By Francie Lin, GFN Writer-in-Residence I think everyone would rather forget the early pandemic days…
UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, BUT MAY BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE. PLEASE JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST FOR EVENT NEWS.
On Saturday, March 18th, we will host From Seed to Stomach, a potluck and introduction to mindful eating event from 3-5pm.
Certified mindfulness instructor Leslie Smith Frank will offer an introduction to the practice of mindfulness and mindful eating. Mindfulness invites us to use all our senses when we eat, which may change our relationship to what is on our plate.
Sharing food they prepare themselves, participants will practice tuning in to taste, hunger, and fullness. By bringing to mind the cultivation and growth of each ingredient, the experience of sharing a meal can become a rich celebration!
Participants are encouraged to make the food from locally grown ingredients whenever possible. A great way to prepare for this event is to do your shopping the morning of the event at the Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market. Ask the farmer questions like the following, and keep the answers in mind when you prepare and eat the food.
- Where is your farm?
- Do you use organic or sustainable farming methods?
- What other foods do you grow?
This is a FREE event, but you must RSVP to find out the location.
***To RSVP to this event, send an email with your name and the names of anyone you are bringing with you, your phone number, and what dish you will be making to share at the event to firstname.lastname@example.org***
This event is part of Grow Food Northampton’s Seed Series happening this March and April. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more seed-related events!
Leslie has practiced mindfulness since 1993, and finds that stress keeps on coming, but she can meet it with more resilience–which feels better! She had a 25 year-long career as a physician assistant before becoming a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor through the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition to teaching mindfulness in schools, universities, businesses, and in the community, she has a deep interest in mindfulness-based intuitive eating. Her own challenges food, body image, and dieting have informed her teaching. She continues to study and train with experts in the field. For more information about Leslie and her work, her website is a good place to start.