Food: More than Fuel

I have officially arrived on the Big Island after spending almost two weeks in Maui. Here at the Banyan Tree Sanctuary in Kona, I find myself surrounded by fruit trees and green geckos. I feel so much gratitude for the fresh food I have access to, this fruit is so alive that I can’t help but feeling connected to this land already. A sweet reminder of what real, ripe fruit is supposed to taste like. After breakfast I feel inspired and reflect on the delicious meal.

Through food I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the following things:

-sense of place and sense of identity

-relationship with the land, people, plants, animals, and self

-healing mind and body

-syncing body with the land through the foods that grow from it

-mindfulness and intention with growing and consuming

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The food forest at the Banyan Tree Sanctuary is filled with ripe papayas, mangos, lilikoi, figs and bananas. Nothing like eating fruit you just harvested yourself.
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First breakfast on the island, nutrient-dense and loaded with tropical fruit and healthy fats.
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Dinner in Kona at a local ahi poke joint. Local ahi tuna seasoned in various ways, with fresh seaweed salad and quinoa on the side. Could not have asked for a more complete and satisfying meal.
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