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What is our relationship with food? Wild Food Cafe London guest article for Aequem.com
“To heal the environment, you must first heal the environmentalist.”
To transform our relationship with food, we must first transform our relationship with ourselves. However, let’s talk about food first because it is a key part of the journey and it is what we know best after all! Our relationship with food very much affects the way that we think, feel and act on a day to day basis. By eating locally and seasonally, we can consume the most vibrant and fresh foods that mother nature so generously has to offer us, which in turn makes us feel more alive and well. This is the philosophy that we believe in here at Wild Food Café. We strive to create and serve every dish to our Wild Tribe with minimal to no processing, fresh and wildcrafted ingredients (at least one per dish), and with a lot of love. We are passionate advocates for wild foraging, sourcing ingredients as locally and seasonally as possible, and choose to work with suppliers that work in harmony with the natural land as much as possible. Therefore, by eating as naturally and as seasonally as possible, our customers and we ourselves, feel healthier, happier and more alive than ever, as we are more connected to the earth and we are better in tune with her natural, seasonal and cyclical rhythms.
An easy action step for us to improve our relationship with food, is to simply ask ourselves questions when we are cooking, eating and even thinking about food (because we know we do a lot of that). We’ve put together a few of our key questions for you to use:
Will the way I eat this food make me feel lighter or heavier? Clogged up or clear? Better or worse? Bloated or not? Is the way I eat this food an expression of my wellbeing? Or is it, honestly, a way to deal with my emotions? Which version of myself am I feeding? Am I confusedly consuming or am I feeding my clarity?
So, how do we start renewing the inherent and intuitive connections with ourselves?
Well, of course, there are many ways to do this and each individual will feel called to different types of healing, different mediums and methods, and this diversity is truly beautiful; something we can all celebrate. An important piece of the puzzle to us though, and often one that is not talked about and overlooked, is the negativity in our lives and the effect it has on our relationship with food. We can ask ourselves where the negativity is in our lives? Whether it be negative self-talk or pessimistic self-belief, or high expectations from family, friends, work, or school? Or the high expectations and demands we put on ourselves?
We get it, sometimes, you just need to eat that pizza though and that’s perfectly okay. However, there are amazing benefits of being conscious of the way that our food makes us and our gut feel and striving to eat more of the kinds of unprocessed, raw-centric, plant-based foods can feed our inner health as well as our wellbeing. Food simply has the power to make us feel better or worse and that’s what we want to inspire in you, the understanding and belief that food is medicine and can heal us, whilst it can also be wildly delicious and creative! Food can be a delightful way to celebrate the abundance of life, and to share in gratitude with your loved ones and community.
We always have the power and the choice to consciously improve our relationship with ourselves, happiness is strength and by being happy and positive in our thoughts, feelings and actions we become harmonious with our surroundings and the benefits of this renewed relationship naturally permeates into the other relationships in our lives. This includes our relationships with each other, with nature, with the food that we eat, with fashion, and even with the culture that we choose to surround ourselves with.
Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is key for us to live a sustainable life on earth. A change in our preferences for food and fashion does not just positively affect the balance in our own lives, but it also catalyses a series of changes and affects the balancing points in other areas that we might not even be aware of.
For instance, if we choose to purchase our food and clothes, from sustainable companies, who consciously care about the environment, treat their community of workers fairly, reduce their waste as much as possible and use as many organic, biodynamic or wild products wherever possible for them, we are contributing to the demand and growth of sustainability within those industries and markets where these types of cohesive products and services can be supplied. Which in turn, positively gives back to the environment which sustains us and decreases the demand for environmentally damaging products. This one small choice supports the unseen returning to mother nature’s regenerative ways and her naturally efficient cycles of life.
Like Aequem, here at Wild Food café, we deeply care about our environment and the earth that gives us life, so we do everything we can to be as sustainable and earth loving as possible. We strive to find the most nourishing, inspiring, wild crafted, and foraged foods from pristine ecosystems, small organic farmers, and ethical and local suppliers. It is important to support these types of producers over larger and less ethical producers. Once our produce is in house, we recycle all the packaging it came in and use all parts of the produce to create our delicious dishes that nourish your bodies, hearts, and minds. Our recycling then continues throughout our restaurant practices, as we have separate bins to maximise our recycling efficiency. Moreover, we are working towards being completely plastic free, we are already certified with Global Oceanic as an Ocean Champion, meaning our restaurant is 90% plastic free, working toward 100%. Motion sensing lights are something we have also installed to increase our energy efficiency and reduce excess energy consumption. All our takeaway containers and utensils are completely recyclable and/or compostable. We believe in being an ethical business and we see the wider importance of practicing sustainability as much as possible.
By finding a balance between all areas of our lives, such as that of food, fashion and the activities we involve ourselves in, we can create a more cohesive space for ourselves. By exploring our options and opening ourselves to fresh opportunities that are mutually beneficial to us and the environment, we can discover the careful equilibrium point that we can thrive on. Thriving does not necessarily mean that we must be in constant motion, or that we have to be busy all the time. It simply means that we are in a state that allows us, as individuals, to flourish in our own unique ways. However, this transition is a journey and one that requires change, acceptance, and forgiveness. It is a process of healing and growing. It is a journey worth taking, because once we find ourselves at the end of that journey, we realise that we have truly lived our lives to the fullest, and we are finally able to balance ourselves on the pinprick of the moments that we live through and we will emerge like butterflies from a cocoon, ready to take on the world.
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