Gratitude Through Food Is Fuel For Self Healing
“Let us be thankful for our food and the hands that have prepared it” ~ My father in law the farmer
Taking the time to nurture your body with healthy food is one of the best ways to give gratitude to your wonderful health and spirit. Optimal nutrition is a powerful life transforming tool. As a Naturopathic Doctor I have seen many people change their lives through diet and lifestyle medicine. The key to longterm success is not found by following the “perfect meal plan” but instead by cultivating an attitude of self love and self care and expressing that love through nutrition.
We are human and inevitably we will get stuck. When things fall apart, and everything is shifting, gratitude gives us a place to start the recovery process. Gratitude requires humility and it helps us cultivate compassion for ourselves and others. Expressing our gratitude through food helps us connect to the world around us. We are human and we all need to eat. When we really reflect on all of the energy that goes into preparing a meal, it can be astonishing to realizes the number of connections we have to nature and humanity. From the earth and the farmers that patiently nurture our wholesome food, to the spices grown with care all over the world, to the tradition and spirit of recipes passed down from generation to generation, or the forward thinking food innovations shared freely by like minded friends online. Food connects us to our family, our friends, our culture, and ourselves. Food and bring comfort, lift our spirit, celebrate our success and support us through times of grief and loss. Through gratitude we can nurture a diet that will provide us with fuel for a wonderful and connected life.
Our team has compiled a book of their favourite recipes and reflections on nutrition, life and love. We share them freely with you though gratitude and we welcome you to pass it on.
Dr. Erin Wiley
Founder of the Integrative Health Institute
Gratitude For Our Authors
With great respect I would like to thank all of the creators, contributors, and collaborators who have made this wonderful resource possible. Your love of food, health and nutrition is flowing off the pages of this beautiful handmade book. In particular I would like to thank Drs. Jen Newell and Shannon Vander Doelen for their leadership and design of this project. Your spirit and enthusiasm have inspired our entire team to share their stories of self care. Thank you for the countless hours of editing that were spent making a smart sustainable resource for our community.
Dr. Erin Wiley ND
Integrative Health Institute