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Food on Events

Many festivals in Australia attract a group of people that are quite proud of being a bit different to the mainstream and would consider themselves as part of an alternative movement. Nevertheless most of them go via supermarkets before an event and stack up on processed packaged food items that last til the last day of the event and beyond.

To me there is no alternate culture; at least not one that will have less destructive impact on the environment, without changing what we eat and how we grow it. 

Confest is a great exaple for preparing food on site which allows its participants to get fresh local produce and prepare it onsite. Confest has so called 'cooking circles' or  food preparation space that are open for anyone to bring their own food and prepare it potentially together with others that are hungry at the time.

Alternatively this could be organised through the event as part of the ticket price. This way food could be sourced and stored in bulk and prepared by volunteers like an extension of a typical crew kitchen.

If this is a step too far or seems to hard to organise, the answer could be somewhere inbetween. Fresh produce can be sourced in bulk and then split so every participant gets their box of  fresh produce and potentially also dry goods that can form wholesome meals when combined.

Get on board yourself, take fresh produce to events anyhow. What could possibly be a better snack throughout the day than fresh fruit?

Nina's Nutrition History

Here some milestones of experiences that have shaped my understanding of food and the world:

I usually start talking about my teenage years as that's when I remember paying a lot more attention to the topic however I shall start with my childhood as I believe some of the deepest imprints and accordingly habits come from a very early age.

My parents are biologists so a scientific approach just as much as a deep respect and understanding of nature where laid in my cradle. Even though I grew up with a more or less conventional German diet which includes meat regularly and dairy and cooked food pretty much on a daily basis; I also got shown many wild edible plants on long walks, often through the forest.

 

 

Communal Meal Prep - Documentation 2012

No wastage: Use what needs using, then create your meal from that. This allows for buying what is on offer, in season, available in the garden.

Focus on local ingredients when sourcing your food to prevent transporting food unnecessarily around the globe.

Following some guidelines for communal cooking:

Create your meals using as much fresh as possible. Ideally up to 60% (some foods need cooking or other treatments to be healthy, potatoes, some spinaches, beans, etc.) 

So include fruit and salads wherever possible and even as toppings on cooked dishes, like herbs, seeds and sprouts.

In general when designing your meals, make vegetables the main ingredient.

Then think about your complex carbohydrates from, for example potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, rice and different grains (include amaranth or millet) or main ingredients like beans, lentils and chick peas which deliver a huge amount of protein at the same time.

Note: Protein isn’t a problem. It’s a myth. Definitely not in a vegetarian diet and in most cases not even in a vegan diet, as even some vegetables have 30% of protein in them and a main carbohydrate source like grains has over 7% of protein and we only need 12% of protein.

Then think about good oils. Focus on plant derived cold pressed oils. Can be as simple as soaked seeds. Whatever oil you use (olive, rapseed, sunflower, …) adding flaxseed oil (used cold) is recommendable as it balances the omega-3 and omega-6 and make sure you know at what temperature they form transfatty acids, as you definitely want to avoid them.

If you have a dish based on white rice or white flour, like pasta add nuts and seeds to satisfy your bodies need for minerals and other nutrients.

Green Food - A good sum up - bma oriented

Revolutionise your food to revolutionise your society!
 
Don't we want everybody to feel and perform the best possible and have a rather positive impact if any on our environment?
 
Events can be a transformational experience for many of its participants, food next to other important aspects in life can assist in reaching our full potential through health and well being.
 
Being happy and nurturing our connection with nature as a community are key elements of the burner culture. The way we source as a determining factor of how our food is grown also becomes a civic responsibility as soon as you understand the footprint of our current food system.
 

About 30% of our resources, 92% of our global fresh water is used for our food production. 90% of these resources go into the production of animal products!

More than 40 % of the world‘s surface are covered by agriculture

And as the demand shapes the supply on our market
What food we buy and how it is grown shapes the world. And of course, You! 

So how can such a diet look like?
  • Plant-based Diet (consider vegan meals)
  • Organic or Bio-dynamic (small scale traditional family farms)
  • Unprocessed (include raw foods - remember not every meals has to involve cooking)
  • Less Packaged (market products)
  • Avoid Wastage (make sure your food is stored and managed well)
  • Consider Fair Trade goods
 
And ideally most of the food is sourced in your local region and therefor seasonal, maybe some of your community members even have or know of or gardens in your area.
 
So get together in groups and source your food for the next event in bulk and in your region!
 
How to:
Identify your local produce at the time and get in touch will local suppliers.
Think about transport and storage according to the type of produce and the amounts that you require.
What amounts are you thinking of? For your camp, extras for a communal food prep space, the crew supply or a fresh produce stall on site?
How long will the produce need to last? How long is the event (set up and pack down?)
Is an effective shade structure, regular sorting and moving (according to times of the day) off the boxes enough.
Do you need traditional cooling methods like a Cool Guardy Safe or big cooling container/ truck.
Can you get a budget that allows this?
Come up with creative ways to use what needs using first and encourage everybody else to use the produce in a way that keeps wastage at a minimum.
Use as much raw as possible.
 
Other beneficial outcomes:
By sourcing this type of food in your region you also support the region where your event is held, ensure work in the region and an independence from major corporations. This will help with connecting with the broader community in the region of your event. Additionally you save energy that usually goes towards transport and storage.
 
 
Ok, this all sounds great but what did food have to do with Civic Responsibility again?
 
 Why talking about civic responsibility in the context of environmental protection and food as part of resource management? Simple as that: If we want our culture to flourish in the future we have to ensure there is a future worth living for the next generation And you want this generation to be as healthy as possible!
 
So due to the environmental reasons named above and the fact that most deaths internationally are cause by nutrition related disease please consider a wholesome, natural, mainly plant based diet for your community!

Bringing People Together

One of the most amazing effects of shared healthy meals is the ability for it to draw people together.

The perfect opportunity to get together with your community to discuss relevant topics and how to tackle the next project.

When these meals are even prepared together it allows for learning about healthy nutrition and thereby helps to create healthier happier communities.

If the ingredients now are also sourced locally from family farms in the region it supports this development also from an economic and social point of view as your resources are spent in you region and not on products from international corporations that use genecillay modified cropps, plastic packaging and transport those goods all around the globe, leaving an emense footprint on our environment. 

A Fruity 2014

Here some impressions on the amazing tropical fruit I got to enjoy and learn about.

Waterian or Waterist?

Are you a Waterian? What the hell is that? 

Following the Waterism?

Well, there are Vegetarians, Vegans, Frutarians, concepts like Rawfoodism, Hedonism and supposably Breatharians...

And I love all these concepts as I understand their benefits, socially, health wise and especially in regards to nature. [expand]

What I can't identify with is the exclusiveness that comes a long with most people that call them self for instance rawfoodist. 'No, you are only a raw foodie when you eat 100% raw.'

So while following a support worthy cause we create more separation.

What about "Hey, you eat a lot of/ mainly raw food, that's great, your one of us?"

So I would like to see an approach to nutrition that includes everyone, all plants and creatures.

So what about a Waterian is not someone that only drinks water but everybody that drinks water? And Waterism the understanding that everyone of us needs to drink and we are all the same? We are all one.

Luckily more people start to understand that more inclusive thinking and acting is needed with ideas like 'raw til 4'

Thanks for your time! More on my Thoughts on Food concepts soon...

If you know of a great article supporting veganism or rawfoodism please sign in and share it with everybody that reads this site by submitting it under e-zine 'submit article'.

Same for all the other mentioned concepts! And of cause if you come a good link why maybe exclusively eating fruit especially without knowing how to might harm your body please feel free to add your knowledge there, as well!

 

Peers and Experts

 

Influences on my Thinking about Food

Mark Bittman and his blog (in NY Times)

Michael Pollan and his work

 

other Peers and Experts:

Carolyn Steel who explains How Food Shapes Our Cities


Angela Morelli who talks about The Global Water Footprint of Humanity: 92% of our water usage goes into our food production

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p8YHa1W_neI  info based on the United nation's world water development report most official report in relation to the water crisis

Vienda Maria helps many people to realize and start to implement their dreams and she acknowledges that to make them come true the way we eat plays an essential role...

see more influences on my thinking about nutrition under EAT green

Evolution and Redefining

It’s an evolution!

 

Step by step to a more sustainable way for you end your environment!

 

Every dollar you spend  makes a difference.

Spending a little less money on alcohol, biscuits or cigarettes and therefore on good food.

While our demand determines our supply it is your choice.

Do you support major corporations or the local farmer that uses traditional farming methods and avoids harmful chemicals.

In the society we live in, it is almost impossible to eat ideally all the time.

Just have a close look at typical items you buy and think about their impacts. 

Even if it is just buying a little less meat and therefore from an ethically producing farm or swapping your milk or coffee to a local and organic product, is a great start!

Or think about which meat to buy… Is there an overpopulation of a specific animal in my area? 

In Australia, for example, there are too many rabbits, kangaroo or non-native fish in certain areas and these are by far healthier and more sustainable meat sources than mass produced pork or chicken which are not only lower quality meat  but also often contain antibiotics. A lower demand for beef will reduce the impact of cattle on the environment.

 

Redefine      &       Be the Change!

 

Change your supply and break your habits/routines by understanding:

Don’t listen to what your body tells you in the beginning when you are used to an unhealthy diet. Learn what is good for you and listen to your head first.

 Before you can feel what your body needs you need to teach it what healthy for it is.

  

A few guidelines to avoid Western society’s main issues in nutrition:

 

-    More liquids apart from coffee/black tea and alcohol, such as water and herbal teas

-    More minerals, vitamins, fiber, right fats, complex carbohydrates

->   More fruit & vegetables, 

->   Include seeds, nuts, berries (in small amounts) and herbs

->   More grain foods, e.g. rice (also: black, brown, red), potatoes (great: sweet-), bread, quinoa (in Australia:     Amaranth, easier to grow), spelt

-    Less sugar and animal fats

 

Avoid  energy dense, nutrient poor foods!

 

However you find all these details on the net simply look up certain issues and foods or herbs and start exploring. 

 

Think of nutrition this way: Our physical evolution is a slow process and therefore adjusted to a more ancient range of foods. Try to imagine what foods you would eat as a hunter and gatherer or as an early stage farmer. That’s more where your body is at. Now include the opportunities our modern society gives you to complement such an unprocessed, plant based diet.

 

It’s really just about starting to inform yourself and getting the motivation for change.

 

 

Future Food

Future Food

A future orientated organisation thinks about its impacts and the well-being and productivity of its employees.

Bubble up/ start-up and the right food to fuel the brain and bodies of your collaborators

Food and Tech go hand in hand

Think international - act regional

Approach your food ideals internationally, think of saving policies and at the same time preventing mal nourishment around the globe.  However interprete the international ideals for yourself and your region, grow your food and buy local as much as possible.

Different countries combine and prepare foods very different due to what your body needs in certain conditions and simply different general tastes...

Most populated regions provide all the foods you need in that area so think twice if you need to use imported foods.

Keep wild plants that aren’t generally sold in mind as well.

 

Rather than orientating yourself on specific recipes, start informing yourself about how certain foods need to be prepared to serve the body best. Accept cultural tabus only where they make sense for health....

 

Which foods are better eaten raw and which cooked (for how long?) 

Is any special treatment necessary like soaking or sprouting,...

 

By moving away from being too pedantic about recipes you can also avoid a lot of wastage.

 

As you can use what needs using and make delicious meals from it.

 

 

Embrace diversity!

 

The world isn’t black and white!

Don’t follow extreme diets pedantically. As an example Raw Food Diet: It is definitely a good idea to implement more raw foods into your diet however the priority should be health and that your body gets what it needs. And make sure you know how to prepare those foods to have the most beneficial effects. Sprouting, soaking, right storage, …

 

 

 

 

 

 Get creative with food:

 

Star exploring what you region has to offer and enjoy healthy meals from unprocessed, local and seasonal foods.

 

A lot of foods have the best value to you system when they are eaten raw and prepared through for example soaking:

like most seeds, grains, beans and even nuts like almonds.

Raw Food receipts can be a great inspiration for parts of you meals.

 

Be passionate about your food and start an amazing and delicious journey!

 

 

Be Passionate

 

You are what you eat!"

 

Explore the fascination of foods! Start trying new things. You will get excited about the different tastes and combinations of tastes. Many people believe that life is about gaining experiences... and food is a diverse and exciting field to explore.

 

Food is the gate way for a lot of people to get in tune with themselves. You can develop a feeling for what you need, to feel a certain way, physically and emotionally. As you learn about this you are able to consciously create the way you feel. 

 

Explore the different states and choose who you want to be.

 

Be your own ongoing experiment! (without taking unnecessary risks, of course (-; )

 

Food also defines whom you meet and how you spend your time. Just think of all the things that are involved with your food, how and where you get it and how and where you prepare it and with whom you share or don’t share your meals.

 

Recognized examples for how food has a direct impact on your life.

So called brain foods promote concentration and brain functions.

And this is just one little aspect. Just think of the euphoric mood caused by chocolate or vanilla...

 Or the link between a lack of Vitamin D and being depressed and even more prone to get breast cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. see what Dr Mercola has to say on the topic.

 

Super Foods

So called Super Foods are discussed a lot currently. They are usually foods that are high in certain nutrients that our body needs, that's all.

I am sure you find foods originating or easy to grow in your area. 

Start your search with nuts, seeds, berries and herbs. These are generally very high in Minerals, Vitamins and other Phytochemicals that your body needs and completely natural.

Many seeds and herbs are also very easy to grow. Start to grow your alive (providing enzymes and other probiotics, too) super foods today!

 

Then look for other nutrient dense, low calorie foods. Like Vegetables, Fruits and many legumes.

Those are your real Super Foods!

 

Just look up how to prepare your seeds, nuts and legumes, as many of them need soaking or sprouting to serve you body best.

 

 Other great foods:

 

Aloe Vera 

 

Hemp

 

- hemp oil

 

Amaranth

 

Sustainable Nutrition Workshop

Sustainable Nutrition Workshop

 I used to run them every Thursday at the T-house (346 Sheridan 

Street)

 

"Green and Easy

Make it fun to learn about a healthier and more sustainable diet in your region.

 

Please come around, learn and enjoy! (=

... It would be nice if you could bring some veggies or anything else as a contribution to a great meal and your time for the preparation.

(ideas: locally grown and little processed, the meals are vegetarian often by accident also vegan and gluten or/and lactose free, as that's what happens if you cook out of a garden (=  )

Otherwise make a donation!

Currently, I guide a group of people in form of an interactive workshop in which we create delicious meals from plant-based, local ingredients in the pleasant surrounding of the T-House.

I love sharing my knowledge on sustainable nutrition in this social surrounding with its own garden to use for the meals, as it  forms a great environment to teach and learn about the importance of food.

 The cooking focuses on healthy, in-expensive, easy and yummy meals with less destructive impact on nature.

other topics:

  •  kitchen garden connection
  •  bush foods
  •  edible weeds
  •  food supply and its impacts

 

Previous projects like an Interactive Food Space at at Adams Dam and the communal preparation of meals at Digger Street gave me a good overview over simple processes and on how to have people learning about food by preparing it collaboratively. 

Nature's Foods

I think an important aspect of life is connecting to nature, understanding it, appreciating it and adapting a lifestyle that maintains a healthy environment to live in.

Plants provide us with oxigen and store water like a sponge. To reckognise that Nature can provide your food or at least supplement your daily diet, as it did for our ancestors will help to raise our perceived value of nature and the awareness to treat it right.

Hot tip for boosting your nutrient levels... Start informing yourself about edible native bush foods and weeds. Native plants are adapted best to the climate zone you live in and therefore need less human input to provide you with food. Weeds take up the nutrients from the soil first and therefore are often real super foods! 

You find some great links on bush tucker and related topics in my online publication: EAT green

 

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