Food Full of Life: Nourishing Body, Soul and Spirit

Food Full of Life: Nourishing Body, Soul and Spirit

by Gill Bacchus

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Is organic and biodynamic food worth the higher price consumers often pay? Which aspects of us are nourished by the food we eat? How can different methods of growing and cooking food best preserve the life energies in our food? In recent years there has been a growing awareness of the quality of the food we eat, allied to a mistrust of many aspects of large-scale 'agri-industry'. In response to these concerns, many consumers turned towards buying organic or biodynamic produce. Our current financial climate makes those buying decisions difficult for many people. Organic food is often more expensive, and tests by conventional scientists claim to show that is has no extra nutritional value. This book questions whether these claims have any basis. Gill Bacchus concludes that modern scientific methods simply cannot reveal or measure the true life processes that give quality to our food. Exploring ideas from organics and Rudolf Steiner's biodynamics, the author discusses how the Earth's formative energies, especially sunlight, are essential to the healthy life of plants and animals. The living energy in our food is either enhanced or destroyed by our chosen methods of farming, processing and cooking. She argues that the health not only of our bodies, but also of our consciousness, thinking and emotions, depends on nourishing ourselves wisely, and gives advice on how we can learn to find and choose food that is 'full of life and light'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863159404
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication date: 08/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gill Bacchus has researched and studied widely the topic of food nutritional quality and how it is measured, completing a Master of Science degree in 2003. After working as a government agricultural policy analyst, she spent many years as an educator in organic and biodynamic farming and gardening. She co-authored (as Gillian Cole) the biodynamic farming book Grasp the Nettle. She now helps children to grow vegetables in their school gardens in New Zealand.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction: Light, Food Quality and Health 13

Part 1 Growing High Quality Food 19

1 Food Production Methods: their Effects on Food Quality and Our Health 21

Nutrition and health 21

Food production methods affect product quality and taste 24

Large scale 'factory farming' methods of food production 25

2 Some Farms and Gardens where Quality is Important 28

Biological, organic and biodynamic farming systems 29

Some organic farms and gardens producing high quality food 31

3 Scientific Assessment of Food Nutritional Quality 39

Standard nutrient tests 39

Some alternative ways to assess food quality 44

4 Living food - Earth, Air, Fire and Water 49

What is life? 50

Enlivened soil 51

5 Plant Forms and Formative Energies 58

Environmental influences on plant forms 58

Forms of plant and animal species 60

Rhythmic patterns in water and sound images 63

Quantum science and organising energies in living organisms 65

Rhythm and form in living organisms 68

The ?music of the spheres' 71

Projective geometry and ether energies 72

Part 2 Nutrition for Body, Soul and Spirit 75

Chapter 6 Vitamins, Phytonutrients and Minerals 77

Vitamin requirements and supplements 77

Our bodies as living, integrated systems 79

Formative forces and nutrition 79

So what are vitamins? 80

Phytonutrients 83

Minerals 83

Chapter 7 How Formative Energies Affect Digestion and Nutrition 85

Digestion and assimilation 85

Relationships between plant and human energies 88

Effects of eating different types of plant energy 88

Pictorial quality assessment of plant formative forces 91

Chapter 8 Formative Energies in some Common Foods 93

Chapter 9 Light Energy in Food 106

Sunlight is essential for humans, animals and our food crops 106

Light and shade effects 109

Light and protein quality, complex sugars and oils 110

Inner quality of food 112

Chapter 10 The Role of Silica in Bringing Light into Food 114

Silica in human health 115

Silica in plant health 116

Biodynamic farming and silica 117

Properties of Silica 119

Effects of the biodynamic silica spray on plants 121

Light and Vitamin C 124

More research needed 125

Chapter 11 Nutrition for Wholistic Health and Future Generations 126

The way food is grown does make a difference 126

Organisational energy and quantum coherence 127

Coherent light energy in food and our health 129

Nutrition, drinking and mental states 130

Stimulation of our inner light 131

Feeding the Soul and Spirit 132

Cosmic nutrition 135

Inter-generational effects 136

Part 3 Buying, Growing and Cooking Your Own Food 139

Chapter 12 How do you Choose Food? Source, Taste and Aroma 141

Taste and satisfaction 142

Taste and aroma 143

Ripeness 145

Lessons from wine tasters 145

Chapter 13 Growing High Quality Food 148

Home vegetable production 148

Community and school gardens 150

Chapter 14 Water Quality 152

Characteristics of water 153

Assessing water quality 153

Restoring vitality to water 155

Chapter 15 Cooking to Maintain and Enhance Nutritional Value 157

Cooking fuel and cooking container material 157

Attitude and thoughts when preparing food 158

Chapter 16 Conclusions and looking forward 160

Bibliography 165

Index 173

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