Reflections on Freedom and Food

Today is Independence Day in the United States, offering a moment to reflect on freedom and food. If you hadn’t thought of pairing those two topics together, it’s a natural given the holiday.

Any time I hear people say that they’re trapped in their lives, they’re implicitly saying that they don’t feel free. But it also infers that they are holding themselves as victims to their circumstances. Victims are not free; they are captive to their conditions.

Freedom begins in the mind. When you cherish and embrace freedom, it becomes an essential value to live by.

Think about how freedom affects you personally. Do you feel it in your life? What would make you feel freer? What is one thing you can do to enhance your freedom during the summer?

You can ponder this while you embark on the holiday weekend and prepare to take some quality time for yourself. In fact, what better time to reflect than over your grill? (I’ll bet you were wondering how I was going to segue from freedom to food…..)

And if you’ve been working so hard that you haven’t had time to think about your holiday food fest, here are some ideas to whet your appetite.

Food, party and grilling ideas from chefs at the Food Network.

Classic 4th of July dishes from Delish.

The best menus for a holiday cookout from Pioneer Woman.

80 more ideas from Parade.

I wish you good reflections, and bon appetite!

“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”
– Mahatma Gandhi

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