Feasting

This post is part of Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade.

Every day is a feast in modern life, it seems. Every day we live our lives saturated and over-stimulated, with abundance at every turn.

It lessens the impact of the true meaning of the feast. When we can grab a super-sized double-cheese-double-burger with extra large fries and a grande iced latte at the drive through any day of the week, we lose sight of the fact that, for most of human existence, eating was something that could not be taken for granted.
Or clothing. Or shelter. All these things were products of hard work.
True, we work for our money. But how many of us actually craft anything by hand anymore? How many have made a garment, or even a loaf of bread?
When food is made by hand, we appreciate the meaning of a feast. The feast is abundant and varied, each dish taking time and care to make. This is why holidays were called feast days. Tonight, I prepare a harvest feast for myself and my husband, and we shall appreciate the meaning behind a feast because it all comes from us.
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5 responses to this post.

  1. You can't have a feast without a fast…. and you can't fast in the modern world unless you are unlucky enough to be very poor, or you force yourself not to eat. And when you force yourself not to eat, is it retrospective (i.e. because you have feasted) or anticipatory (i.e. because you are going to feast.) It gets complicated. Modern processed foods make feasting morph into binging and fasts morph into repentance. Eating real food makes it easier to approximate the natural cyles of feast and famine our bodies thrive under, adn to appreciate the meaning of both. Enjoy your feast!

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  2. That looks yummy!!

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  3. I was "lucky" to know the difference between regular food and a feast. We never go around hungry, but we had very, very simple food which goal was to satisfy hunger and nothing more. Even when I was on my own I had periods of very lean eating, and knew the difference when I could eat fancy stuff when visiting others. But still, there was no time I was forced to fast because there was nothing to eat. Being poor in Western world means really bad quality of food, not the amount of it. And as a society we probably think we "fixed" the issue of poverty, b/c there are no kids on the streets dying of hunger. But they are still fasting- it's a fast from proper nutrition and real, healthy food.

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  4. Thanks for all the great comments!Autsajader, I think you hit on something very important — we are an obese nation that's still nutrient-starved. In fact, there was a great post at the Mark's Daily Apple forum in which someone mused that perhaps the body goes into "starvation mode" when it's not getting enough nutrients rather than enough calories — so someone can be eating 3,000 cal/day and still be in starvation mode.The really sad part is that it is possible to eat nutritious foods (maybe not optimal, but sufficient) on a budget (Jenny at The Nourished Kitchen fed her family for a month on a food stamp budget), but there is a lack of education about what you actually need to focus on. Yeah, if you try to eat salads and fat-free milk, you'll starve on a budget.

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  5. Wow, your writing is almost poetic. You are exactly right in regard to the importance of crafting your own feasts. You appreciate it more and it slows life down a bit. Which I think everyone needs.

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