Why Nutrition?

Oh my word. So much information…

Is going plant-based going to save the planet? Should I try keto to lose weight? Eat raw. Eat right for your intolerances…

It’s exhausting.

And in among all of the information, what the nutrition chat always seems to lack is talking about nourishment…

And frankly it’s the biggest oversight in the whole conversation because a calorie count is never going to light up your heart.

 

Nourishing your soul

So what’s going to nourish your soul? It might be dancing around the living room like a wild, free thing. It might be switching off Netflix and turning on some heartful tunes instead, or to be washed over by an overture. Nourishment might be a simple luscious, long white tea with vanilla…

It might be a brisk walk in the fresh autumn air, wrapped up until you warm up. It might be relaxation on your mat (and that’s it!). It might be allowing a piece of 70% to melt in your mouth, you flat out on the sofa…

It might be something so incredibly simple, that has nothing to do with food whatsoever.

Because it’s not all about food. And yes it’s also about food…but food really is only one part of being nourished.

What it is about is finding a deeper connection to what we really need. In the moment. What’s sitting behind the almost insatiable desire to eat…? Do you need a hug? Do you need to find someone to hug? Do you need to talk through your trials…and to be heard? Do you…

Do we need to rethink about relationship to our energy input and our energy output? Do we need to stop, and to properly ask ourselves what we need (rather than fuelling ourselves for the sake of it, and because it’s ‘breakfast time’, or ‘time’ for lunch, or dinner…).

Maybe we need to explore some of the deeper, underlying reasons that are fuelling our choices of food.

Because all of the healthy choices in the world will be a futile struggle, if there’s a different void that needs filling.

 

Solving the planet’s problems

Plant-based living can be great. If you’re eating a vigorous plentiful of greens and colourful veg which are local, seasonal, picked as needed and not coated in layers of chemicals…

Is plant-based living going to solve the planet’s problems? No, not by itself. Mass mono-agriculture and flying even more produce around the world is not going to change much. It will save a lot of animal lives though. But the planet will still be being leached of her goodness this way…and the atmosphere plied with ever more fossil fuels which, arguably, are supposed to stay in the ground.

On the other hand, a largely plant-based diet will certainly reduce the devastating way in which we treat animals in the conveyor belt that is hideous factory farming. And maybe we’ll find a greater sense of compassion towards all living things in that way…

What’s more, reducing our complete and utter overfill of inflammatory-inducing foods will certainly induce improvements to our health (read: red meat and dairy, essentially).

But not everyone should eat the same way. Some benefit from carbohydrates, others simply cannot thrive on raw foods alone. Keto can have huge positive reversals on a number of dire health complaints, but should it be a diet for life? The jury’s out.

If we were actually savvy we’d be looking to ancient wisdom about how to deal with food… Rather than what to eat.

Who blesses their food before they eat anymore? Or do we mindlessly munch through a pre-packaged sandwich while reading over lunch?

Who spends time chopping, handling and cooking fresh food daily so that it retains its fullest life force to pass on to us (you know, the ‘force’ that drives all living things – oxygen, water, energy, consciousness…a little bit of the je ne sais quoi?!?)? Or are we eating ready meals, factory line produced and frozen at some point moons and moons ago…? Handled by machinery and life force long since evaporated away…

They’re challenging questions to really face.

But maybe we’re at a point where we’ve got to start broaching the tougher questions about our lives… (Against the startling reality of jaw-dropping levels of disease and a mind-blowing backdrop of largesse and malnutrition. This is not our intended birthright, by the way…but a consequence of how we’re living our lives.)

 

Healing nutrition and other

And for the record I don’t manage to cook everyday. But most days I do. I buy little and often, locally, preparing regularly from scratch. It’s a choice I make, but I’m certainly not perfect about this in every sense.

(Lots of spices and fresh herbs too. Yum yum yum.)

Maybe we want to start asking ourselves what we’re here to do?! Is it to be spending our lives commuting hours every day back and forth, back and forth to earn our reddies? Is that truly our purpose…? (Or is it simply how our current society has evolved…and we’ve bought into it?)

Or is it to heal our minds, and our bodies and to support those of our families around us to do the same? (Granted, we need money for purchases in our current system. But we need only to consecrate time to toil the earth, to nurture it, to grow produce, delight in their harvest and to prepare them to savour them.) Yes, healing with the food choices we make, but healing even more deeply with the decision that we’re making…

Mass change around how we operate on an individual basis is how we’re going to see changes in the world around us. It’s the only way. The collective only changes when the individuals within that collective change.

How we’re living isn’t sustainable – we get that now. Now, we’re going to have to make some changes. You may just have to be a forerunner in that change.

So why nutrition? Because dropping into a greater conversation with ourselves about what we need for nourishment, is part of how we will generate a robust health and a lasting vital vigour.

 

 

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