Our relationship with food & wellbeing

Chocolate tasting — a different way.

Four or five of us gathered around some chocolates. No labels on the chocolate. We have no idea what brand, what flavour. The facilitator led us to “taste” the chocolates in air — meaning we didn’t ingest, but we connected to the energy of the chocolate.

For the first piece — we first all connected to the chocolate to feel how it felt in our body as if we have eaten it. Some said they felt it was very sticky in the throat or in the digestion.

Surprisingly, although none of us were trained to “taste” this way, for each chocolate, we had sensations — sensing that this piece was more prickly in the throat, and that more heavy in the digestion.

The experience was eye-opening because how often do we sense the food we eat as suppose to just seeing how it looks?

When we buy produce

Sometimes at the wet markets you might see leafy vegetables that look pretty perfect. Very green, very sturdy. But they look a bit shell-shocked — a bit like zombies — frozen. Not surprisingly, these veg would sit in the fridge and not wilt forever.

A favorite vegetable of mine is the Shanghai Bok Choy. The outermost leaf would normally starts to yellow on the second or third day in the fridge. A bag I bought recently had no signs of deterioration — it could have been very fresh, but I suspect it had a lot of chemicals that kept it “frozen in time.” The veg had form, but lacked the tenderness and sweetness of its happily grown kind. (I must have bought that bag with my mind instead of my heart that time!)

What does it mean when food is alive?

She transformed her rooftop into a working vegetable garden that feeds her family. She showed me okra, tomatoes, and gourd that if you leave on the vine to dry becomes loofah! (Yes, loofah comes from a gourd!)

What was really interesting was that being a garden of life, there were many organisms that also loved her vegetable plants. The worms especially loved her baby tomatoes, which her two young children also loved.

What she did was she began talking to the worms that lived with the plants and asked if they might go elsewhere to find food as she would like to keep the tomatoes for her children. And sure enough, the worms listened and moved on! The funny thing was, they moved over to the plants across the roof and munched on those tomato plants instead!!

Whenever I share this story with my friends, they listen intently and seem absorbing the idea that these worms — they are worms for goodness sake! Could worms understand what we say!?

Alive makes SO yummy

Kefir responds to how we talk to them, just like babies.
Kefir responds to how we talk to them, just like babies.
Kefir responds to how we talk to them, just like Babies.

I’m no expert with kefir, but when she showed me the bottle, they look so happy! Like happy babies!

She let me try some coconut kefir she made, which is a mix of fresh coconut pulp with kefir that lived and grew in the fresh coconut juice. OH-M-G. It was so tasty. So fresh. Just so alive! A total gift from the earth. I would have that over any fancy plated cooking any day.

It turns out my neighbor had a way of growing her kefir, she asks them to grow healthy and strong — each day she talks to them like a child. And in fact, they are alive and growing and obviously responding to her communication.

What the Chinese emperors ate

The understand that food nutrition is more important than medicine shows that how we feed our body through the food we eat every day is very important to the wellbeing of the body. Over time eating food by nature, from nature that absorbs sunlight, we build our body with the energy from earth and nature. Medicine has its place — for short term solutions. Food from nature is what energises the body in the long term.

COVID and Congee

The flatmate made progress and she began to feel better. Until a week or so in, it kind of deteriorated. Oh shit, what’s going on.

My brother “fessed up.”

The flatmate made herself some microwave TV dinner meal thinking she’s already better. HA! “You better make sure she eats just congee until she has totally recovered!” I said. I believe she learnt her lesson. TV dinners fill you up, but what’s the energy in the food? Congee done well is simple, but exactly what the body needs to get some nourishment and liquids.

Moroccans and rice

To Moroccans rice is for sick people, they eat it only when they’re sick. Interesting eh? The desert people seem to understand that rice is easily processed by the body.

Traditional Chinese Medicinal doctors typically recommend eating white rice in the morning — for the Qi from the rice.

I guess the Japanese has it sorted — Rice for breakfast and the freshest ingredients eaten according to the seasons.

Food and healing — to be continued. Meanwhile,

What’s your relationship with food?

Start to notice how your body responds to food. Notice how you feel drinking certain drinks or consuming certain foods.

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