G-d made the physical world for us to enjoy. The Talmud says that when a person faces their Creator at the end of their days, they will be asked, “Did you taste all the fruits of my creation?”
Ta’am Hachayim is an Israeli phrase meaning “taste of life,” signifying the pleasure to be had in enjoying different foods. Kashrut (kosher) as an eating ethic can also promote mindful and healthy eating. Talk as a family about nutritious shopping and menu planning.
“Try it…you’ll like it!” Parents can model opportunities to taste new things and talk about smell, texture, color and the diversity of food. Choose a new fruit or vegetable to feature at a family meal.
One way to slow down and be more mindful of how and what you eat is to pause before eating and give thanks for what you will enjoy. The Shehecheyanu blessing thanks G-d “for sustaining us in life to reach moments of ‘firsts’ and to appreciate new experiences.”
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam she-hecheyanu ve’key’eh’manu ve’higiy’anu lazman ha-zeh.
As a family, discuss ways of showing appreciation to farmers, harvesters, packagers and all who are involved in bringing good food to your table.
- The Jewish Food Experience can help bring fun and a world of tastes to everything from yogurt to challah.
- Strategies to help picky eaters expand their tastes
- Pointers for planning nutritious meals (as well as a healthy life style)
- You can pause before eating to say blessing (berakha) that voices gratitude to the Creator for a world of smells and tastes from natural sources
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