Alternate words for psyche
and soma, are the words soul and body. Our diet is best when it
nourishes both the soul and the body. Foods should not be viewed as a
threat or something with calories or toxic matter that are out to get
Our soul starves when we see
food only as fuel and food preparation as only a means to an end. This
type of position, reflected in our patriarchal stance of having to
" have control over our food intake" is not soulful. Rather, a
playful interaction with the sensuality, aroma, color, and symbolism of
food will be a guide to you in establishing a healthy meeting between
psyche and soma which can transform your life,
your perspective and attitude regarding the very root sources that
sustain your life--food.
In psychology, we spend much
more time concerned with theories based on human aggression, sexuality,
learning behavior, than we do with something so fundamental and intimate
to us all, our relationship with food.
Western medicine overemphasis on pathology narrows our view of food,
food preparation, cooking, eating, digestion, absorption and elimination
as basic to our human existence. These fundamental resources in our
lives are not given the power to act as "transcendent
functions" or mediating agents to feed body and soul.
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