SHARING FOODS SHARING CULTURES

Trilok School has a unique lunchtime tradition. Every day is a potluck adventure of diverse cuisines, revealing diverse cultures. Lunches prepared by parents are divided up and shared amongst all students in the class equally. Accommodations are flexibly made for any necessary dietary restraints. Practices of food sharing at lunch cultivate a diversified palate and stimulate cultural wonder among classmates. By sharing food, students learn about each other’s cultures as well as sampling new and different types of food. Children at Trilok practice a global tradition of graceful eating from fingertips to mouth, using well-washed hands as feeding implements. Yogic insight suggests that this method of eating with the fingertips refines children’s fine motor skills while engaging the finger’s sensory-motor nerves to prepare the body for digestion. This intimacy with food stimulates embodied self-regulation, preventing humans from over or under eating.