Food is vital to our living experience; without it, the machines we’ve been gifted with would grind to a halt. This is the simplest concept of food – that we eat to survive, to fuel the body. Our bodies are tuned to food, and it can cause as much pain as pleasure. We can coexist peacefully with it, use it as a tool, or it can use us, resulting in our own destruction.
Food is more than just stuff.
In fact, food does more than just feed, it heals, rebuilds, and rebalances. In this article, I discuss food connections, the meta properties of food that we can use to help us to wellness.
Food is more than just building blocks our body uses to fuel ourselves. These raw materials become you.
Modern industry has taken food from its intended purpose – that of healing, building, and connecting – transmogrifying it into a drug. Think about it. A drug is a compound that has been rendered from its original, natural entity and reduced, often, to its constituent parts, those that produce intended results. Isn’t that what processed food is? After all, a chemical engineer has designed the fast food you’re eating.
Your food has undergone a similar change – in every way, it has become a pharmaceutical creation.
Next Generation Wellness
Our children now die from the food they eat. They are sick, obese, autistic, allergic, lethargic, pallid, diabetic, contracting cancer, and if not any of the above, often they are out of balance. The living generation (that’s you!) is tasked with stopping this worrying trend, and together, we can craft a solution.
To begin to achieve better results, first the definition of what matters must change. From food is derived the building blocks your body uses to maintain itself, true, but there’s more to this story.
It’s in the meta-properties of food that you find the miracle of peak wellness. More than just stuff, food is a battery for the sun’s energy, a matrix for the microbiome, it can calm inflation, heal almost all that ails you, and can pull toxins from your body. From the energy of the sun, and its effects on water, you build yourself. From gut flora is trained your immune system. The list goes on. It’s not just about the food, it about what the food says about what you are, and then who you are.
These things aren’t separate. The modern industrial food complex will rob you of your peak health, because none of these things matter to it.
Detox – Foods that aid in the body’s ability to remove toxins found in our modern society. There are dozens of very powerful food sources that can remove poisons and toxins from your body. And so can your relationship to food. Abstain from it, and your body rapidly heals itself.
Heal & Balance – Certain foods can rebalance the body, and subsequently heal disease. Sometimes, without any side effects. Each body is unique in metabolism and composition, and as such, certain foods will work with your body towards balance and some will move you from it. Healing and balance are intertwined, because without one, the other can’t occur.
Flora – Properly prepared foods will be rich (and safely so) with the bacteria you need to maintain optimum health.
Rebuild – Your everyday life will wear your body down, and you need to rebuild it. Certain foods do this very well. You’ll need to put some thought into this area, or your recovery times may take too long. This might be handled with plants, but some meat might be necessary to accomplish your goals.
Alkalanize – One of the most critical, is food that will help you reduce your acidity. This food is almost always a plant, and when purchased locally will work in tandem with Flora to increase your connection with your local environment.
This isn’t a complete list and as my journey continues, I will add more properties. Today, you can take advantage of a new way of looking at your food by asking the questions that matter. How does your food stack up to the above? In what quantities do you eat foods in each of these categories?
I believe there are no “correct” universal diets because your milieu will dictate a unique diet suited to your body and the place that you are – only local foods can feed you the way you need to be fed in order to thrive.
We, as citizen doctors (healers in general), need to stop latching onto simple, single variate truths, seeking to monetize them. All things are interconnected, and so is your wellness. Your patterns are what make you well, not a pill, or a product.
We have so many different definitions of food and health – regardless of their sources, let’s embrace those that are true and discard those that are not. Let your experience guide you. Once your body is clean, and you eat something, if it sickens you, throw it out.
Peak wellness is a process, a pattern, not a product.