What does food have to yoga? Quite a lot!
While millions around the world consume foods and beverages sweetened with Splenda (sucralose) with abandon, an accumulating body of research indicates that this synthetic chemical is far from safe, may contribute to obesity and blood sugar disorders, and more recently has even been linked to leukemia in animal experiments.
On the Veg of Reason. Vegetarian...carnivore.....which, if either, is the definitively 'better' one to be. On the way to what I will propose is the real answer, we can certainly explore reasons of ethics, health, or ecology.
The most arduous experience of parenting for me has been weathering the unrelenting stream of shots fired by the seemingly tireless dilemma cannon. With every metaphorical cannonball coming at me at hurtling speed, there is a choice to be made between at least two courses of action...or inaction. Do I go with the flow and allow the outcome of this moment to be organic?
Eating locally: Is the true benefit to the individual living in the world now; to the current global community; or to the planet earth of today ...or to none of the above?
Centuries of mystifying food makes us feel guilty for wanting it or enjoying it. So, how do we get our personal food power back? Despite its patency and presence in every self-help or weight loss book, it bears repeating: acknowledge the feelings.
Slow food moves us in a way that fast food can not. We immerse ourselves in the process of making a meal, nourishing ourselves and others, and enjoying the fruits of our labor, and that of the Earth. Could this movement be the cure for the Fast Food Nation?
Anyone behind me in line at the supermarket check-out would think me uncharitable. The cashier asks,‘Would you like to donate a meal to the X house for the poor?’ Naturally, it is deliberate that her script obliges that any answer other than an enthusiastic ‘Oh, yes please! I would love nothing more!’ renders you instantly a heartless shell of a human.
'Eat food you love, not too much of it by yourself, mostly plants you get from the market, not the mailbox'.
Is sustainable food an all or nothing construct like truth or pregnancy? If we do not, as consumers, buy 100% organic, 100% sustainably sourced food 100% of the time are we doomed to a fate of ill health and - worse - relegated to the periphery of our communities and blamed for the demise of the earth?