Food Energetics: The Spiritual, Emotional, and Nutritional Power of What We Eat
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Explains how food imparts a living wisdom that is separate from the science of nutrient values
• Offers an approach to diet from the perspective of ancient peoples, who understood how the energetic qualities of food affect both physical and spiritual health
• Includes a comprehensive catalog of the energetic properties of myriad foods--from chicken, beef, and potatoes to garlic, avocados, zucchini, and grapefruit
Food is more than simply fuel. It imparts a living wisdom that is beyond the science and mechanics of calories, grams, and nutrient values. Ancient peoples, through their relationships with the plants and animals providing their food, understood that their food conveyed the unique energetic qualities of its source, such as swiftness from wild deer and groundedness from root vegetables. With the rise of agribusiness and industrial food production, people have become disconnected from the sources of their food and are no longer able to register the subtle rhythms, harmony, and energies that food can convey. This separation has thrown the basic human-food relationship out of balance--to the detriment of human consciousness.
In Food Energetics, Steve Gagné shows how to revitalize our connection to food and remedy our physical and psychic imbalances with the wisdom of food energetics. He provides a comprehensive catalog of foods and their corresponding energetic properties and explains how each food affects us at the deepest spiritual level. By demonstrating how to plan meals that incorporate both dominant and compliant foods, he shows how to provide truly healthy cuisine that nourishes the body and the soul.
to their backgrounds where white flour was present in a highly refined form and combined with refined sugar, hydrogenated fats, and various additives (not to mention all of the other junk foods). This, along with several scientific studies and the claims made by health food fanatics, has pretty much convinced people of the deleterious effects of sifted flour. The new whole foods religion teaches us: “Eat foods only in their whole form.” And, like most other religions, idealistic yet unrealistic
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grains. Amaranth, a traditional grain (sometimes referred to as a pseudocereal) of Mexico, Peru, China, Africa, India, and remote parts of Tibet, has a seed head that contains up to fifty thousand seeds as tiny as poppy seeds. How one particular species of amaranth ended up in so many places in antiquity is an unsolved mystery. Since it is not reported to exist as a wild weed species, this globe-trotting species of amaranth is believed to have originated from genetic mutations selected by its
medicine, a medical model that has lost the slightest connection to its planetary roots. Happily though, the food folklore of our “unscientific” past finally is reemerging as the foundation of healing, and what was condemned yesterday as blind superstition is reappearing as today’s validated scientific fact. Like our ancestors, we have begun to realize that we too must learn to adapt to our ever-changing environment—and we may soon even grasp that our daily food, our substance, is a critical
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