What is it to thrive?


"Life is a delicate balance between doing good and avoiding harm. The earliest single-call organisms explored their environment looking for food, evading poisons and trying to avoid becoming food themselves. As life expanded into a multi-cellular animal kingdom, a kind of "inner knowing" developed. Animals have a sense of what to eat or avoid and instinctively know how to eat when sick, when breeding or in different seasons of the year. Our earliest human ancestors also had this inner knowing, as they ate local roots and greens and benefited from successful hunts and seasonal harvests.

Life has certainly become more complex. Our ability to process and transport food has expanded beyond anything previously experienced in human culture. We fill supermarkets the size of football fields with more than 45,000 items, many of which are processed, packaged items wrapped in bright shiny packages filled with sugar, fat, and additives. Amidst all of this abundance, our compass of inner knowing has gone awry. Its become blocked by the magnetic attraction of food that are engineered to tempt our taste buds but to neglect our health. We no longer instinctively know what to eat.

Adding to our confusion is an overwhelming glut of information about nutrition. A stampede of new diets on the market each claim to be the best and each have developed their own small following: high protein, low carb  versus complex carbohydrate, low protein versus all raw foods versus vegan versus only grapefruit and on and on tit goes. What each of these approaches misses is that we are all different. Our biological individuality allows one person to thrive on a diet that is terrible for someone else. Following a diet plan designed for someone whose genetic makeup and nutritional needs are different from our own cannot restore our inner knowing. For real answers we must look deeper." ~J. Rosenthal

           We must look inside at our own true nature.