“What will be the food of the future?” an early believer asked Abdu’l-Baha.
Fruit and grains. The time will come when meat will no longer be eaten. Medical science is only in its infancy, yet it has shown that our natural diet is that which grows out of the ground. The people will gradually develop up to the condition of this natural food. – quoted by Julia Grundy, Ten Days in the Light of Akka, pp. 8-9.
In 400 B.C. Hippocrates wrote about the relationship between health and food when he said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” In 1513, the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth (…oops, he found Florida instead). Food and its relationship to our health is an age-old subject, and still a primary concern for everyone. As foragers of food, we may have eaten more organically in the past, before processed and fast foods became so easily available. But today, new guidance from the Baha’i writings suggests that there is a link between food and our spiritual potential.
Between material things and spiritual things, there is a connection. The more healthful his body the greater will be the power of the spirit of man. – Ibid.
How can we approach food from a spiritual vantage point, and reap the physical benefits of productivity at the same time?
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Many of us intellectually understand that moving towards healthier eating will not only help us individually, collectively, environmentally, and economically—but will also move us and our societies into a healthier future on all accounts. Yet we still find it very onerous to discipline ourselves when it comes to food.