The Wise Woman Tradition of Nutrition
The fundamental basis for all cellular activity in the body, such as growth, repair, reproduction, disease resistance, and maintenance, relies on the biochemical and energetic nutrients that we digest, absorb, and metabolize from the food we eat. Nutrition is essential to all forms of life. Historically, women have played a critical role in finding, growing, preparing, and storing food.
Food and Spirit
The nurturing of a newborn begins with mother's milk, which is considered sacred in earth-centered cultures. Food gathering and consumption are intertwined with sacred traditions in these cultures, although this is often disregarded and overlooked.
Healthy Eating Habits
When food options are limited, women consume what is available, as long as it provides adequate carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and clean water. Women on restricted diets (vegan, vegetarian, impoverished) may not receive sufficient nourishment and can benefit from the addition of milk, eggs, or meat. Overconsumption of sweet, salty, and fatty foods (which are readily available in refined foods) can adversely affect health due to a natural and healthy craving for these nutrients and the degradation of the food itself. This is particularly common in Western countries where the food supply is abundant and highly refined.
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