“You Are What You Eat”

So many people understand now that the food they put into their bodies becomes an integral part of them that “you are what you eat” has become a slogan. It is experientially logical that putting something into your system makes that something become a part of you and science has also proven this to be the case in detailed (and often alarming) ways. Therefore, many people also now agree, at least in theory if not in practice, that we should only put natural and healthy foods into our systems.

However, “you are what you eat” has a much broader meaning for our health than just whether or not we should eat an apple instead of a candy bar. What is less well known and much less accepted is that all of our experiences, thoughts, feelings, reactions, the energy or condition at the places we frequent, TV shows, what we read, all of our interactions, everything we say, think, do, inhale, watch, hear, smell and taste also become a part of us and leave a trail within us.

Cross posted at Pockets of the Future and Dkos

Update I left out this video

From seven years of waiting tables, I learned firsthand that the energy and atmosphere in restaurants, particularly in the kitchen where the food is prepared, is full of stress at best and worse is often full of hostility and malevolence. (Hell’s Kitchen the TV show which pushes for hostile behavior actually is an exaggerated version of the condition of the kitchen at many restaurants.) In the restaurants where I worked, kitchen staff was forced to put out sometimes as many as 400 meals in a short period of time while working in extreme heat and with burns and cuts on their fingers. The pace and pressure were crushing. Many kitchen staff used rage and blame as a way to cope. I have since learned that the condition the cook is in when preparing food leaves an indelible stamp on the food itself because our internal states have an effect on the quality of our food. Food cooked in a loving atmosphere in which the cook is connected to their divine essence while cooking is the most desirable. Eating food prepared in such a way and in such an atmosphere and enjoyed by an eater with the same peaceful orientation is also optimal for health on all levels. It has the best effect on our systems and contributes greatly to our personal growth and development. 

Given that the majority of us are fed on food that is toxic from how it is grown, what it is made of, and the attitudes and condition of those handling it, it is no wonder that we live in a hostile and deteriorating society. When most of our food is full of unnatural toxins (both material and subtle) and generated in factories and the pills we take to redress the imbalances caused by toxic food and water are chemicals themselves which cause further imbalances, then we are living with a constant and undesirable cascade of chemical reactions which are causing human beings to break down from malnutrition and toxic intake. When we turn on the TV, we view hostile people spitting venom at one another in sitcoms, or the lying, plotting and unholy alliances formed by reality TV contestants, or the sex and violence that make up the rest of the programming, or the stomach turning twists and turns of the nightly news. The internet is no better with hostile outbursts and constant conflict appearing on even the mildest, non-political message boards and open forum discussion groups. Everything else you may analyze is the same whether it be Hollywood, Madison Avenue or many workplaces. Everywhere we go, we are being saturated with toxins and toxic behaviors. This constant toxic assault is worsening the current negative condition of the modern human being.

Given the sensitive nature of the human being and all organic matter, it is time to start eating healthy in the truest and broadest sense. We have to start perhaps with our physical food, looking to buy local and organic both because such foods are in their natural state and because they are usually handled by very few people (most often only by the farmer who cares deeply about the quality of the food and about the quality of the relationship with you). We also have to look beyond just our physical food and look for healthy conditions in our environment, our thoughts, our interactions, the people we do business with, whatever we read and watch and so on.

For years it has been our focus here at home to treat our home as the ashram type environment it is meant to be, i.e. a place where the material world meets the divine world. It has been our great fortune that over the past two and half years we have been able to turn our family home into a family homestead where we are growing, making and harvesting more and more of our own food. Gathering the food graciously bestowed upon us by our two dairy cows, our twenty five laying hens, our wild blackberry bushes and now our two chestnut trees and then preparing and eating that food in a meditative state of gratitude has had a profoundly positive affect on all members of our family.

A while back I posted videos of us milking our cows and picking from our blackberry bushes. Here is a new batch of three sets of videos of us opening up a new pasture for our grass-fed cows, planting blueberry bushes, and gathering chestnuts and making them into a delicious soup.

The first set of videos is about pasture management. There is serious drought here so our cows have eaten away at our barely growing pasture and we are having trouble finding hay. We were in a difficult situation but our neighbor graciously rented us an adjoining pasture. These videos are about putting in barb wire fence and trying to get the existing electric fence to work as well as a related homeschooling video about connectivity and the circular nature of things.


The second video documents our family planting blueberries along our front fence in our quest to expand our edible landscaping and add another nutrient dense food to our diets.

The chestnuts are the latest gift for us. We purchased our old farm house without knowing that the two large trees in the back were Chinese chestnut trees. We had only a little experience eating chestnuts as my wife had occasionally made a delicious chestnut soup over the years. As we have been gathering the falling chestnuts, we have also been gathering information about them. It turns out that they have long been valued as an important resource in other countries but due to chestnut blight the American and European chestnut trees have all been almost completely wiped out here and Americans don’t really know much about them or how to eat them. Luckily the Chinese chestnut tree is blight resistant and thrives in most locations in the US. Due to containing only 1% fat, having a soft, starchy meat and providing nutrition similar to that of brown rice, chestnuts are often referred to as “the grain that grows on trees”. In addition to being used in soups, stuffing’s and side dishes, chestnuts can be dried and ground into flour for making breads and polenta type foods. This ability makes chestnuts a valuable and nutritious addition to gluten free diets. Chestnuts are sweet, beautiful and just fall from the trees which makes harvesting them pretty easy. The two videos here are about harvesting, de-shelling and making them into a soup. For links to recipes and American chestnut growers, click the Recipe button on our family web site, Pockets of the Future



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  1. KrisC

    Nice diary and excellent videos.  Your farm looks beautiful and I bet the kids love it.  I too believe that the energy that goes into food, water, environment is toxic and will cause toxic reactions in our bodies.

    I wrote a diary about this energy called “DharmaDiner”
    but I only touched the subject, I really wanted to dive in deep but time limited me, unfortunately!  The cook book “Sacred Kitchen” is a real gem.

    Have you ever read “The Hidden Messages In Water” by Masaru Emoto?  Emoto writes in his introduction….
    “More than 10 years have passed since I began taking photographs of frozen ice crystals.
    For years before that I had conducted research into the measurement of wave fluctuations in water, but when I started learning about crystals, I discovered that water expresses itself in a vast variety of ways.
    I learned that these photographs of crystals are filled with much wisdom for us.  In contrast to tap water, natural water displays a beautiful array of crystals-even more so when the natural water is exposed to beautiful music.  There are fascinating differences generated in the crystals when the water is shown different words, such as “gratitude” or “stupid”.  These crystals are filled with lessons concerning how we should-and must-live our lives.”

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
    Taken from Fuji River, Shizuoka Prefecture/Upstream

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    Fuji River, Shizuoka Prefecture/ Mid-stream
    There is a large city at the mid-stream points of the
    Fuji River which seems to be contaminated

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    Mouth of the Fuji River
    This crystal gives the appearance of having the intention
    of going back to the beautiful sea. The water crystals found at
    the mouth of the river are clear because of the purifying effects
    of the fish and shells living n the vicinity.

    Now, these water samples come from the same source, different parts of the Fuji River with different conditions-it really shows the power of good vs bad energy.  His photographs are beautiful, I have some framed around the house.  If you have bodies of water around your farm, make sure you give them good thoughts and energy too!


  2. pfiore8

    because i believe in the transfer of energy and when one good thing happen, it counts and it pushes back against what is bad

    it also speaks of the power we have and how we can choose to use it… i choose to use it to build bridges and relationships that accommodate our differences, allows for dissention and disagreement without attacking the basic dignity of any one of us and eventual construction of great, vital, and elastic solutions to the problems we face

    i really love this… thanks!

  3. Tigana

    This is lovely.

  4. Shaharazade

    is so fractured and toxic because for one thing we seem unable to comprehend the interconnections and wholeness of not just us but the universe. The whole concept of man’s superiority over nature feeds this, it leads us to seek more and more when it’s all here. Thank you for the lovely reminder of what harmony and balance can do. 

  5. Pockets of the Future

    and the link to that great book which we put on our wish list. We saw the snowflake pictures some months back and have intended to look more thoroughly at them. I look forward to reading your essay.

  6. KrisC

    in the movie, “What the Bleep do we know?”
    This concept will change a person, that is for sure!  It did me, my family too!

  7. Pockets of the Future

    but  we have them bookmarked somewhere and it might have even been in video on youtube. We just returned a video about Snowflake Bentley and did a unit study with our kids. It is a fascinating subject and in someways like a small tsunami in that it makes you fully appreciate the intricate nature and power of the universe. 

  8. Pockets of the Future

    Our spiritual practice speaks of everything having a vibrational field with that field being what we feel. So harmony in that sense is people reverberating in a natural way. Of course, this harmonious reverberation is largely is non-existent these days.

    I love the phrase “elastic solutions”.

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