“All diseases begin in the gut!”
Hippocrates (460-370 BC),
“The primary seat of insanity generally is in the region of the stomach and intestines.”
Phillipe Pinel (1745–1828)
“I intend to live forever, or die trying”
Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
We are looking for the joy of living. Growing herbs, making acorn bread, steaming vegetables, drinking kefirs, indulging in the occasional honey-cacao-coconut butter chocolate, watching the sunrises over the valley, and sharing experiences with guests give us a lot of joy.
Given the definitively individual nature of dietary needs, not to mention wants, and given that there are many converging and diverging, yet in their own ways convincing paleo- and post-industrial dietary philosophies and approaches, each with their respective political, economic, socio-cultural and environmental implications, here, on the rocks, our philosophy is based on intuition. And intuition is sharpened by experimental and reflective practice. We let a gut feeling guide us, but stay intellectually alert through research and analysis. We try, we fail, we learn, we fail better. What is locally, non-industrially available, organic, but preferably without the label, is what we primarily consume, but whatever you desire, we have the connection in the region.
Philosophy and political economy are central concerns in our lives. What kind of person you are, what kind of person you become through the social relations of your everyday reproduction – maintaining a shelter, eating, drinking, having fun, sleeping – and what kind of attitudes and systems we support and promote through our daily choices – those are important questions. We become what we eat, but many other and surrounding choices have an impact on our reality, directly and indirectly. The flapping butterfly wings can always come home to roost and, so, abstract, scientific results and political values must not override community building. We live in this world, now. This is it. Sometimes you take and use what is locally available, rather than what is “perfect” and imported. Sometimes local traditions and values are harmful to the unknowing and change is of the essence.
A friend, who is a traditional healer in the Amazon and for whom diet is the foundation of all healing powers, once said:
“Once you know what you are doing, you can eat anything, at anytime.”
Not that we think that we do, but we try. The body speaks, but we have to learn the language it speaks, by carefully listening to the senses and sensations – such as hunger, thirst, fatigue, concentration levels etc. It is through these that we interface with the bio-chemical-electrical nature of existence that is always boiling in a complex soup below our consciousness and perception. What is good for you might not be good for me, but finding that out is good for both of us. Cooking together, sharing food and experiences, lessons and facts, principles and ideals will get us a long way. Breaking bread, against the grain, is better than breaking bad.
To paraphrase another inspiration, “if dancing is not part of your diet, then it is not my diet”.
Other than that, we just take it as it comes.