SUPER FLY FOOD
It's funny how something so personal as a diet, becomes endlessly fascinating humans and also a practice that can be relentlessly dissected by every man and his dog.
In a world where "Day on a Plate"'s grace magazines columns, the diet is something that will always be begged to be picked apart. This comes from a demand; people demand to know what so-and-so, eats because we deem their skin dewy, their limbs lithe, toned and they're almost always successful to some degree. But, please, don't stray from the norm...you may get death threats.
More often than not, peering at the lifestyle of a successful person, excelling in their arena, generates some sort of lack consciousness, stimulating feelings of inadequacy. Maybe it puts a mirror to unhealthy habits or unconscious eating and living. Cue barrage of hate.
This has been the case for Amanda Chantal Bacon of LA based company, Moon Juice. What started off as a harmless glimpse into a conscious, successful woman's plate, quickly spiralled into a personal attack on her spirituality, her child, her business and her lifestyle. Case in point. Basically, all hell has broken loose on the internet because of her food choices, her knack for remineralising, her "breath work" and the fact her son likes vegan food by choice. Is she criticised because it holds a mirror to time poor people, choosing donuts over zucchini noodles? There is nothing wrong with that. But there is also nothing wrong with choosing what works for you and your body, and running with that.
I am a third generation (fourth if you want to get technical) health foodie. My mother raised me with shock, horror - vegetables. I liked them. What an anomaly I was. My heart belongs to cruciferous vegetables, nightshades and apricot coconut logs.
I was aware of eastern modes of healing and the power of food as medicine. I still am a Blue Green Algae popping, gardening, maca chewing, reishi, chaga and cordyceps sprinkling, shilajit eating woman. I remineralise. I like the way it makes my body feel. But it's just that...my body. I am in tune to my own body, and I don't know yours. My spicy, Chilean, Mapuche grandmother taught my mother. She came from a lineage of shamans. So maybe my yerba mate, quinoa and chia obsession is founded in my ancestry.
This knowledge isn't new, whether you believe in the powers of tonic herbs, herbalism and age old ayurvedic understandings isn't my business. What is my business is my body. It is about feeling good and if high fructose corn syrup makes you feel good then eat it. So simple.
Amanda Bacon's body is her own, and whilst she is the carer of her son she can feed him what she chooses and can feel vibrant, vital and healthy with that choice.
Plants work. They are not hollow vessels of powerless energy that look pretty. They can actually do stuff. You know penicillin? It comes from a mushroom and it does stuff, what a revelation!
If Ms. Bacon feels good, let her do what works. Don't ever shame a woman for using her voice.
I'm first to know, that on a limited salary, a diet of shilajit resin, ashwagandha, rhodiola, astragalus, reishi, tocotrienols, pearl dust, Pine pollen, chaga, E3 Live, he shou wu and the rest can be be pricey, I also know that this may seem to be a "fad" to most, but these tonic herbs have been used for centuries for longevity, their adapotogenic powers and their ability to transform and heal. Regardless of whether you want to prescribe mushrooms in your diet, there is never an excuse for hatred and vitriol to a self-made woman and mother for what she chooses to nourish her body with. Look away, it's as easy as that, maybe the article wasn't for you?
It's never appropriate to mock someone for their kundalini practice or the fact that she is doing something that works for her and her family. We may recall this occurring many moons ago, when Gwyneth Paltrow detailed her food escapades. Preaching may seem wanky, but maybe some people want to hear about it? These lifestyles aren't being forced on to your plates, eating GM corn is (unfortunately) still the norm. So, why all the complaints? Another argument I've heard is that it's wasted money when it could be spent on helping those in need. Who says she doesn't do work in the philanthropic field? I know I give what money I can to various causes when I can, in between sips of potions and bites of sprouted mung beans and fermented vegetables.
Somehow, when you stray from the dogma and begin innovating new paths of wellness, or in the case of Ms. Bacon, tap into ancient knowledge of tonic herbalism, you garner death threats.
Of course, you can be incredibly vital and nourished by eating good, clean foods, without the addition of Brain Dust and mushrooms, but this comes down to personal preference. No one is wrong in this instance and health-shaming shouldn't ever be a thing.
There are shameful things that occur in this world and I swear to you, this is not one of them.
What we really need is tolerance for others spirituality, parenting, faith, eating and all of the rest. Without humanity, we create a domino effect of conflict.
Why is that a world we want to inhabit? What good comes from vitriol and callousness for someones choices? Why silence a woman and mother who knows what works for her?
Magical, mystical GIF by me, featuring 1/4 of my herbs and my hand....