The Energetic Paradigm is founded in the qualitative aspects of foods. For example, all foods have a "temperate effect" on the person that consumes it. Eggs are a warming food; ice cream is cooling. Simple, right? It's because we already "know" the Energetic Paradigm, as it is based in personal experience. We know what it feels like to eat ice cream on a hot summer's day.

The Energetic Paradigm

by Craig Gordon


Welcome to the Wellness Column, where our intention is to offer a prism into holistic health care that is focussed on practically applied "self-health" concepts and ideas. These concepts include our relationship to food, to our bodies, and to the planet, as a true holistic viewpoint recognizes the inner/inter-connected nature of all life.

For this initial offering let's look the question of what's best to eat. Judging by the bulging of the American population, along with the declining quality of health of people and the land, our cultural relationship could be described as "dysfunctional". The evidence lies in the intensity and polarization of the debate. Vegan versus Atkins, and so on.

The problem with all these fad diets and culinary concepts is that they are discerned from a quantitative perspective. Low fat, high fiber, high cholesterol, no meat, only protein, etc. People are really good at knowing what they don't eat, but have trouble distinguishing what they do eat, and more importantly, why. That's where the concept of Energetics comes in.

The Energetic Paradigm is founded in the qualitative aspects of foods. For example, all foods have a "temperate effect" on the person that consumes it. Eggs are a warming food; ice cream is cooling. Simple, right? It's because we already "know" the Energetic Paradigm, as it is based in personal experience. We know what it feels like to eat ice cream on a hot summer's day. We experience the feelings in our bodies. We don't know what high cholesterol feels like, however.

While the Energetic Paradigm is simple, it is by no means simplistic, as a thorough Energetic examination of any food takes us from the temperate qualities, to qualities of rhythm and direction of growth, to qualities of damp/dryness, to qualities of flavors and textures, to qualities of preparation and cooking. All these qualities are consumed when we consume a food. We become what we eat.

With the Energetic Paradigm there is no good or bad, right or wrong food. The only judgment is against the plethora of poor quality processed and refined foods. These are the scourge of our culture, one we are spreading around the world. The qualitative approach demands high quality foods, as we are what we eat.

Here are some suggestions for anyone interested in pursuing the Energetic Paradigm:

  • Don't change what you eat. Change the quality. Look for natural and organic varieties of your favorite foods.
  • Consider the Energetic qualities of any food before you consume it. Ask yourself, "Do I want to become what that is? What has its life been like?
  • Consider fasting from TV for 21 days. From an Energetic perspective it's a food, and a very poor quality one, at that.

 

 

 

 

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