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 As I’m sure we’re all aware, food is necessary for life as humans. It’s celebrated in festivals and ‘holidays’ with anything from highly popular Lobster Festivals to National Ice Cream Day! But, sometimes, I feel like people don’t fully appreciate everything food is and offers us as people.

     Food is amazing. When ingested, our bodies transform it into energy, it has the power help us build muscle, and overall, it can satisfy any hunger that we had prior to eating the meal. Yet, too many people in this world eat without the enjoyment that should come hand-in-hand with eating.

    With every bite, there should be an explosion of flavors in your mouth that leave you with your eyes closed and for you to slow down your chewing to help you savor every bite. Food should leave you wanting to get up and start dancing because a party just began in your mouth and you decided to join. In today’s world, everyone is always in such a hurry that they shove food into their mouth, chew it once or twice, and continue on with the rest of their hectic schedule without tasting a single flavor. I understand that people can be busy, and that every meal can’t be heaven sent where you can sit down and indulge in every last bite, but if one meal a day isn’t like that, you really should reevaluate how busy your schedule is.

     There have been times in my life, where I eat food that is so undeniably delicious, that I can’t even imagine why people do drugs. The food is so amazing that I know if a group of disputing people would sit around a table and eat the food I just ate, world peace would be accomplished. It’s not even the same meal every time. There have been occasions that I’ve even eaten pizza from Domino’s that made me feel so great, that I imagined all of the things I listed before. The thing is, I’ve had that exact pizza many times before.

     Eating food is just as much a mental activity as it is physical. So, I challenge you to pick any meal throughout your day and savor it. Every last bite. Don’t swallow until you’ve identified every flavor and realize how fortunate you are to be in the position you are now. I’m not saying to indulge in gluttony as your new lifestyle, but you should enjoy the foods you eat for there are so many people in this world who don’t have the pleasure.

Food is a beautiful art that has brought people together since the beginning of time. 

Now remember that next time you sit down for a meal.

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