IDENTITY – THE SOUL OF FOOD
Food can be considered a cultural element, determined by the geographical, environmental, economic, historical and nutritional components that characterize the culture itself.
The cuisine of a people is the only one exact testimony of its civilization. E. Briffault. ( 1849 )
Why does food not only nourish us but also give us sensations and real emotions to which sometimes we cannot find a reasonableness?
When a flavor faces the human sensory organs (smell and taste buds) and makes the profound re-emerge, each individual takes an emotional journey backwards: a journey of memory.
For anthropology, this association of flavor and memory is very important because it is a purely and purely cultural operation. A food could bring to mind childhood, a time lost outwardly but absolutely vital and energetic within us, or places and times of life linked to memories, the power of a flavor is the ability to revive: for this we are unable to find a plausible explanation with a part of our brain, the left, speaking and calculating, to an experience made with the right hemisphere, emotional and sensory.
‘This literary episode tells a lot about the human being and his relationship with food’
Taste is an integral part of the identity construction of each individual, we are what we eat, as Brillant-Savarin recalled, and culture is also recognizable at the table: there are foods and ways of consuming them that in every culture fall within the sphere of the sacred, such as rice in Southeast Asia, or corn among the Pueblo Indians, bread and wine, basic foods in Western Mediterranean culture, or olive oil, which has always been used for anointing in fundamental sacred ceremonies. There are in fact foods that for some cultures are absolutely good and necessary and for others harmful and that serve to include in the group: such as milk for the Nuer of Sudan, cacti and wild plants for the papacy of Arizona, millet for the Yemeni peasants.
RECONNECT FOOD, TERRITORIES AND AGRICULTURE
Over time, a growing number of people have become aware of the overdetermined nature of their food choices, have critically voiced their concerns about the intake of food without identity, and have found interest in the idea of food as a medium. to affirm identity.
The practices and patterns of organic food consumption – an inherently heterogeneous category that includes a variety of foods, modes of production, distribution, consumption and various social actors more or less actively involved in the search for viable alternatives to the industrial food chain –
represent a viable way to overcome the limits of food as sustenance.
FOOD AND SOUL
This alternative approach suggests a holistic vision of food, no longer considered as a mere object but as a relational construct, from an ecological point of view (the relationship with the environment, animals and plants) and social (relationships with manufacturers). According to this perspective, eating becomes an economic and political act and the social actors are not passive consumers: they are co-producers, co-participants in the food chain, responsible for their food choices and the social and ecological consequences they entail.
Food regains its symbolic value, as a sign of belonging to an integrated world where nature, culture, consumers and producers, individuals and society are united.
Here are 10+ ways to take care of yourself every day:
- Exercise your body for a happy mind
- Quick morning meditation
- Keep a journal
- Read a book or a magazine
- Call an old friend
- Schedule time for yourself
- Unplug from technology
- Take a pre-made meal to eat for lunch
- Deep breathing
- Nature and Grounding
- Stay hydrated
- Choose Healthy Food
Tips to Nourish Your Spirit
- Talk to yourself. Take time every day to check in with yourself
- Write it down.
- Allow yourself room to change
- Clear the clutter
- Buy a good office chair, or get a standing desk
- Do not multitask
- Use all your senses
- Don’t make too many decisions in one day
- Take a quick break every 20 minutes
- Work with your own circadian rhythms
- Relax for 10 minutes every 90 minutes
- Take power naps.
11 Best Foods to Boost Your Brain and Memory
- Fatty Fish. When people talk about brain foods, fatty fish is often at the top of the list.
- Coffee. If coffee is the highlight of your morning, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s good for you.
- Blueberries.Some of the antioxidants in blueberries have been found to accumulate in the brain and help improve communication between brain cells.
- Turmeric.Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it can directly enter the brain and benefit the cells there.
- Broccoli. Beyond vitamin K, broccoli contains a number of compounds that give it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which may help protect the brain against damage.
- Pumpkin Seeds. They’re also an excellent source of magnesium, iron, zinc and copper.
- Dark Chocolate. The flavonoids in chocolate gather in the areas of the brain that deal with learning and memory. Researchers say these compounds may enhance memory and also help slow down age-related mental decline.
- Nuts. Several nutrients in nuts, such as healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamin E, may explain their brain-health benefits,Vitamin E shields cell membranes from free radical damage, helping slow mental decline.
- Oranges. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight off the free radicals that can damage brain cells. Plus, vitamin C supports brain health as you age.
- Eggs. Eggs are a good source of several nutrients tied to brain health, including vitamins B6 and B12, folate and choline, which are important for proper brain functioning and development, as well as regulating mood.
- Green Tea.Green tea is an excellent beverage to support your brain. Its caffeine content boosts alertness, while its antioxidants protect the brain and L-theanine helps you relax.
You can help support your brain health and boost your alertness, memory and mood by strategically including these foods in your diet.
I refer to it as
“THE SOUL FOOD”
ALL the things in life that feed our heart and soul, like healthy relationships, enjoyable physical activity,
a fulfilling /satisfying career, and a meaningful spiritual practice.
These things can satisfy our deepest hunger, a hunger for a happy and fulfilling life.