Corinna and Jack are the two wonderful altruistic chefs behind the Sacred Food project. Having met on the captivating island of Gozo, they came together over a shared passion for the sacred relationship food can have with our bodies, and we can have with our food. Corinna comes from an Italian trattoria style background where her intimate experience with food brought families, friends and strangers together. Jack had embarked on a nomadic chef adventure, his travels connected him with different types of cuisine and fun collaborations with other chefs. Wanting to bring these ideas together, they brainstormed ways in which they could share their learning.
When Covid 19 struck this year, it grounded one of their many ideas. They started lovingly preparing food at home and making it available for deliveries. In a time of crisis, it is common to reflect more on our food choices when we are thinking more about our health and immunity. This period of time provided Sacred Food with the opportunity to kick into gear and engage a wider audience. Their message however is clear – our relationship with food should not only be sacred during a time of fear but one that is nurtured throughout our lives. It is linked to the overall wellbeing of our bodies and our planet, it should not be a temporary sacred relationship.
They encourage us to utilize this time as an opportunity to adopt more sustainable lifestyles where we can commit to positive choices around our purchasing and eating. Is it overwhelming? Fear not, they have offered some easy peasy steps below:
Cut out the processed foods
Start differentiating between what is real food and what is processed. The nutritional gains we can achieve from our wholefoods can be negatively impacted by the harmful ingredients in processed goods.
Learn to cook a few simple healthy meals
When we cook at home we have more control over the ingredients in our dishes and more autonomy over what we are eating. Empower yourself, start with something simple. It can be revolutionary!
Keep it local
By choosing local we reduce the emissions around the journey of our food. Produce is often picked too early to prevent it being over-ripe when it reaches our shelves. Local produce not only is a more environmentally friendly choice, but can also be in better shape as it has less travel time.
Listen to your body
Keep clear of confusing diets and restore a healthy relationship with your body. Use food as a tool to identify the relation between your emotions, beliefs and eating behaviours. Find more about Intuiative Eating on their website.
Corinna and Jack are driven by a desire to support people. In addition to their commercial delivery service they also work in collaboration with the Gozo Food Bank. The team has a GoFundMe page where they collect donations that enable them to purchase nutritional food and deliver weekly healthy meals to local families in need. Part of their core mission is also to radically reduce food waste. Working in collaboration with local grocers, they also rescue food that would otherwise be thrown away. Jack states:
“Even if it’s for other people, even if it’s a donation, it should still be sacred”
You can either donate money or food to support this project. They encourage you to shop on a budget but also choose things that are going to nourish people as much as possible. You are not just buying food, you are contributing to their well-being. Minimizing environmental impact is just as important as helping families in need, so they also encourage you to donate glass jars and bottles so they can circulate reusable containers and steer clear of disposables. For tips on shopping for the food bank and for more information on this project, check out their video here.
Sacred Food not only encourages us to critically reflect on the story of our food, of where it comes from and how it was prepared, it also highlights how we can empower ourselves with our food. How it can nourish our bodies and how our choices can nourish our natural environments.