In Nourishment Provenza presents his thesis of the wisdom body, a wisdom that links flavor-feedback relationships at a cellular level with biochemically rich foods to meet the body’s nutritional and medicinal needs. Provenza explores the fascinating complexity of these relationships as he raises and answers thought-provoking questions about what we can learn from animals about nutritional wisdom.
- What kinds of memories form the basis for how herbivores, and humans, recognize foods?
- Can a body develop nutritional and medicinal memories in utero and early in life?
- Do humans still possess the wisdom to select nourishing diets or has that ability been hijacked by nutritional “authorities”?
- Is taking supplements and enriching and fortifying foods helping us, or is it hurting us?
- On a broader scale Provenza explores the relationships among facets of complex, poorly understood, ever-changing ecological, social, and economic systems in light of an unpredictable future.
To what degree do we lose contact with life-sustaining energies when the foods we eat come from anywhere but where we live?
To what degree do we lose the mythological relationship that links us physically and spiritually with Mother Earth who nurtures our lives?
Provenza’s paradigm-changing exploration of these questions has implications that could vastly improve our health through a simple change in the way we view our relationships with the plants and animals we eat.
“Nourishment is a conversation between science, culture, and a greater spiritual or cosmological umbrella.”-Montana Public Radio