How To Feed Your Human, Part 2 - Arthur Haines #77

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How many plant species do you eat on a daily, seasonal or yearly basis? Before you answer that question, consider this: broccoli = kale = kohlrabi = cauliflower = cabbage = brussels sprouts = collard greens. They’re all variations of the same plant species, Brassica oleracea!

The average American is eating far fewer plant species (roughly 30 a year!) compared to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. In this podcast episode, you’ll learn the importance of diet biodiversity and how it can affect your day-to-day functioning and, ultimately, your genetic expression.

Arthur Haines is back on the show for the second installment in the How To Feed Your Human series! As a professional botanist, Arthur’s knowledge of the plant world is immense, and so we get into some pretty fascinating material, including wild foods, diet biodiversity, seasonal eating, anti-nutrients and much, much more. In part one, we talked animal foods, and you can listen to that episode here.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for the next installments in this series where we will discuss fungal, bacterial, elemental and experiential foods!

Episode Breakdown:

  • Cultivated vs. Wild 
  • The endless medicinal qualities of wild plants
  • Brassica oleracea and diet biodiversity
  • Never-ending growing season
  • Dietary diversity = dietary sufficiency
  • What kind of DNA fragments do you want floating in your body?
  • Engaging your senses to develop a personal connection with your landscape
  • Fiber’s many purposes
  • A flourishing microbiota doesn’t come from a capsule
  • Plant-based Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Anti-nutrients
  • What are tannins?
  • How to consume nuts, seeds and legumes
  • White bread vs, wheat bread
  • The power of antioxidants
  • How to bring more wild foods into your diet
  • Herbal medicine
  • Closing thoughts

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Greetings! My name is Arthur Haines and I’ve been helping people explore human ecology for over 20 years. I’ve done this with the mission of developing deep awareness of and connection to nature, promoting individual health, and fostering self-reliance. Wild food is a passion of mine, and through this, I offer a glimpse of our past and a new picture of our future. Through this knowledge, and many other facets of our shared ancestral lifeways, we can awaken a rewilding of our body, mind, and heart.

I endeavor to share knowledge garnered from this perspective, one that merges the material knowledge of present-day people with the ecological knowledge of ancestral people.

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