Food Energetics: The Spiritual, Emotional, and Nutritional Power of What We Eat

Excerpts & Samples

By Steve Gagné

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Steve Gagné

Steve Gagné
Steve Gagné is a natural health and nutrition counselor who began researching and teaching food energetics in 1972. He teaches throughout the United States and Europe and continues to study traditional cultures and their dietary practices in remote parts of the world. He lives in Colorado.



Explains how food imparts a living wisdom that is separate from the science of nutrient values

• Offers an approach to diet from the perspective of ancient peoples, who understood how the energetic qualities of food affect both physical and spiritual health

• Includes a comprehensive catalog of the energetic properties of myriad foods--from chicken, beef, and potatoes to garlic, avocados, zucchini, and grapefruit

Food is more than simply fuel. It imparts a living wisdom that is beyond the science and mechanics of calories, grams, and nutrient values. Ancient peoples, through their relationships with the plants and animals providing their food, understood that their food conveyed the unique energetic qualities of its source, such as swiftness from wild deer and groundedness from root vegetables. With the rise of agribusiness and industrial food production, people have become disconnected from the sources of their food and are no longer able to register the subtle rhythms, harmony, and energies that food can convey. This separation has thrown the basic human-food relationship out of balance--to the detriment of human consciousness.

In Food Energetics, Steve Gagné shows how to revitalize our connection to food and remedy our physical and psychic imbalances with the wisdom of food energetics. He provides a comprehensive catalog of foods and their corresponding energetic properties and explains how each food affects us at the deepest spiritual level. By demonstrating how to plan meals that incorporate both dominant and compliant foods, he shows how to provide truly healthy cuisine that nourishes the body and the soul.
Food Energetics is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand, and absolutely essential explanation of the spiritual dimensions of food. If you believe in the concept of living things having a soul, this book describes the soul qualities in all of our foods. Here is the ultimate explanation of the term soul food.”
Russell Mariani, author of Healing Digestive Illness

“Nobody understands the power, magic, and impact of food better than Steve Gagné. Prepare to read, eat, and be transformed!”
John David Mann, coauthor of The Go-Giver:A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

“This book is exceptional in the field of diet today. Steve Gagné’s deep, informed perspective helps elucidate the thoughts of Michael Pollan and gives us access to a simple, user-friendly way of understanding food.”
Joshua Rosenthal, author of Integrative Nutrition

“One of the most important insights for anyone who has personally experienced the diet/disease, diet/symptom connection is the awareness of inevitable food diet dogma--meaning, the initial tendency for any student of natural health to create fairly hardedged principles around what is Right Food and Wrong Food and believe them as incontrovertibly true for the rest of their life and for all of humanity. Generally at that moment, a student of natural health will join one of the groups that best fit those beliefs, be it the All Raw group, or Vegetarianism, or Macrobiotic/Vegan/ Natural Hygiene/Paleolithic or any other of the well-known food philosophies. Gagné gently helps dislodge this dogma and gets us to see a wider view of what food is, what it isn’t, and how it has been used by healthy cultures throughout the world to heal and stay healthy. Whether you are just waking up to the realization that most of your symptoms are diet related or are an old salt in the study of the food and health connection, Food Energetics is simply a must-have book.”
Scott Ohlgren, author of The 28-Day Cleansing Program