Whether you have studied nutrition in the past or are new to the subject, this course is sure to change your perspective on food, diet and how your nourish yourself and others.
Like all of the teachings at MICH, Nutrition Basics is presented from a holistic perspective: one that considers the immaterial, energetic and ecological aspects of food and eating. For example: from a biodynamic perspective, the earth is a living organism, and everything we eat is, or was, living, and part of that organism. The more conscious awareness we bring to that fact, the more conscious we can become in our relationship with the earth, its organisms, and with our own bodies. As we grapple with ecological issues and carbon footprints we realize that our attitude towards nutrition has repercussions on how we treat the planet. Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach is quoted as saying: “A man is what he eats”. Perhaps a more accurate or holistic understanding would be: “We are how we eat, and how we eat is a reflection of how we are.”
Like all nutrition courses, this course provides the necessary vocabulary to be able to understand the composition of foods from a chemical perspective. This way of investigating food (by considering carbohydrates, proteins and fats) started in the mid-eighteenth century (1770) with the chemist, Antoine Lavoisier, and became, and still is, the current medical and scientific conventional model. But, even though scientific and medical research into nutrition and healthy or harmful diets continues to evolve, nutritional advice coming from this narrow chemical point of view is always contradicting itself. Why is that? What considerations are missing from this chemical perspective? Is nourishment about chemicals in a chemical vat, or is it a living process?
In Nutrition Basics, we also consider the “living” aspects of nutrition. This course offers a more consistent foundation for nutrition through an in-depth understanding of the earthly and cosmic forces that form living beings. This immaterial, energetic dimension is essential to life, and the life force that orchestrates all life sustaining functions. The structure and interplay of these formative forces are very different in say, root vegetables and leafy greens. The ingestion of these foods has a very different effect on our organism (body-mind) as a whole.
Everything we eat must be integrated into our organism – not just physically, chemically, but energetically. Everything that enters our organism enters into a process of transformation within us;, everything we eat is steeped in our bodily fluids (saliva) and in this way, infused with our own, individual, etheric field. Of the food we consume from the animal kingdom, we not only take into ourselves the meat and fat of the animal but also the product of the energetic forces (in the case of animals, astral forces) that played a role in forming the animal’s organism, temperament, survival strategies and experiences. Fundamentally, nourishment is an exchange of light processes and is a movement of consciousness.
The additional holistic, immaterial perspective of Nutrition Basics reveals the essentials of true nourishment and sound considerations for healthy eating. With this perspective in mind, our approach to food will be one where we consider nourishment as a holistic process that begins with the Earth and ends with the Earth.