It all started with a tomato that refused to ripen.

Thomas Pawlick, the author of The End of Food, begins his book by telling the story. He explains how he walked out of his local grocery store with a big beautiful red tomato. Everything about it looked physically appealing and delicious, but it wasn’t soft enough to eat. So he set it aside.

Days passed and there was no change. He put it in the sun. Still nothing. Over two weeks later, the tomato hadn’t softened. If felt hard and rubbery, but remained a bright red. Pawlick took the tomato outside and threw it against his fence, expecting it to splatter.

To his horror, it bounced.

THE ECOLOGY OF NUTRITION

Reading The End of Food was a beginning for me. Soon afterwards I began taking a microscope to the origins of my food. How were my veggies grown? Transported? Treated? And how did it affect me personally?

Questions were followed by more readings. More research. Some web searches. And a humble attempt at growing some of my own things. I started small – with bean spouts and the soaking of grains, watching with wonder how foods reacted when exposed to water or air or temperature changes.

I got a little experimental. Carved some avocado seeds to see what was inside (surprisingly soft seeds). Started composting. Watched things rot. I started using the nutrient-rich water that had been drained off of vegetables and legumes instead of throwing it away. Using food scraps to add flavour back into other meals. Throwing less away.

My next few blogs for February are dedicated to the ecology of nutrition. Some of the things I’ve been learning and experimenting with.

I’ve been thrilled to discover a body mind connection to ecology. There’s something comforting in understanding where your food comes from, accompanied by a greater appreciation for the work that goes into growing something. I love how in this age of high speeds, high stress and high demands, a seed still takes its sweet time to grow. Soil is oblivious to high production demands and financial gains. Nature will not be rushed.

Soil in itself is a wondrous new discovery for me. It’s mind blowing how something so ancient can seem so new. But when you live in a concrete jungle, rich soil sightings are few and far between. I’ve been fascinated to learn about how our entire human history is so closely linked to our agriculture. Civilizations have fallen or flourished because of their soil quality. These, among other things, are topics I’ll be writing about in February.

Sprouting adzuki beans

Growing an avocado tree!

Carved avocado seed

HISTORY IN THE MAKING

On February 17th, this blog officially turns ONE year old! ANNIVERSARY! To celebrate, all my posts after February 17th will be giveaways for the rest of the month.

Prizes will include:

  • Navitas products
  • A pair of Zems (the winner picks the size and style)
  • A free professional, personalized assessment and fitness plan (distance is not an issue and if you don’t need it, you can transfer it to someone else as a gift)

Just a small thanks for sticking around with me for an entire year. Don’t say I don’t love you.

Speaking of giveaways…

THE MEN’S SPORT KILT GIVEAWAY WINNER!

The random draw winner was: CHRIS ROBINSON!

Congrats! Email your address to vanessaruns@gmail.com and I’ll send the kilt.

Happy February everyone!