I have recently been toying with the idea of eating as much locally produced food as possible. It makes sense that our bodies will respond best to food that is produced locally and in line with the seasons. Just this week I read an article about how the gut microbiomes of people who live in close harmony with nature change throughout the year in response to the seasonal food available (you can read it here).
For me it is about life force. How much life force does this food have? We were having a new kitchen fitted and with cooking confined to a microwave for a week I tried a ready meal. Although it might have the biochemical nutrients of a meal, it really felt that it had no nourishment in it. I ached for a home-cooked meal!
Acupuncture helps us return to our natural state of being in harmony with the world around us. When we are healthy we are able to easily adapt to the changing environment, and when we fall out of step we become ill. The choices we make in the food we eat will also either benefit us in this harmony with the natural state or will work in the reverse.
I love cooking and eat a plant-based diet, so living in a rural area such as Pembrokeshire it shouldn’t be so difficult to source and make delicious meals full to the brim of life force, should it? We will see. Like most people, I am pretty short on time. I have a busy acupuncture practice, help run the wellness clinic which I co-own, and like to find time to do some medical writing work. Then there is the house and kids to look after! If I am to eat local, fresh, seasonal foods everyday then I have to find a way to make it easy and inexpensive.
If you have any ideas about eating food grown in Pembrokeshire then I would love to hear from you.
I will post links to any local producers I find and seasonal recipes as I go along. Wish me luck!