"Let Food Be Thy Medicine" -- Hippocrates
Our biological bodies are assembled from and fueled by the food we eat, after the gut microbiome processes it for us. We live in an age where much of our food is grown in nutrient-deficient soils, where subsidized chemical warfare is called “traditional farming”, where antibiotics which decimate our essential gut microbiota are prescribed frivolously, and where we are systematically and unrelentingly bombarded with misinformation about food by corporate marketing and big-ag-and-big-pharma-funded studies. There are often added psychological, social, and ecological costs hidden in these food practices, which further tax our wellbeing. In spite of all this, the human organism is incredibly resilient; which is, of course, wonderful. But it can also make it even more challenging to decipher what truly healthy eating means.
I believe eating whole foods — locally, organically, and ethically grown by regenerative agricultural practices which ensure the soil (and thereby the food) are nutrient-and-life-dense — is an essential part of a holistic approach to health and happiness.
Having a clean diet is one of the foundations for well-being. Food can be medicine. When we don't treat food as medicine, we experience negative results in our physical bodies. Perhaps lesser-known: it also negatively affects our emotional, mental, and subtle experience. The arts of eating, cooking, cultivating, and harvesting food have implications on our minds, our bodies, on the environment, on the biosphere, on the social sphere, and on the political sphere.
Conscious eating, especially functional plant-based cuisine, is a form of ecological healing.
I am not suggesting that you give up your favorite foods. Incorporating any amount - even a small amount - of ethically sourced functional plant-based cuisine into our diets can have far-reaching effects.
How do we take our love and enjoyment for food to the highest level and have it be an act that heals the planet, our body and our mind all at the same time?
Without sacrificing the joy of eating?
Without giving up the spice of life?