Treat Yourself and Make Your Meals Feel Fancy

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been doing some small things to make our meals more of an experience. I’ve already talked about cooking a slow breakfast and having joyful rituals, so today’s tip is in line with those ideas. You’ve got to treat yourself and make your meals feel fancy.

I’m now serving simple meals on smaller, nicer plates. Yes, it’s portion control, but psychologically it does feel like more food. Eating on nicer plates also has a bit of a self-esteem boost to it. I’m getting rid of all of our old, chipped dinnerware because seriously, it’s just sad. Some nice plates from the thrift store shouldn’t be too dear a cost for most people.

The other thing I’m doing is garnishing everything. Add some sliced tomatoes or cucumbers on the side. A dollop of Turkish yogurt, far better for you than sour cream, with the appropriate dish. I’ve taken to buying fresh herbs, because I don’t have space for an herb garden right now. Some cilantro, parsely, or basil, snipped off the living plant and added to the plating, is amazing. We love arugala, so that ends up in, on, or along side a lot of things.

Treat Yourself and Make Your Meals Feel Fancy

We eat with our eyes as much as we do with our mouths. In addition to slowing down, eating mindfully, and allowing ourselves time to digest, making our meals look nice is an act of kindness and self-care. It’s not merely fuel, jammed into our maw as quickly as possible so we can get back to work. It’s a little work of art, a tiny bit of craftsmanship, created just for us. Enjoy it. Make your meals an oasis. Pay attention to the details. It doesn’t have to be complex.

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