OUR MISSION, VISION & THEORY OF CHANGE
Encourage an evidence-based healthy dietary lifestyle to reverse, and prevent, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and breast & prostate cancer to enhance our collective well-being (personal, familial, societal, intergenerational, and interspecies well-being).
A world where nutritional knowledge, and skills to grow, cook, and compost food is ubiquitous.
Theory of Change
Through mindfulness-based hands-on, local, and simplified experiential learning we pass on skills to grow, cook, and compost food to encourage an evidence-based healthy (and tasty) dietary lifestyle that is whole-foods, plant-based, organic, and seasonal.
Culinary & Org. Advisor
Dr. Satyendra Srivastava (Sachin)
Medical & Mindfulness Advisor
Ahara means dietary lifestyle in Sanskrit. The Oxford dictionary defines ‘diet’ as “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” Well-being philosophies like yoga expand this definition of diet to link nutrition to the health of one’s body and mind by emphasizing the quality of food, quantity consumed, and attitude when we cook and eat.
Based on nutritional science, the kinds of food we favor are those in the A range of the EXSALUS Food Continuum*, ideally whole plant foods. The quality of food we favor is seasonal and locally-grown from small-scale organic farms that use animal waste to fertilize the soil. The quantity one requires to be satiated can be experienced through mindful eating. The attitude with which one eats could have three aspects:
1) Gratitude: Consider the food’s journey from seed to plate, and all the sentient beings involved in the process, from those who fertilized the soil to those who prepared the meal (including yourself);
2) Wonder: Consider how you – each cell and neuron – are literally made up of what you consume – food, water, and air;
3) Conservation: Because of the prior two considerations, cultivate an attitude to not waste.
Ahara emphasizes balanced nutrition for a healthy body and mind through:
the kinds of food: whole plant foods
seasonal, local, small-scale organic
mindful eating till satiated
gratitude, wonder, conservation
*This image is sourced from this website: https://lms.ecornell.com/courses/1331960/pages/watch-the-exsalus-food-continuum?module_item_id=16096081. As mentioned on this website, “The Exsalus Food Continuum is reprinted with permission from Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman.”