The 5 P Philosophy

You change the world with every bite you take. Once you deeply understand how powerful you are, the solutions to a perfect diet, lifestyle and purposeful existence naturally arise, from within. Let this philosophy be your friend, a tool to dive deeper into awareness. Aware people don’t need rules, diets or doctrines because they naturally make choices for the greater good of all living creatures.

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Sambal Matah. The underground root network of torch ginger holds soil, stopping erosion from happening whilst providing shade. The shoots, which can be used year round, make a delicious condiment to spice up any food.

These are the pillars, 5 P’s of New Earth Cooking. The 5 aspects you affect with every bite you take. 

  1. Place
  2. Product
  3. Price
  4. People
  5. Planet

Every time you decide to buy or bite into a piece of food. question these aspects. From there on, decide if this is what you truly want. And remember, this is a journey to be enjoyed. Be nice to yourself, as you slowly transition into a better way of relating to yourself and all living beings around you.

1. Place

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We grew this giant pineapple from the top of another fruit. In the food forest in Bali, by now there must be hundreds of pineapples all over the place there!

Does it make sense to you to eat food which has been imported from far away places?

  • Example: Quinoa is a crop which has kept native South American people healthy and strong for many generations. Initially just exported as cheap bird food, its health benefits were ‘discovered’ by a bunch of forward thinking ‘health guru’s’.
  • It didn’t take long for the stuff to become wildly popular as many people were convinced of its superior nutrition.
  • Exports to the western world boomed and the quinoa price went up dramatically as a result.

Whilst well meaning, health focused people are enjoying their quinoa salad in their local health food café, some of the native people in true need of their nourishing food can no longer afford it and have their health decrease as a result.

‘Local’ is a key aspect of he future of food! The planet patiently absorbs and transforms the emissions and shares her final drops of oil as big trucks and planes transport these so called ‘superfoods’ around the globe. What are you considering when you believe the food you eat is healthy?

2. Product

 

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Are you willing to accept toxins and pollution in your food that are known to be a burden on your system? 

  • Example: Most modern food products are grown, produced and preserved with the aid of man-made chemicals.
  • Are you willing to ingest a cocktail of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, preservatives and other substances with unknown health effects daily just by eating food?
  • Do you believe that any government institution could possibly control or deem the impact of all these toxins to be safe? Up until world war 2 all food was ‘organic’.

A proposition: should food that has been produced naturally without added chemicals deserve a special label at all? Would it make more sense to label every vegetable with a list of the residue of the exact chemicals they contain so you can make an informed choice?

It all starts with soil! Compare it to your immune system, when it’s balanced, you stay healthy. When the soil is healthy, plants stay well. This is why small organic farms with a great diversity of vegetables don’t need to waste their money on pesticides. When we want to grow hundreds of hectares of the same crop we ignore nature’s need for diversity. We temporarily try to patch up the resulting pests and threats with chemical warfare. It’s a war we can’t win because when we fight nature we fight ourselves.

As our soils degrade and deplete we need to apply greater amounts of fertilizers and pesticides. The chemicals tend to remain on and even inside the crop until they end up in your body. Government regulation states a so-called ‘safe’ amount of residue found in produce, assuming a healthy person will be able to deal with a certain dose of poison.

Modern, well-organized governments have safety barriers for most toxicity issues for that matter, ie a maximum amount of toxicity in the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, etc. However, no one is able to predict the accumulated sum total of this complicated cocktail of environmental toxins that one ingests on an average day. Moreover, even in strictly regulated and controlled countries we find these so-called safety barriers being crossed more often than not.

3. Price

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When you choose affordable or cheap food, are you considering the real price you are paying? Are you thinking what you can afford today or what you can afford in life?

  • Example: The food you buy in supermarkets is generally produced on a very large scale. These manufacturers spend a large percentage of their budget on marketing their products through clever advertisement, without it you would probably not even consider their product.
  • Another chunk of the money you spend on their product gets lost in the supply chain which includes middle men, transport etc. Next time you grab a box of cereal or tin of soup consider all the things involved in getting this product to you.
  • Estimate how much money has actually been spent on the ingredients. Refined sugar, cheap oils, a range of artificial flavourings and colourings designed to make an inferior product look appealing.
  • Can food be truly nourishing once it’s been so far removed from its source, put through endless refining processes and transported many miles? Most people are now aware that poor nutrition like this is linked to chronic decease

    4. People

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    Sharing my cooking skills with young people from Myanmar, who left their home in search for a better future at this organic restaurant in Kuala Lumpur

    Would you be happy to eat food which has been produced by people who suffer emotionally or physically as a direct result of their work?

    Example: Most of us have experienced the nourishing qualities of food prepared with love and shared with joy. We harbor the innate wisdom that it truly is possible to stir love into a pot of soup and make it taste better. Energy goes where intention goes, modern quantum physics and ancient wisdom agree on thi

     

     

  • How could food possibly be good if not every single individual in the cycle is benefiting, expanding and enjoying wellness and peace. 
    • Can we grow healthy crops when we drive families of their land in the name of modern agriculture?
    • Do you know what goes on within the walls of food factories?
    • Are office cubicles, battery hens and production lines true facets of an evolved and wealthy society?
    • Forced slavery may be rare and unaccepted these days but why is a large part of our working population seemingly stuck in a cycle of dreams, debts and minimum wage?
    • Can you read behind the smile of the check out person next time you’re in the supermarket line?
    • If you were to consider the cost of health care to counteract the direct impact of this mass-produced, anonymous ‘food’ you would probably find it not affordable.

       

  • 5. Planet

    Are you taking more than you are giving back to planet earth? 

    • Examples: Can we clear acres of precious rain forest every minute of every day to grow genetically modified soy to feed hungry caged hens on their journey to become chicken nuggets?
    • Is plastic an acceptable default packaging for every single item you purchase, knowing there’s no real sustainable way to dispose of it?
    • Can we safely alter the genes of our crops without understanding how their role fits into the complicated web of life and how these gene altered crops affect our health?
    • Is it possible to be a healthy individual as part of an unhealthy planet?

    Remember: Awareness is important, but the focus must remain solution minded. There is so much right with the world too! If there is one thing you could do today, keep dishing out the positive thoughts and the loving smiles and never give up giving!

    In every moment there’s a choice. A choice between love and fear. In every moment there’s an opportunity for change. Big corporations, ‘evil’ governments, wars and terrorists, are they the problem, or are they simply symptoms of the problem? Do you want to blame ‘them’ and stick your head in the sand, or do you want to claim back your innate power to know, choose and act?

    New Earth Cooking is a support network to go beyond your mind to a place where you know exactly what’s best for you. What you find there is best for the entire planet and all life it sustains.

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    Are you ready to go on the journey?