I wanted to share my friend Becky’s story. She has recently become an urban gardener and was able to bring her passion to life at her son’s school. What better way to learn than to grow your own food! I remember planting a salsa garden with my son a few years ago when we moved from […]
Implications for Omnivores In Part One, I was talking about how our ancient hunter/gatherer ancestors dealt with their anxiety over the suffering and death of the prey animals they depended on for survival. Anthropologists have found cave paintings and archaeological artifacts that suggest that these hunters invented elaborate rituals around their prey animals to ease
Proto-Ethics as an Evolutionary Adaptation I’m fascinated by how belief systems and ethical cultures form and change, and have written elsewhere (https://www.yogaflavoredlife.com/natures-vast-web-life/) about the rudimentary forms of ethics observable in other primate species. These practices (which I identify as “proto-ethical”) hinge on mutual respect, fair play and reciprocity. The same is true in human relations.
“Let thy medicine be thy food, and thy food be thy medicine.” So said the Greek physician Hippocrates, the source of the Hippocratic Oath and widely considered the father of Western medicine. When you think about it, food is something you have three times a day, with snacks in between. Everything you take in as
Did you know that the brain scans of cocaine addicts are almost exactly the same as those of a person who’s just eaten a sugary snack? When you think about it, the two substances do roughly the same thing: give you a short burst of energy and mania followed by a major comedown. Both are
Baby, it’s cold outside! There is no denying that winter is here. Evidenced by the freezing temperatures and the snow that is accumulating in my laneway right now. My boys are hoping for the first “snow day” of the year tomorrow! I confess I am not a winter person (this is bad form for a
As the cold weather lingers, I’m always looking for some yummy food that will both ramp up my immune system while nourishing my need for warmth and comfort. What a joy it was when I came across fabulous Kale.Kale has been around for nearly 2000 years, with stories of this vegetable adorning tables throughout Western Europe and Scotland.
I’m not sure if it’s the warm summer season or a heightened awareness of the impact of food, but recently I’ve noticed a huge shift in the amount of my friends and colleagues either juicing or converting to a raw diet. So being ever curious, I decided to explore this phenomena a bit further? What
Our patterns of consumption are strong determinants of our mental, physical, and emotional wellness. Cutting-edge doctors like Dr. Russell Blaylock in the United States, Dr. Christian Turbide in Canada, and many others worldwide are now telling us that many of the chronic diseases we suffer from in the developed world are largely the result of
Glorious Ginger The other day I was seeking something healthy and so I went to my local juice bar and ordered an apple, carrot and ginger blend. It was divine. The ginger completely warmed my body. Inspired, I went to my local grocery store and bought some ginger root and beginning researching the power behind