Friday, March 6, 2009


"Let food by thy medicine." -Hippocrates

Food can be measured in many ways--not only for it's nutrition, but for the experience it gives to
you and the energy it creates in your body. You've heard it said "you are what you eat". It is true
that food makes up the cells in your body, but have you ever thought it may also impact your
relationship to life?

Here are some examples of how food might impact your quality of life. If you are feeling
unfocused and want to feel more grounded in your life, try eating root vegetables, which grow in
the ground and provide heartier, more sustainable energy than would eating a salad. If you are
feeling tense, and want to lighten up, try adding in more leafy greens, which grow up and outward
toward the sun, are cleansing and provide lighter energy in the body. It’s good to choose a
balance of hearty and light foods, to maintain a delicate balance of focused, yet flexible energy.

Eating from your own garden or buying your produce from the local farmer’s market, will leave
you feeling more connected to your home or local community. When you eat seasonal, locally
grown produce, the body is more able to maintain balance from the inside out. It is beneficial to
take advantage of cooling fruits and lighter greens in the summertime, when they are at their
peak in harvest. At the same time, heartier vegetables, such as deeply rooted carrots and
squashes, grow more abundantly in the wintertime, and are going to add to the warmth of the
body. It’s good to maintain a balance of eating seasonally as well as locally, as much as possible,
to stay in harmony with the natural order of things. At the same time, cooking food on a gas stove
is a lot more relaxing and health-supporting to the body than is microwaving your food, which
destroys much of the nutrients, the molecular structure, and, therefore, much of the energy of the

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