Even though my academic and professional expertise is conflict resolution and post-conflict work, I just cannot stop reminding people of the importance of eating well.
It became such a core part of how I transformed my own health.
The energy I have, the abundant health I now experience comes in large part from my food.
And now connecting with my food in deeper ways (gardening, cooking) has been taking me to another level.
What good are hopes and dreams if I cannot get out of bed or poop out at 3pm?
But now eating well means more to me than health; it's about power.
Who makes money off your sickness?
I get livid when hearing what schools/families feed kids and them medicate them for things diet alone would change. Then don't get me started the food & pharmaceutical industries' manipulation (purposeful or not) of our knowledge about health.
Seriously. I can't stand it. The majority of medications people are on can be eliminated with taking better care of yourself.
Sorry, folks. Yes even all those "mental health" drugs.
As my friend, who worked at as trauma psychiatrist at Columbia said, "I can give people drugs, but I cannot give them a reason to live. They have to find a sense of purpose."
They tried to give me some silly drugs those two when I was a teenager. I flushed them down the toilet and changed my life instead. Now, I'm happy as a clam. I fixed my legs and my brain; just had to live a bigger life.
Oh, and seriously, please stop drugging your kids for being vibrant.
How do I know what I am eating?
If you want to skip the food journal, just take a look in your trash can.
I started looking in my trash can to get a better sense of what I was putting in my body.
Trash is like a road map of what I have been up to the past few days.
If there are wrappers and lots of cardboard boxes, I realize I'm probably not eating a great deal of fresh food.
This photos is of a rather proud moment. Trash was from harvested radishes, garlic skin, and a used lemon! Wow, so cool.
Just have a look at your trash next time you tie it up. If there are lots of logos, you're probably on the wrong track.
Sarah Federman, PhD
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