Not too long ago, I read an article about the food we eat in relation to discovering allergies (I don’t have the source, so you’ll just have to trust what I’m saying). It basically said that if our bodies don’t like the food we eat, it could affect our moods. My immediate reaction was one of disbelief; not because I had never thought of this before, but because I didn’t think this required some study. Doesn’t everyone know this? Eating good food makes us feel good. You know the saying “never trust a skinny cook?” I think it should be to never trust an unhappy one.
When I cooked and planted with the class, I noticed how much I, and everyone around me, would laugh. We were having fun. Having seemingly chugged my morning coffee only minutes before, this was a vast improvement in mood. Our tasks required our own personal efforts and communication to get it right, and we delivered. Over the past few weeks, just becoming more hands-on in the food process has produced a steady confidence in capability. We can, and did, do this. The gratification from this is something that can’t be explained, but only experienced.
Grab an apron or some gardening gloves. A better mood awaits you.