Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together.” 

Guy Fieri

Ahh food … it calls our name time and again and not just because we are hungry. We crave, we need, we LOVE food!

Over on this blog post, I talked about how food is way more than just calories. The type of food we eat is essential to our well being.

Food is also the catalyst for memories, for family time, for getting together with friends and making connections.

As we move into August, my mind turns back to some sweet memories of my childhood. 

During the month of August, my mother would take six weeks off from work.  She was a pharmacist and worked in a hospital.  She scheduled her vacation at the same time every year … in August and all at once.  Why she took her vacation in one chunk is still a mystery to me.  I think initially, the reason was that we usually had family visiting from Trinidad and they stayed with us for the majority of those six weeks. 

August was filled with day trips out of the city, shopping, conversations, food, and family that I didn’t get to see throughout the rest of the year. 

For an only child, I was giddy from being surrounded by so many people and so much food!

I talk a lot about nutrition, gut health and midlife on this blog. 

The truth is I LOVE food! 

Food not only nourishes our bodies but makes us feel good, not just physically, but emotionally.  I am not talking about emotional eating here.  Rather, picture sitting at a table with family and friends and a huge feast is laid out for you or that lunch with your girls that you have not seen in forever or chilling on a patio with your significant other on a random afternoon, just because.  Food is the centrepiece, but it is surrounded by the chatter of conversations, jokes and laughter (and maybe a few tears).

So, while I’ll get back to talking about the technicalities of food shortly, let’s revel in these lazy days of summer and be grateful for family, friends … and good food!

Happy August!

Yours in health and wellness,

Francine Alleyne (RHNP™)

Holistic Nutritionist, Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner™



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