We are what we eat. Possibly some of the truest words ever spoken. Each cell within us moves to the vibrations of life that what we put in our bodies. Food is love. We join and nourish one another when we make, share, grow, and experience it. Learning about food as medicine lit my interest in the garden. The garden to me is an omnipresent metaphor of life. What we cultivate, sow, and invest ourselves into… is what feeds us. The garden can be your message of resilience, independence or autonomy. A powerful but peaceful protest against the things that distract us from the Earth. It is where we go to heal our mind bodies, our temples. Where we can sink into that reciprocal nature of the wild. The gateway to the circle of life is tucked away in our gardens. Often without realizing it we all develop a relationship with food. How we eat is insight and reflection into the way we live our lives. Multiple opportunities a day we get to relish in the phenomenon that we eat for fuel as well as pleasure. That we can choose what it is we want, based on all we know… A blessing, right? Rousseau said it best, ‘Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains’. The options, and the information flooding in about all the options, and the should’s and do’s as you try and move through the day make eating feel like a game of russian roulette. My food philosophies have been ever changing. What I have come to realize is that the only way to eat is to listen to what my body, my values and my circumstances. No rules, it is principles, values, levels of consciousness, and a dance between all of them.
- Eating whole food in its and natural form. Not processed, or fortified, pumped with hormones, or flavors, colors. If they have to inject it with something to make it palatable, exercise caution.
- Share food. If there is enough for you there is enough for you and some friends. Food is best enjoyed with good company.
- Slow down. We all need to grab a quick snack here and there, but to have mindfulness about our meals, and our food we have to slow down.
- Find creative expression through your meals, no not every time, but branch out and be uncomfortable. The love and good energy that goes into your food circulates back into you.
- Food can be a intimate gesture. At times it is more important to accept the gesture, than abide by personal dietary preferences. Lactaid and digestive enzymes can be helpful.
- Eat with the season of where you live. Connecting with the freshness of your surroundings, growing your food, or knowing who did may change the way you relate with food forever.
- Sugar is crack, use wisely. Seriously.
- Have reverence for all life given, so that we may support our own. Should you eat meat, eat it mindfully.