Archetype of a Balanced Meal

The threefold structure of a plant with all its parts in balanced proportions can be used as an archetype for creating the new ‘being of the meal’. Such plants don't exist in nature, because we are taking parts of various plants and combining them in an unique fashion. These new creations can be either very one-sided and unbalanced, or they can be balanced in such a way to become harmonious dishes that support us in all possible ways in our striving for well-being.

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This archetype helps us to combine various dishes together into a balanced meal. This is not the only possibility, but this approach has an advantage that one doesn't need a calculator with the aim to see if the meal consists of all necessary amounts of nutrients. What one needs is to become familiar with the basic groups of foods of plant origin with the aim to become capable to combine them in a harmonious manner. We need this because we take the plant as a model to create a new ‘plant’ – we could even say to create a new ‘being of the meal’. With this model we can see if this new ‘plant’ has all the necessary parts or if something is missing. [1]

The Composition of a Meal

You can see in the main picture the threefold division in the overall meal structure:

Grain dish as the base of the meal. The reason why whole grains are taken as the base of the meal is – as you can see in the ARCHETYPE OF A GRAIN – the fact that they are the most balanced food in their inner structure. This characteristic enabled them to become the staple food of humanity. You can choose whichever grain you like, although it is better if you use a variety of grains to avoid one-sidedness. If you wish you can eat them according to the WEEKLY RHYTHM OF SEVEN GRAIN.

Vegetable dish(es) as the complementary part to the grain dish. As a part of a balanced meal we can prepare:

With the aim to create balanced dishes we use the PRINCIPLE OF THREEFOLD PLANT as the main help and guidance.

Dessert at the top is made from fruits and nuts (as the key ingredients) growing mainly on the trees and bushes, such as apples, pears, blackberries, hazelnuts, and so on. The dessert can be seen as a 'fruit of a meal' which satisfy our need for sweetness . [2] For this purpose we need to use fresh or naturally preserved fruits (including natural sweeteners), and other wholesome ingredients presented in HOLISTIC FOOD 'PYRAMID'.

For help on how to create a balanced meal see EXAMPLES OF BALANCED MEALS

Use of Other Food Groups

The three surrounding layers in the picture represent the following foods which can be used in the preparation of any dish: [3]

These foods add flavour and enrich taste and for that reason they are an integral part of a balanced meal.

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  1. The archetype of the balanced meal will work only if we use good quality naturally grown grains, vegetables, fruit, and/or products made from them. This is evident from the mineralising effect of artificial fertilisers explained in ORGANIC vs CONVENTIONAL FOOD that has contributed in great measure to the fact that many people today are no longer capable of consuming grains.
  2. The need for sweetness is referring to our need to taste sweetness as a part of eating experiences. There is more than enough evidence that we have very strong need for sweetness which can very quickly turn into cravings for and over-consumption of sugar. The underlying reason for this strong need is evident from the content of GOOD vs BAD SWEETENERS.
  3. If you wonder where in this archetype is the place for meat, you need to look at the protein-rich group in Pulses–Eggs–Meat, where you can find gradual transition from legumes to tofu, cheese, eggs, fish, white meat (chicken, etc), and red meat. From this you can see that meat needs to replace any other protein-rich food from this group if we want to have a balanced meal – of course, in a suitable amount!