What about this Buddha Bowl?
At some point last year, the health conscious community got wowed with the idea behind Buddha bowl. So every grain bowl was molded to be called a Buddha bowl and then it started happening on the restaurant menus, blogs, Instagram and it really, really happened on Pintrest.
That was the time I was starting to romance the idea of a macrobiotic diet- a diet that focuses on whole grains and steamed vegetables—so this was a little confusing to me. I’d been down with the grain bowl. But what was so different that it was suddenly being called Buddha Bowl. Adding to my confusion, I saw that several blog posts suggested adding lean meat to the mix.
Were they radiating Om and doing sun salutations while I was not looking?
Hmmmm not so much. Why were everyone obssessd with putting the Buddha in the bowl then?
So apparently “Food for Buddha was very low-key” . This is what Tara Cottrell writter of “The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind,” has to say. “The key was to keep food in its place. He didn’t want food to take over our whole life.” She suggest that Buddhits do intermittent fasting, regular weigh-ins, and a no-or-low-alcohol diet.
“Buddha cared a lot more about when we eat than what we eat. His main rule around food for his followers was that they should eat only during certain hours,” says Dan Zigmond- data scientist and Zen priest.And while there’s no specific mention of the trendy Buddha Bowl in Zigmond and Cottrell’s book, the Buddha did eat from a bowl, which may have led to today’s obsession with—or, rather, appropriation of—the term.
“Buddha woke up before dawn every morning and carried his bowl through the roads or paths wherever he was staying. Local people would place food in the bowl as a donation, and at the end he would eat whatever he had been given,” explains Zigmond. “So that was the original Buddha Bowl: a big bowl of whatever food villagers had available and could afford to share. It was probably pretty healthy, since Buddha lived before the age of cheap processed food, but it was also probably pretty simple, maybe rice and a simple curry.”This was the time before the era of processed food and crispy, crunchy oil tossed junk food that you can get in 30 minutes with the tap on your digital weapon.
So did we learn anything here?
Whether it’s a Buddha bowl, a grain bowl, or bowl of belgium chocolate ice cream, eat whatever satiates your cravings and makes you happy. And go easy on the Instagram filters and hash tags, maybe.