Vitamin L stands for Vitamin Love, and it’s a concept that I learned as part of my studies with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Our bodies are effected by so much more than the physical food on our plate and Joshua Rosenthal (the founder of the school) came up with this term to remind us to see our plates from a broader perspective. It isn’t just about how many fruits and veggies you get or how much sugar you’re eating.
Growing up my mom often referred to dishes she prepared as “having love on it.” How true it is! Most of the time when we eat out, food is missing Vitamin L. I always try to keep this in mind when I’m planning meals for a week or buying lunch at work. How much food have I prepared in my own kitchen, from my own heart to nourish me as much as possible? It’s a neat concept, right?
How to tell if your meal has Vitamin L:
1.) Is it home cooked?
2.) Was it made by someone who loves you? A friend? A family member? A significant other? Or even yourself?
3.) Could you watch the person preparing your meal? Did they seem relaxed, content, or even joyful? (I always like watching the crew at Chipotle in Framingham joking and laughing while they work.)
I have several food sensitivities, but the reactions I have to certain foods are DRASTICALLY different depending on my frame of my mind. If I’m anxious about work, or a boy, or something has triggered me into a mental place where I’ve hit the worry loop, I have a harder time digesting food in general. This is just another example of the notion that loads of factors influence the way our bodies digest foods and take in nutrients.
A neat thing to keep in mind when we sit down to eat and snack everyday. Be well!