What foods/beverages do you eat when you want to nurture yourself?

Canada
January 4, 2008 7:33pm CST
One more time...this is my first discussion in 2008...so to those I have not extended happy new year greetings to...I hope the coming year brings you greater happiness, health and abundant living than ever before. Now on to the topic...this one came to mind after a trip to our old hometown to celebrate my birthday and new years eve. Most everyone I have talked to during the last few days commented that they ate and drank too much. In their view they were 'nurturing' themselves with food because it was the holidays and what they chose to eat ran the gambut. That led me to wonder what Mylot members choose as comfort food...anytime of the year. My hubs David gravitates to salty foods and loves onion and garlic potato chips. I am more of a whole grain muffin type with LOTS of chunky peanut butter...and upon occasion a glas of white wine with friends. So what about you...what foods and beverages do you like to have when you feel the need to nurture yourself? Look forward to hearing from you as always... Raia
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@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
If im going to go all out in nurturing drama i tend to make a nice big pot of chicken stew with dumplings,a homemade spaghetti sauce or for something fast,chips'n'dip,muffins heated up in the microwave with butter on them,a nice bowl of soup with crushed crakers in it,a big salad with sliced grilled chicken meat and lots of bacon bits or just a thick slice of homemade bread toasted with alot of peanut butter on it,haha! Peanutjar:):)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
Hi peanut jar...mmmmmmmm good! That was my response to reading what you like to eat when looking for comfort food. Everything you describe certainly has a 'down-home' stick to your ribs appeal to it. With my love of peanut butter I have to say the thick slice of homemade bread toasted with A LOT of peanut butter gets my vote...just love my peanut butter too! Do you like smooth or crunchy...or does peanutjar care? Just as long as it has peanuts...right? Happy munching... Raia
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@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
Lol,actually peanutjar only likes the smooth and creamy peanut butter in her jar,haha!I do not like the crunchy kind.When i was young i use to put a big tablespoon of peanutbutter in my mouth,thats how much i loved it,lol.I think i will go make one right now,it's about tht time of night i get my nightly food cravings,haha!I wonder why?!All this talking about food every night. Peanut-jar:)
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
6 Jan 08
To me there are two things which I can't just do without. one is my Tea, [beverage] and the second is Rasam with rice. I desperately need this tea first thing in the morning, to start the day's work. I must have a nice large cup of tea, [TajMahal brand] first thing in the morning and I call it my fuel for the day.I sit in a comfortable chair and sip this tea in a leisurely manner. I hate to get up in the midst of this and I love it boiling hot. As far as food goes I need to have steaming hot rice with rasam[ Rasam is a diluted gravy /soup/ kind of dish and this forms the daily part of a meal in a Tamilian's day. I am supposed to make good rasam and everyone[especially my son, father-in-law, mother-inlaw, sis-inlaw] love my rasam.I shall make this for you when you visit India some day Raia.My son's friends love this and drink this plain. To them it is just like tomato soup.Generally North indians like this as a soup and do not take it with rice.But, when a colleague of my son[who is in the US] came home for lunch, he had rice with rasam, and enjoyed traditional southIndian food, sitting crosslegged on the floor.So, you would also enjoy drinking my rasam or can even try it with riceThough this is just normal routine food and beverage, I need this to nurture body and spirit.Apart from this basic food and drink, I love to nurture myself with fruit salad and green salad.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
6 Jan 08
On the other hand if we are going to talk about indulgence there are two things that I love-one is almond halwa, and the other is good icecream.I used to make very good sweets at home , but now that I am middleaged I have to watch my weight and so I control my sweet tooth a bit.Today I made a wonderful sweet dish at home and believe it ,it was really nice and it was a reincarnation of left -over porridge in a totally different garb.Even a great expert cook would have had difficulty identifying it.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
6 Jan 08
I used to make divine almond halwa at home and this was an alltime favourite with in-laws too. I forgot to write that I love chocolates, cream biscuits and generally all sweets. I love peanut chikky -this is roasted groundnuts made into balls with thick jaggery syrup mix. It is like chewing gum in texture and is great.As far as beverages go, I have no specific preferences except coffee and tea.
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• Canada
9 Jan 08
Oh Kala... I took some time read and then re-read your three additions to this discussion so I could absorb the energy contained within them. In doing so it allowed me to pick up on another aspect of your life, traditions and favorite foods and beverages. It gives me real pleasure to envision you in your favorite chair savoring your morning tea. You know what my friend...I have a similar ritual. Green, Jasmine, Oolong or Bojemi are four of my favorite teas and I alternate them throughout the week. My grandmother was a Brit...and I learned the fine art of tea brewing from her very early in life. She was always adamant that the pot be heated before EVER putting the tea in. She felt that putting the tea in and adding boiling water without pre-heating it did not allow for a proper release of the blend. Whether that I true or not it is the way I have made tea and to this day I would not want to dishonor her memory and the special tea times we shared by doing it any other way. Then as you do, I love to take my pot and a crystal clean clear cup and sit down and start my day in the leisurely way you do. When you went on to say what your favorite foods are and saying that you would prepare them for me if I ever come to India really touches my heart. As our pen-pal friendship is deepening and expanding I often think what a deep level of enjoyment I would derive from participating in what you describe with you. Another parallel...I absolutely love chunky peanut butter too and when time permits we make our own with just peanuts in our Champion juicer. It has an attachment that allows us to make yummy chunky peanut or other nut butters. So yet another thing we have in common even though we are two women in different cultures and countries. I would love to sit cross-legged and have you tell me more about you, your country, your travels and share our views on most anything. Thankfully with the improvement in my knees I am now able to be that and I am grateful. It is a real pleasure to discuss deeper topics with you...but also wonderful to share personal preferences, interests and things that enhance the quality of life on every level. Your interest and support of my topics means a lot to me...thank you. Until we chat again very warm wishes and caring regards are being sent your way. Raia
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@MisChasi (77)
• Philippines
5 Jan 08
Ice cream is my pick, but when I think about that bladder infection I had last year, I run straight to the cranberry juice. I don't want that "thing" to come back, nor do I want a kidney infection!!!
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
Hello Mischasi and welcome to Mylot. Ice cream...that is a popular nurturing food for a lot of people. Do you have a favorite flavor? I support your use of cranberry juice with bladder infections..it sure does a lot to re-balance the body chemistry. Raia
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• Philippines
7 Jan 08
Thanks for the welcome to myLot....awww, I'm still a baby. My favorite ice-cream flavor is Dulce de Leche by Haagen-Dazs. See ya around.
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• Canada
9 Jan 08
Oh yes...Hagan Daz! My view is if you are going to indulge do it with good quality foods. Yes, we will see each other around. We all cycle in and out of discussions and are bound to chat again. Hope so! Again enjoy your time here...I sure do! Raia
@roniroxas (10574)
• Philippines
5 Jan 08
i like to drink a lot of apple juice to nurture myself. sometimes a little chocolate.
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
Hi again.. Apple juice that sounds like a healthy nurturing food. Ah yes, a little chocolate that is a treat that I didn't put down but I do enjoy it upon occasion too. I like Lindor and Ferrero Rocher...mmmm, mmmm good! Raia
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@roniroxas (10574)
• Philippines
6 Jan 08
hmmm i love ferrero also. it is nice to know that we have a lot in common.
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
Yes...as we chat more it becomes clear that we truly do have a lot in common...and that is a nice little heart-warmer. I appreciated our shared enthusiasm for Shrek and company from the very beginning...but have also taken note of our like-mindedness in other areas as well. As we speak here I just polished off two Ferrero Rochers from a box that friends gave David and I as one of our Christmas presents. They were finger licking, mouth watering delicious. The way they melt in your mouth and that creamy chocolate center...yes I am becoming more passionate for chocolate than I ever was throughout my whole life before. Sexy, sensual delicious melt in your mouth chocolate...I am a late bloomer but fully 'get' what others have been telling me for years. Chocolate is a lovely treat! I fully intend to enjoy it in small portions because no chocolate is worth putting on weight for...too hard to take it off at this point in life! Anyway, thanks for keeping in touch...I will do the same. Raia
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
5 Jan 08
We have some local dishes here that I love to eat, most of them spicy and some are simply roasted or either deep-fried. As for drinks, I love juices like mango and (believe it or not!) coconut juice!=) As a food lover, I can't barely watch my diet so I make sure that I can still control the whatever it is that I eat. May you prosper more this year, bless you and your family..
• Canada
5 Jan 08
Greetings Raijin...how delightful to hear from you again. I haven't been around here as much the past couple of months because of the holidays, work and personal commitments. However, I hope to be able to structure more regular Mylot time because I truly miss the connections with valued on-line friends...and I count you among them. I also wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, abundant 2008 and beyond and thank you for your warm hearted wishes for us. Much appreciated. Sounds like you have some traditional dishes that nourish your body and spirit...and that is what comfort foods are about alright. Mango and coconut juices are something I would love to drink...are they commercial drinks or something your make yourself? I am a big fan of 'au natural' foods and drinks and my hubby makes me a wide variety of juices from fresh fruits and vegetables that really nourish me on all levels too. Anyway, I expect we'll be chatting more and I look forward to that. In the meantime...eat, drink and be happy...but as you say...all in moderation! Cheers and best regards, Raia
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
5 Jan 08
Fruit juices like mango and coconut are common here, you can find them almost everywhere and turn into fresh juices. Though there are those that're preserved, I prefer to make them my own. Haven't been active here for the past month as well, been busy during the holidays also. But I'm hoping that I can keep up on some of my friends here, their topics and respond to others that catches my attention!;)
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
I appreciate hearing about your juicing preferences...they are a yummy, nourishing drink alright. Well even though you haven't been here as much it is always good to connect when we can. Wishing you all you would like for yourself in the months ahead. We will chat again when the time is right. Raia
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@brimia (6585)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I love veggie stew with dumplings. I also love good ol' PB & J sandwiches, chips and salsa, and raisin-filled cookies.
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• Canada
8 Jan 08
Veggie stew with dumplings...mmmmmm sounds so stick to the ribs GOOD! Raisin-filled cookies...that is a good one too! Yummies in our tummies alright. Raia
• United States
5 Jan 08
Ice cream but that is not really to nurture myself however I do find it very comforting to spoil myself.
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
Hi Whiteheather and warm new years greetings... Ice cream...yes, that is a special treat for me as well. Do you have a favorite flavor? Plain old vanilla or tiger/tiger (orange with licorice) are favorites. I also like sherbet...orange and lime are refreshing too. Anyway, keep on keeping on! Raia
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@andyliuzn (1029)
• Guangzhou, China
5 Jan 08
Hi Raia, Happy New Year. Since I mostly eat outside during the work days, I'll nurture myself during the weekend by cooking myself all kinds of my favourite foods. I am not that a good cook but generally I like most vegetables a lot. Andy
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
Hi Andy...new years cheer to you too! It is great to hear the number of members who gravitate to healthy food choices like vegetables. There sure is a change in consciousness from year ago when junk food used to be the nurture food of choice. Good to hear from you and we'll keep that going into 2008. All the best my friend, Raia
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@williamjisir (22900)
• China
5 Jan 08
Hello my dear Perspective friend. Well, when I want nurture myself, I always choose orange juice and liquid yogurt and milk as my beverage. As to food, I long for green vegetables and some chicken soup as they are my favorite. Thanks, dear friend, for your new year greeting and your first new discussion in 2008. Good luck and Happy New Year to my perspective friend.
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
Hello Williamjisir...good to chat with you again at the beginning of a new year. It is important for you to know that your words have a very endearing energy to them my friend...and it touches my spirit...thank you. Yes, I am your perspective friend...but you can also call me Raia...or perspective...because I feel the energetic exchange no matter what name you use. Your nurture foods certainly fall into a healthy living category and I am sure your body appreciates that. May the foods you eat and the beverages you drink continue to nourish you for many, many years to come. Wishing you a bountiful year full of all the blessing you deserve. Your friend perspectives Raia
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@remo999 (49)
• Canada
5 Jan 08
Nurture foods for me? Junk food!!! Potato chips, chocolate and pop! Yep that sure works well for me. I don't indulge with it the way I used to, but every now and again I give into my cravings and enjoy it to the fullest.
• Canada
5 Jan 08
I used to be much more fixated on 'good and bad' foods. Now I think your approach is the way to go...enjoy the special treats upon occasion...thoroughly and eat healthy the rest of the time. Good plan. Raia
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• India
20 Jan 08
A different fruit in breakfast.Mostly papaya. Sprouts in Lunch. South Indian dishes in supper. 500ml milk at bed time.
@anniepa (27280)
• United States
12 Jan 08
Ooh...comfort food!! There are so many good foods and beverages I turn to for comfort or for nurturing or whatever you'd like to call it. Too many, unfortunately! But, if I have to choose I'll say chocolate - any kind of chocolate - or maybe ice cream when I feel I need something sweet and when I feel the need for something salty, give me a hot bowl of buttered popcorn put me on a comfy chair and cover me with a blanket, either put on a good TV show or movie, something good to escape into or give me a good book. Annie