I have just watched the two latest movies by David Attenborough, his witness statement and Extinction. He showed us irrefutably the emergency state we have dived into by exploiting the resources of our planet for growth without a plan for doing it sustainably.
One thing I picked from his overall message is that we can bring change and it is about time we start doing it.
This post is to state that I want to help too, I want to act now, and here is how, as a Naturopath, I intend to do so. I am creating a crash course and a series of posts on the topic that you can access for free, about Food, Community, and Society. Please continue reading to know what is it all about.
A diet that is natural, with abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, clean water, and minimum processing and packaging can help people thrive, and the world become sustainable. It is possible thanks to the knowledge coming from natural complementary nutritional therapies around the world, sustainable agricultural practices, and biodynamic research.
Studying to become a nutritional therapist, I have understood the immense value of foods, and their effects on the body. If this knowledge is spread in a clear and simple way, changing diets could significantly become easier for more people and in return bring health, wellbeing, less illnesses, less waste, and thus incredible benefits to the planetary ecosystem.
My objective then is to clear confusion, to remove doubts about dietary fads and misunderstandings, proposing some overarching key principles.
The diet could change and save the planet if the following is considered and understood:
- the mechanical action of food in our bodies
- the importance of water
- the difference in calories quantity and quality
- the slow but possible re-education of taste
- the importance of placing emphasis on the macro-processes occurring in the body rather than micro-processes
Once the above is understood, then we should place the attention to some social aspects of foods:
- food in schools
- food at work
- organic and biodynamic suppliers
Finally, and here I might call in other expertise, we need to look at how food policies are created and influenced, and at the interference in research and in the media, both factors directly linked to unsustainable habits, for our health as well as for our planet.
We can change the first part, as it is within the personal sphere.
We can change the second part, if we fight for and in our communities.
The third one is more complex, it requires putting pressure to governments, which could never be successful if the first two are not achieved. Thus, it is in our hands too.
Knowledge as such is not yet fully spread in our society, and neither the medical, education, or media sectors are adequately supporting us to retrieve it. I feel it is my duty, as a contribution to my community, to bring clarity on this matter from my expertise and responsibility as a therapist, and I am going to do this through a series of regular posts here on my blog (#yourdietsavestheplanet) and with a crash course on Udemy which will soon be available.
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