most importantly we each choose our own path, which helps us connect to the world, expand our awareness, and grow stronger.
There is no better time than now − as our food supply continues to be industrialized, manipulated, and tainted − to think critically about what we’re putting into our bodies, what path we’re taking towards health. We believe the simplest way to do that is by returning to the kitchen, learning (or re-learning, in some cases) how to cook for ourselves and our families, and spending time enjoying food with others.
Of course, this lifestyle requires us to slow down and be more present. To be mindful of the source of our food, how it’s being prepared, and with whom we are sharing it.
It doesn’t mean that everything we eat will be absolutely perfect. But it does mean that we’ll take time to think about our choices versus consuming mindlessly, a reflex with which so many of us − including me − get too comfortable from time to time. (We’ll be the first to admit to eating meals in the car, in front of a screen, or plucking something quick and ready from the store shelf.)
The idea for this business came about when we had time to step back from a routine in which we’re often overscheduling, racing from one place to another, and crashing to a halt as we lay down to sleep at night.
The name “The Mindful Palate: School of Thought and Taste” revealed itself on a leisurely yet purposeful walk when we had time to slow down, notice, and be open to new ideas. Imagine how much better each of us could feel or do when we lessen our pace, breathe, notice, and think.
We invite you to continue this journey with us and be more present with our children, families, neighbors, and community members as we grow, prepare, and share food together.