Finding Our Fooition
In recent decades, a desire to eat healthier has risen to the surface in the consciousness of the Western world. To some, healthy eating means choosing low fat yogurt and diet soda. To others it means doing green juice cleanses and taking an array of supplements. The health food movement has now hit the mainstream in many Western countries. This has raised awareness that improvements in our daily eating habits need to be made.
The flipside is that “health food” is being constantly re-defined, re-packaged, and re-marketed by various interest groups to fit their agenda. Many of us want to eat healthier but feel frustrated because we are unclear about what that actually means. Today our decisions are largely informed by messages outside of ourselves, like dietary trends, advice from professionals, FDA recommendations and food marketing. The consumer is faced with an increasing list of buzzwords from which they are pressured to pick and choose, sometimes even forming dogmatic beliefs on the “right” way to eat. Vegan or Vegetarian? Gluten Free or Paleo? Raw or Sprouted? The multitude of choices and contradictions can be dizzying. It is no wonder it can feel like we are blindfolded trying to navigate a labyrinth. Many of us want to eat healthier but feel frustrated because our decisions are largely informed by external, and often conflicting opinions. We have lost trust in ourselves, in our own ability to decide what foods are good for us and which are not. The global conversation about food and health is evolving. It is time to reclaim the simplicity of eating healthy; it is time to follow our Fooition.
Where Do We Start?
Fooition is the inherent wisdom present in each and every one of us about how to use food as a foundation for health. Fooition is your birthright and now is the time to reclaim it. When surrounded by an intact food culture, Fooition naturally transpires in the individual, but even in its absence we can still take responsibility for our health and reconnect with our inner sense of Fooition
So what does following your Fooition mean then? For starters, it means stop panicking about what health expert and dietary bandwagon to follow next and look to something deeper, something more primal. Wait like food cravings, you ask? But it can’t be as simple as following your food cravings, right? Well, unfortunately for most Americans this could just mean drinking twice the amount of Coke and eating twice as many doughnuts. However, this does not mean our food cravings are inherently wired to plot against our health. Your taste buds and your stomach do not have to be at war. Today in the U.S. we have highly addictive diets. Many “foods” that dominate our diet, like white sugar, have been manufactured to be as addictive to our systems as cocaine.
It is not only fake processed foods that are addictive, our entire food culture is designed to make us treat food like a drug. Not only the foods we eat, but the way we eat has become out of balance and addictive in nature.
The real tragedy here is that we can’t trust our food cravings anymore. Instead we feel we have to resist and deny ourselves in order to have a chance at health. Reconnecting with your inner Fooition is learning to strip away addictive foods and eating habits and encourage real food cravings to resurface. Like wanting more bananas when we are deficient in potassium or craving simple broths and soups that are easy to digest when we are sick.
The good news is your Fooition is not some elusive concept that needs to be built up from scratch; it already exists inside you so it just needs to be remembered and then nurtured. Ok maybe it cannot be found entirely by peering within the depths of your soul or your stomach, but it does already reside there. It needs some inspiration and guidance.
What we eat is perhaps the simplest, yet most profound activity to link all human beings. According to Ayurvedic beliefs, digestion is the near miraculous process where something that is not us is transformed to give us energy and ultimately become part of us. In Ayurveda, digestion is thought to be the foremost pillar of health, and almost all diseases are thought to start with a problem in digestion. Unfortunately, we live in a time and place where the miraculous act of eating is far too often gulped down without a second thought. It is considered normal to multitask while we eat: driving, watching TV, texting, and even fighting and eating. Many highly modernized nations have lost respect for real food, lost patience for sumptuous cooking, and lost the ability to rejoice in the simple pleasure of sharing a delicious meal with good people. Food culture plays a key role in how society and its’ inhabitants regard the act of eating.
Food needs to be celebrated, not feared or forsaken. For this to happen we need to have real choices, and the knowledge to make them confidently. Choices that are not pre-determined by our income level, where we live, or how well we have dissected the conflicting nutritional information that’s out there. Eating healthy shouldn’t be this hard. It is time for us to reclaim our freedom of choice when it comes to food.
Start by getting in touch with your Inner Fooition. 3 Ways to Re-Ignite Your Inner Fooition is a great place to start. Big change starts with individual change. Get ready to be a Fooition freedom fighter in this Food Cultural Revolution.