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In Europe, research fellow Laura Wellesley of British think-tank Chatham House says governments must aid in a shift to so-called plant-based meat and, more controversially, meat grown in laboratories.

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Diners sample vegan dishes at a "Future 50 Foods" tasting at the Pompidou Center in Paris. VOA

Spelt risotto was on the menu at a recent lunch in Paris. Spelt is an ancient form of wheat with a nutty flavor. It is rich in fiber and minerals, and counts among dozens of sometimes ancient and obscure foods scientists say benefit people and the planet.

A green cuisine effort is growing in France as scientists warn that meat consumption must be drastically cut to fight climate change and sustainably feed a global human population set to reach 10 billion by 2050.

Algae, which are nutrient-rich and can have a meat-like flavor, is seen at a "Future 50 Foods" tasting at the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Algae, which are nutrient-rich and can have a meat-like flavor, is seen at a “Future 50 Foods” tasting at the Pompidou Center in Paris. VOA

“Seventy-five percent of our food comes from 12 crops and five animals. Sixty percent of all our calories come through three vegetables,” said David Edwards, director of food strategy at environmental group WWF, which jointly produced a report, “Future 50 Foods,” with the German food giant Knorr.

The message: Our current eating habits, which rely heavily on large-scale farming and livestock production, have got to change.

“We’ve had a 60 percent decline in the wildlife population since the 1970s — the last 50 years, within a lifetime,” Edwards added. “And … a precipitous decline in insect populations also … food has pushed wildlife into the extreme margins.”

A menu explains what is being served at a "Future 50 Foods" lunch at the Pompidou Center in Paris.
A menu explains what is being served at a “Future 50 Foods” lunch at the Pompidou Center in Paris. VOA

The Paris lunch featured many of the report’s so-called “future” foods. Vegetables are in. Meat is out. On the menu: walnuts, root vegetables, lentil flour, yams and soy milk.

Also, fonio — a drought-resistant grain that Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam now markets in the United States and serves at his New York City restaurant. He sources it from smallholder farmers in Africa.

“We’re still importing food like rice in Senegal. Yet we could have our own fonio, our own millet. We should be consuming it. But we still have this mentality that what comes from the West is best,” Thiam said.

Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam attends a "Future 50 Foods" tasting at the Pompidou Center in Paris. Thiam cooks and markets fonio in the U.S., sourcing the grain from African farmers.
Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam attends a “Future 50 Foods” tasting at the Pompidou Center in Paris. Thiam cooks and markets fonio in the U.S., sourcing the grain from African farmers. VOA

Former White House chef Sam Kass, who led Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity, is now fighting for the environment.

“When we talk about these dramatic changes to overhaul everything, people are like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, I don’t know what to do.’ And here, it’s like, just pick 2 to 3 foods and eat them once a week. That would be a big start,” Kass said.

Drought-resistant okra is displayed at a "Future 50 Foods" tasting at the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Drought-resistant okra is displayed at a “Future 50 Foods” tasting at the Pompidou Center in Paris. VOA

In Europe, research fellow Laura Wellesley of British think-tank Chatham House says governments must aid in a shift to so-called plant-based meat and, more controversially, meat grown in laboratories.

“The EU has really invested quite heavily in this area … but it could do more,” Wellesley said. “It could invest more public finance in the research and development of culture and plant-based meat that are truly sustainable and are healthy options. And it could also support the commercialization of innovations.”

At the Paris lunch, diner Thomas Blomme gave his first course a thumbs-up.

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“Some sort of soup, with a lot of spices and some new ingredients. Tasted really well with some lentils,” he said.

And for diners heading back to work but feeling a bit sleepy after the seven-course tasting menu: A green moringa after-party booster juice was offered. (VOA)

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4 Reasons Why Mindful Eating Helps Addiction Recovery

Mindful eating will strengthen that body, reduce the chances of obesity in the process, and thus avoid the damaging effects of being overweight

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Mindful eating will strengthen that body, reduce the chances of obesity in the process, and thus avoid the damaging effects of being overweight. Pixabay

–  Thích Nhất Hạnh, Zen master, a Buddhist monk, and peace activist

I love tea, particularly English Breakfast or Darjeeling. A great way to start the day, and a whole lot more civilized than looking around for the dregs in a liquor bottle, which is how my mornings used to begin.

Fresh, ripe fruit and organic yogurt are usually what follows – delicious. Far better and healthier than looking around for where you put your meth stash when you passed out the night before. Yes, sadly, that was also an integral part of how my mornings used to kick off (supposing, of course, I managed to kick my own self out of whatever bed I was in before midday rolled around).

My name is Andy, I’m a successful digital marketing entrepreneur, 30-something, I can still throw myself around a basketball court with the best of them, and, yes, I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict with over 9 years of continued sobriety behind me. And I do really like my tea and my fresh fruit in the morning. Now.

When you mention the words “detox” and “rehab” to people, unsurprisingly, their first thought is getting you to safely stop taking whatever substance you’re addicted to. They’d be right too – it’s the first stop on the road to addiction recovery. However, many people don’t realize that the medical facilities that provide these services do something else too. They put you in a room (a lot like a classroom, yes), and they educate the living hell out of you. Literally.

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Mindful eating helps us to eat in a conscious way, linking our minds and bodies and helps us recognize more completely when we are hungry and when we are full. Pixabay

My knowledge of the substances I abused was pretty one-sided. Do this – feel like this. Do that, and you’ll write off tomorrow, that’s a given. Do both. Oh, boy… Yes, rehab in Nampa, Idaho didn’t just re-educate my body to learn to live clean and sober – it re-educated my brain too.

One of the most important aspects of rehab is educating you well enough for you to survive when you leave, to be able to live a life of abstinence and be 100% clean and sober. And a big part of this was learning the art of mindfulness. Seeing as eating healthily is one of my passions, it was time to write an article about mindful eating.

Establishing Connections

As I’ve said, I’m a great believer in eating healthily, which was wholeheartedly advised to me during rehab as a way to repair both the physical damage addiction had wreaked on my body, and to help my brain through nutrition to return to normal (yes, addiction will restructure your brain, changing the way you think).

The world has many problems – here’s just one. Our lives are forced to be lived quickly if we allow it. Because of this, we eat faster, and allow way too many distractions while doing so – the TV, our phones, work – the list goes on.

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Mindful eating educates the recovering addict, and, in particular, helps alleviate this behavior of “feeding the feeling.” Pixabay

Mindful eating helps us to eat in a conscious way, linking our minds and bodies and helps us recognize more completely when we are hungry and when we are full. It is no surprise then that mindful eating is a useful form of therapy for those who suffer from eating disorders or obesity. As a recovering addict, it helps to create a better balance between our body’s needs, and the actions our brains take to respond.

Weight Control

Addicts, following detox, pretty much all do the same thing once sober – they eat, and they eat plenty. Psychologically, it is that same behavior manifested by their addiction, so by introducing mindful eating into the recovery program, you not only improve the way people do eat, you also provide them with a way to control their weight.

Comfort Eating

Recovering addicts, particularly in the early days of abstinence, will look to replace their substance of abuse in an acceptable way. Food is the answer for many (fortunately, has always been athletic, I chose exercise). Comfort eating often referred to as “feeding your feelings,” is a childhood behavior, because we associate food with reward. If you live in the U.S. (in fact, anywhere in western society), this usually involves fast food.

Mindful eating educates the recovering addict, and, in particular, helps alleviate this behavior of “feeding the feeling.” By doing so, you become less reliant on food as your way to fight against cravings and emotions.

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As a recovering addict, it helps to create a better balance between our body’s needs, and the actions our brains take to respond. Pixabay

Healthy Pleasure

Addicts spend a lot of time trying to make themselves feel better. However, their methods are self-destructive, and once fully addicted, severely damaging as a way to seek pleasure. Mindful eating is the complete opposite of this – the entire process is based on gaining as much pleasure as possible from the simple process of eating.

Let’s not forget that an addict’s body is not in the best possible shape. Mindful eating will strengthen that body, reduce the chances of obesity in the process, and thus avoid the damaging effects of being overweight.

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Anyone for Tea?

There you have them – your 4 reasons why mindful eating helps addiction recovery:

  • Establishing connections
  • Weight control
  • Comfort eating
  • A healthy pleasure

How has mindful eating helped you? What do you think is its main benefit? Please share with a comment below. Lastly, time to put the kettle on – anyone for tea?