If our bodies are temples as many wise men have said, we should treat them with respect. This implies that we should be aware of everything we put into our bodies, and not disrespect or abuse them by ingesting unhealthy foods. Eastern philosophy and medicine teaches us how our bodies seek balance and how various food items can upset that balance or restore it. Our health depends upon the quality, quantity and nature of what we eat. Modern society treats all food items as commodities, and as people lose touch with their agrarian roots, their awareness and concern about what they eat fades. Complicated lists of ingredients in industrially processed foods are meaningless to most people. Likewise, the impact of such foods upon their bodies, much less upon society as a whole is ignored. To live a healthy, balanced life, requires an awareness of what constitutes a healthy diet and the knowledge of various alternatives to the commercially processed products being mass-marketed. This class will explain these alternative diets, why they are healthier than eating processed foods, how to heal and regenerate your body through conscious dieting and fasting. By understanding your own body and its response to various food items, you can consciously improve your health. And by consuming healthy foods you help restore the balance to the greater society which has become overly dependent upon processed, unnatural, and unhealthy foods. Syllabus I will introduce various holistic diets, one at a time, explaining how they work to keep you healthy. Students will be expected to select one diet to try themselves for a period of time (at least a month). After that period, students will report back about the experience and any observable changes to their physical and mental health. For each diet, there will be at least one book reference for students to research. If students need to purchase these books, please use our links below so the Free School gets a small percentage of each sale. Thanks! Tentatively here are the books: Survival in the 21st Century by Victoras Kulvinskas (Raw Foods) Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret (Mucus-Free diet & Fasting) To Buy or Not to Buy Organic: What You Need to Know to Choose the Healthiest, Safest, Most Earth-Friendly Food by Cindy Burke (Organic Foods) World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony by Will Tuttle The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss by Natalia Rose The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet by Vesanto Melina Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe Disclaimers: I have practiced some of the diets I will be teaching. I was a vegetarian for 11 years, and a vegan for most of that time. I have many friends who've benefited from the various diets we will be discussing, so I know their value to our health. However, I am not currently following any of these diets specifically, although I incorporate their wisdom into everything I eat! If you are under a doctor's care, or are taking medications, you should discuss your diet plan with your doctor to find out about any side effects such a diet might have upon your medications. This is especially true for anyone considering fasting for more than a day. Some meds must be taken with solid food, so beware of what you do! This course is for educational purposes. None of what is discussed is to be considered advice for your personal situation. Whether you follow any of the outlined diets or fasts is completely your responsibility, as is the outcome of such a change in your usual diet. The instructor bears no responsibility whatsoever.