Friday, June 25, 2010

GRANDMOTHER'S WISDOM FORGOTTEN?

Food.  What an amazing topic.  Each and every one of us have different tastes and a different relationship with food.  I try and write about my feelings on discovering how important foods that truly nourish our bodies are.  I aim to inspire, even incite you to bring this into your own homes.  Our children are in our hands with this issue, and so it carries much weight, in my book.

A friend, who is very spiritual, invited me to listen in on a podcast of some indigenous elders (grandmother's, to be precise) who would be sharing some important messages and stories on healing our ailing "Mother Earth".  I noticed that there was mention of sacred earth, sacred ceremonies, and other sacreds, but no mention of sacred foods.  Is it possible that these indigenous grandmas had forgotten what a good bone broth could do for the sacred people of mother earth?

I was, and still am into many spiritual ideals.  I've studied and observed many different studies from wicca, buddhism, astrology, chanting, all the way up to the spirit of Abraham (which in my book, makes the most common sense), but none of them have addressed this Sacred Food issue.  I feel strongly that food needs to have something nutritious to really feed our bodies, and be prepared with love to truly feed our souls.

I wrote about this issue in my last post, but I was startled to see the omission of the word foods from the other sacred things mentioned in anything attached to indigenous people.  If there is one great wisdom these individuals have to share, it is there knowledge of Sacred Foods (fish eggs, shellfish, organ meats, etc).

Thinking about what we are eating and honoring this process is something I will continue to bring up.  I think we need to hear it.  Again.  And again.  And again.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nourishing Nancy: REAL Food by Dr. Sue

http://www.naturalnews.com/024112_health_food_salt.html


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

THANK HEAVEN FOR SACRED FOODS

Over the weekend, there was a Confirmation in our family.   The pastor at the service shared a fable about a farmer who wanted to save some money by feeding his donkey saw dust in place of his regular food.  The farmer increased his ratio of saw dust for food gradually, not noticing any ill effects to his donkey, until the rations were all sawdust.  When the donkey died, the farmer seemed perplexed with the cause of the donkey's demise, so the story went.

The pastor brought the moral down to being watchful of what one adds to their life--as in good food, good thoughts, good deeds, etc.; my husband, later sharing his view of the story, claimed the farmer was just a cheap business man who was so trying to keep all the profits, he killed the product; my thoughts hogtied the food issue, of course.  Isn't this what has happened in our food industry, I thought?  Isn't this why our food is full of ingredients we can't pronounce and devoid of any life-giving content?  And finally, has anyone taken any notice of this in this church, or anywhere, but me?

Sadly, I probably was the only one who even went to that issue when food was, in fact, the issue. Interesting to be in a place of worship when what we ingest was the topic.  Once upon a time, people all over the planet saw foods as SACRED.  Yes, sacred.  That's why there were so many ceremonies wrapped around them, why foods were usually involved in all ceremonies and festivities, and why many foods were called SACRED FOODS.

Weston A. Price traveled the world and found out what those sacred foods were--he even wrote a book about it.   If you haven't already, check it out on the bottom left.  Sally Fallon's, Nourishing Traditions (where I got my blog name idea), is a cookbook filled with many of those sacred foods.  Certain foods were thought to be sacred because indigenious people worshiped these foods by observing their blessed effects on the bodies of their children.  They noticed that with these sacred foods their babies were born healthy, had round faces with adequate room for all their teeth to come in (no need for braces--is that even heard of anymore?) and free of cavities, and robust health, both physical and emotional.

Imagine children with warm color in their cheeks, no circles under their eyes, beautiful smiles, happy dispositions, high intelligence, with no attention deficit problems or hyperactivity; children with round faces (not pointy chins, sadly, like myself and my children) with adult teeth that come in perfectly spaced, bright, pearly white, and immune to dental decay (even if you DIDN'T brush and floss); children that have perfect eyesight, great hearing with no ear infections, beautiful blemish-free skin, shiny hair, and strong, lean bodies  (without joining every sport offered).

This would be Heaven, but not Earth, you say.  This WAS Heaven on Earth before modern foods!  Please, please do yourself and your family a favor, and go to www.westonaprice.org and look at the beautiful specimens of that Heaven on Earth.  They were the Adams and Eves we thought only existed before Eve grabbed that apple.  The real evil was not knowledge, but walking away from our knowledge.  We humans had the intuitive instinct that guided us towards what to eat to keep ourselves healthy and happy; we followed these principles body and soul.  Sadly, today this knowledge seems obscured...coming around, but still quite under the radar.

This knowledge is slowly coming back into the mass consciousness, but marketing is still king, and our taste buds still rule.  As long as there are ingredients in modern foods that fool (and cheat) our taste buds, our bodies will still fall victim to the malefic effects of modern food.  Today, however, I was happily surprised to read an article on, drum roll please....kefir!  Perhaps there is still hope.

Native Americans believed that what we do today affects the next seven generations.  In fact, Seventh Generation, a green company, uses this slogan for their earth-friendly products.  Today's children can benefit, with some amazing results, from the sacred foods of our ancestors.  Perhaps the "heaven on Earth" will take a few more generations to attain the ideal we once lived; but if we can pass on one thing to the next generation,  let it be that what we put in our bodies must truly sustain us--in a sacred way.  We might even see a few more healthy donkeys.
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