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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON WILDCRAFTEDWhen I was an herbal student, my teacher, the late Frank Cook, challenged us to "Eat something wild every day." The challenge isn't much of a challenge. It's easier than you think. Wild edibles are everywhere, often within 20 feet of your front door. They include some of the most nutritional plants in the world, like lamb's quarters, purslane, dandelion, and chickweed. Some of the healthiest traditional diets, like the Mediterranean diet, supplement meals with wild foods often.
Frank used to say that the difference between wild food and store bought foods is the difference between a wolf and a dog. There is something incredibly vital about a wolf that is lacking in a dog. Wild food satisfies your hunger unlike store bought foods cultivated in tired soil that is often lacking in nutrients. Wild foods have a richer nutritional profile. Eating wild foods brings the unusual but healthy feeling of satisfaction before fullness.
Despite the astonishing array of food displayed in the grocery store, most of the food in the grocery store comes from a few species / plant families only, such as corn, wheat, and soy. When you eat wild foods, you get a greater diversity of nutrients and tastes.
Wild foods offer more vitality than grocery store foods. They have to defend themselves from competitors and insects without the help of humans. The inability of cultivated plants to survive without pesticide and fertilizer use is a testimony to their lack of vitality. Where farmers breed plants for sweetness, the defense system of plants includes many bitter tasting chemicals. Bitters are revered worldwide for their health benefits. Edible weeds are plentiful, inexpensive, and bring their revitalizing life force to the table. Add these common wild foods to your diet:
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.