The BWell approach is decidedly “ancestral” in all the holistic connotations of this word. Ancestral Nutrition not only brings ancestral foods into a modern context, but we actually nourish our ancestors by relating again to them in profound ways, and pay our respects through reviving forgotten traditions and long neglected ritual practices.
Ancestral Nutrition is also ecologically rooted. Many of us from all walks of life are quite concerned about “the state of the world” these days, and we are more willing to make the effort to change our lifestyle and eating patterns when we understand this hard work to be an important part of a shift that we are creating, both for our society at large, and for future generations.
When we understand that how we eat constitutes a significant contribution to caring for this planet, it helps to put cravings and addictions in a cultural–not just personal–context, and strengthens our resolve to repattern. We link our committment to health with our committment to social and earth justice.
No matter who we are, we all walk through life carrying the burdens and blessings of our ancestors within us. Current research suggests that our DNA can hold the traumas of our ancestors, with deep effects on our health.
The good news is that we can help mitigate these inherited patterns and draw from the wisdom that’s available to us through our connection with our ancestors.
In exploring the foodways of our Great- Great- Great-Grandparents, and beyond, we are inevitably drawn into the emotional roots of how we eat, and why we eat. We begin to gain insight into the stories of our ancestors, and access the compassion we need to traverse the Territory of Grief. To truly “be well,” means we create a safe place to experience this grief fully. Thus the practices Ancestral Medicine, and Somatic Griefwork have both become essential technologies in the BWell approach to wellness.