Who are we? It's an old question, often a metaphysical question, but, at this moment, I'm concerned with who we are physically. Maybe the question seemed too absurd to ask for classical philosophers living in land-based communities, eating traditional foods. For us, it is essential.
- Pandemic of obesity and related diseases.
- Pandemic of cancer.
- Yearning for agency in the midst of environmental and humanitarian catastrophes.
- Yearning for community and/or identity.
- Desire to minimize or eliminate suffering and death of sentient beings.
- Theories about our evolutionary diet.
- If it's sprayed with poison, don't eat it, don't even think about eating it, and don't let kids eat it. If you don't know for sure that it wasn't sprayed with poison, assume it was, for it's a near certainty.
- Be honest about what you can afford. A century ago, Americans spent half their income on food. Worldwide, the figure is closer to 70%. Most Americans today spend barely 10% of their incomes on food. The overwhelming majority of us can afford clean, healthy, local food without poison. Most of us, however, can't afford the inevitable health care costs of eating industrial crap.
- Don't eat sugar except in the smallest of doses, and understand that, in terms of your health, you might as well be shooting vodka. Remember that, too, with your kids. And remember that we have to protect our kids from the many misguided and/or addicted people out there who want to give them sugar. How about a nice birthday steak!
- Get plenty of micronutrients and minerals from traditional foods, including fermented foods, bone broth, organ meat, egg yolks, fish roe, etc.
Coming soon, Part 3: Yearning for agency in the midst of environmental catastrophe.