Some people eat to live, and some people live to eat. If you fall into the latter category, you probably see food as one of life’s great pleasures and may agree with George Bernard Shaw’s sentiment that, “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
What we eat has a profound influence on who we are, how we feel and how we interact with others, so it’s no wonder that it holds a place of importance in our lives. Get in touch with your foodie side with one of these tasty journal prompts. (You might not want to try this on an empty stomach!)
5 Edible Journal Prompts
1. How do you define the term “comfort food”? What is your favorite comfort food? Is it something your mom or dad or grandma used to make when you were little or an indulgence you only have a few times a year? Describe your ultimate comfort food in detail and reflect on why you associate it with contentment, coziness or well-being.
2. What is the most unusual food you’ve ever eaten? Where were you, and who were you with? Was the experience exciting, surprising, disgusting? Would you eat it again if you had the chance?
3. Do you ever find yourself eating because of reasons other than hunger (boredom, sadness, guilt, stress)? Write about the triggers for your emotional eating and brainstorm ideas for healthier ways you can react.
4. If you had to eat food from only one country (other than your country of origin) for the rest of your life, where would you choose? What made you fall in love with this type of food? What are your favorite dishes? What would you miss the most about other cuisines?
5. Tell your journal about your relationship to cooking. Do you like to cook or prefer someone else does it for you? Do you see it as a chore or as a fun pastime? Did you grow up in a household where one or both of your parents enjoyed cooking, or did you eat a lot of take-out and TV dinners? What are your favorite dishes to prepare?
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