There’s been a lot of talk in my circle about how overwhelming nutrition has become. Friends of mine are cutting out this and adding that, applying theories of various diets in an attempt to fill in the gaps where Western medicine has all but failed them. Sound familiar?
This caused me to think about some things. I asked myself if food was any more complicated than it was for our great-grandparents. In some ways, the answer is no. Food is food. Some are grown in the ground and others are raised in pastures or caught wild. We hunt it or grow it, then we eat it.
In other ways, the answer is yes. Food has become a byproduct of agriculture, which is an industry devoted to sociopolitical interests rather than to nutrition. Things become complicated when those of us who want to eat a raw, organic carrot that hasn’t been laden in pesticides or genetically altered suddenly find that challenging because of lack of availability. Read Th Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan if you want a clear picture of how our relationship with food has changed and how this effects us.
But that’s not really what this post is about. When I started metabolic balance, I saw ghee on my plan and it excited me. I love the taste of ghee. But as I dug deeper into my menu, I learned a lot about why ghee is so amazing.
With today’s idiosyncratic food industry, many of us are malnourished and we don’t even know it. For some of us, the gut has been abused and neglected for so long we aren’t even digesting food the way we are supposed to. But, some tried and true foods like ghee can help us restore our guts and inspire us to create flavorful, beautiful meals! The takeaway for me is that it’s about cultivating appreciation for the ingredients that are good for me rather than depriving myself or yearning for what I don’t or can’t have.
For those of you who have ghee on your plans or for those of you who would like to see what the fuss is all about, take a peek at the blog post Ghee Recipe: Ghee, That’s Easy! for a simple way to prepare your own ghee at home. You’ll learn a few fun facts about why ghee is revered by metabolic balance, Auyrveda, and other health-concsious communities. Plus, you’ll learn a delicious way to support your beautiful body becuase food is medicine.
Andrea Stuart is an RYT-500 Yoga Instructor and Reiki Practitioner. When she’s not teaching yoga or doing Reiki she is the editor for Up.St.ART Annapolis Magazine and 65˚ Magazine. To learn more about her, visit her website at www.VitalityYoga.us.