Food & Cooking — 13 March 1998
Child’s Food for Life – A Look at Diet in Relation to Waldorf Education

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer’s asked Rudolf Steiner why people today appear unable to develop and act according to all they learn and seem to know. Steiner replied: “This is a problem of nutrition.”

In Waldorf schools worldwide, there is a conscious effort to keep school snacks and meals as natural as possible. Most schools have a garden and encourage the growing of vegetable and the grinding of grain. Salads, fruits, nuts and simple soups are the staple of most schools. Rudolf Steiner gave many indications regarding the plant and animal kingdoms and proper nutrition for adults and children…

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“One thing must be thoroughly and fully recognized for this age in a child’s life: the physical body creates its own scale of measurement for what is beneficial to it. It does this by properly developing craving and desire. Generally speaking, we may say that the healthy physical body desires what is good for it. In the growing human being, so long that it is the physical body that is important, we should pay the closest attention to what healthy, craving desire and delight require. Pleasure and delight are the forces that most properly enliven and call forth the organs’ physical forms.

In this manner it is all too easy to do harm by failing to bring children into the proper physical relationship with their environment. This may happen especially in regard to their instincts for food. Children may be overfed with things that make them lose completely their healthy instinct for food, whereas by giving them the proper nourishment, the instinct can be preserved so that they always want what is wholesome for them under the circumstances.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Please DO eat the flowers:
Do you know that many types of flowers are not only edible but delicious too!


Plant a garden with any of the following and then have a tasty & healthy salad:

  • Arugula
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Day Lily
  • Garlic Blossoms
  • Geranium
  • Hibiscus
  • Honeysuckle
  • Impatients
  • Lavender
  • Nasturtium
  • Pansy
  • Rose
  • Red Clover
  • Scotch Broom
  • Squash Blossoms
  • Tiger Lily
  • Violets

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The human etheric body is related to the whole of nature, therefore it is affected differently by different types of food. As the body processes food, it has to overcome the residue of foreign life in the food and that is what actually strengthens the organism. The greater the care we take choosing our food, the more the qualities associated with the etheric forces are preserved. ~Michaela Glocker

Consider This:

“A wise man, who still knew the secrets of the origin of the world, related; “From a giant arose Heaven and Earth – from his bones the rocks and stones; from his blood the rivers, seas and brooks; from his flesh the crumbly soil; from his hair the grass; the clouds from his thoughts; the wind from his breath. But from the heart of the giant arose the sun. Even today the giant body of Earth is sustained by the Sun as by a warmth-giving and loving heart.

After man came upon the earth, the plants were transformed. God willed that men should see as in a mirror a picture of themselves – the perfect as well as the imperfect – in he plants, which serve them also for nourishment and healing. For this reason the plants have become so many and so different.” ~ The Living World of Plants by Dr. Gerbert Grohmann

Rudolf Steiner Said:

Raw foods contain the sunlight energies that are stored in their tissues through the process of photosynthesis. He believed that the spiritual progress of humanity as a whole would be enhanced by a progressive increase in a vegetarian eating pattern. Conversely, he felt that a meat/flesh eating diet would exert a negative influence regarding an interest in spiritual life. According to Steiner, plants supply us with their store of the outer light of the sun, which stimulates our INNER light during the process of assimilation. The light released by the plant world helps to stimulate, form and maintain our nervous system. In this way, the taking in of plant food makes a cyclic connection of our inner light with the outer light of the solar system and plant world.

This is a common belief in the practice of Anthroposophical medicine. Steiner said “Nothing clouds the nervous system when nourishment comes from the plant realm. Humanity can more easily delve into the cosmic interrelationships which take place beyond the constricted limitation of the mundane personality.”

According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, “A strong solar resonance field promotes the evolution of humanity to reach our full potential as human ‘sun beings’. Light supports evolution, and a lack of photons in our bodies hinders it. Light and consciousness are interconnected. Rudolf Steiner taught that the release of the outer light into our systems stimulates the release of an equal amount of inner light within ourselves. The more we increase our ability to absorb and assimilate light, the more conscious we become. The more we transform ourselves by enhancing our absorption of light, the more we become that light.” Source: Conscious Eating

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Raw Foods in the 17th Century:

The following little snippet is from the famous late 17th century diary of Samuel Pepys… From Volume 7, written in 1666:

“… very pretty discourse of Dr. Charleton concerning Nature’s fashioning every creature’s teeth according to the food she intends them. And that man’s, it is plain, was not for flesh, but for fruit… the Doctor, I think, did well observe that creatures do naturally, and from the first, before they have had experience to try, do love such a food rather then another. And that all children love fruit, and none brought to flesh but against their wills at first.” [R. Latham and W. Matthews (eds.), The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Vol. 7 (London, 1971), pp. 223-224].

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  1. Just what I needed to bring a little sunshine after a intense day. Excellent prose that really gets the idea across. Thank you for sharing.

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