You know what tastes good.
Dan Barber is a chef who lives and breathes the trendy concept of locally grown, organic and sustainable. At first glance, it may appear that he's buying into the movement like so many others. But after listening to an interview of him, it is apparent that his underlying intention is not about following a trend for the trend's sake. He wants to inspire consciousness about food choices.
Don't get me wrong. This is not a guy on a soapbox touting all the external reasons we should purchase our food and eat a certain way. He turns that idea upside down with a tale of two carrots...
One was grown in the Northeast in its native colder climate and sustained hard freezes during its maturation. It was cultivated with care. The other was grown on a farm in a warmer climate as quickly as possible. Carrot A is is sweet and rich and fabulous. Carrot B is bland and pales in comparison.
He claims that once you taste the good carrot, you'll never go back.
But here's the thing...
By eating the yummy carrot, you're simply following your taste good. But that carrot is also packed full of nutrients and really good for you. And since it's grown organically and locally it's good for the earth.
So, here's my question...
If we allow ourselves to be driven by flavor, will the by-product be not only good for us, but also good for the world?
Our connection to our food is becoming nonexistent. We don't really know what's in it and are totally unaware of where it comes from. We've opted for convenience and stopped thinking about it.
Could it be that's what's happening with life?
Maybe we have disassociated. We do things because we've bought into the prepackaged version of... work, relationships, exercise, school... and don't choose our own ingredients. In a lot of things we do, we don't know what the good carrot tastes like.
So how do you know when it's the real thing?
- It doesn't feel like a craving.
- It's not a distraction.
- It doesn't feel like your settling.
- You aren't thinking about what you'd rather have.
- You aren't doing it because someone else told you it was a good idea.
- You don't have to rationalize it.
- There's no guilt associated with it.
You're having it / doing it / living it because you specifically chose it. And it's so good you can just be with it and enjoy it and feel awesome about it.
What a delicious way to make the world a better place.