Last night before bed I inserted a clove of garlic into my vagina. It’s kind of a long story.
One of the main reasons I started this blog is because I believe food is medicine. Over time, Western culture in particular has lost touch with this fundamental idea. Everyday, we put all kinds of things into our bodies without considering the consequences (positive or negative). One of these things is medication and one of these things is food. I know a lot of people who take pills for various reasons and I want to make it clear that I am not opposed to medication. I am not a doctor or a medical practitioner of any kind. If your doctor prescribes you a medication I believe you should take their professional opinion into consideration. Above all, you should always listen to your body. If you’re currently on medication and it feels right for you then that’s great! However, if you are taking pills for a chronic health issue and you’re not entirely happy with the results then I encourage you to think more about your food.
Plant foods are a wonderful source of healing and have many medicinal properties that can be used in combination with Western medicine or simply on their own. Take garlic, for example, it has been known to ward off the common cold, decrease your risk of colon cancer and treat fungal infections— which brings us back to my vagina.
I love going to the farmers market. Something about the fresh flowers, the aroma of coffee and pastries, the milling and the chatter, the dogs sitting at their owners’ feet while they wait expectantly for a treat, it makes me feel hopeful. My imagination runs wild when lost among the vegetable stands and mess of people. I begin to filter through memories of Thanksgivings past and long forgotten rainy days resolved with warming bowls of soup. In my mind’s eye, I conceive of meals for my future children. I envision cast iron skillets, dried herbs hanging from the rafters, friends coming round to drop-off fresh bread or stop-in for a cup of tea. The market transports me to a time which, for the most part, no longer exists.
My posts are organized into three categories: eat, read and travel. But what about movies? Or television for that matter? Food documentaries, cooking shows, YouTube and TEDTalks are amazing resources to learn more about food. In this post, I want to take a break from reading recommendations to write about my five favourite Netflix documentaries. They all touch on aspects of food literacy and or veganism.
We have all heard the age old expression: “You are what you eat”. Our body is constantly regenerating itself and our diet plays a major role in the outcome of the regeneration process. Our physical selves are literally made up of the food we consume whether that be chicken nuggets or kale. Yet, are we not more complex than our physical selves? If I eat chicken nuggets am I automatically less spiritual or more conservative or an expert on all things avian?