Anthroposophic nutrition

The anthroposophic nutrition philosophy stands for fresh and high-quality food from organic farming. It is a predominantly vegetarian diet that, however, advocates milk and eggs. Even if you can not make friends with the philosophical background - this diet is always healthy.

If Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) - a scientist of natural sciences and humanities and founder of anthroposophy - lived today, he would almost certainly be an opponent of the use of genetic engineering in agriculture. In any case, during his time he strictly rejected growth promoters in the animal mast, pesticides in the field or chemical weed killer in the garden. On the other hand, it was important for him to have a lifestyle that brings body and soul into harmony with nature and the cosmos - the right nutrition is only one, albeit very important, aspect.

In addition, Anthroposophy deals as a comprehensive philosophical teaching with issues of politics, religion, medicine, education and also stands for a special natural medicine, in which the classical homeopathy and traditional herbal medicine are newly combined.


With his view, Steiner has laid the foundation for a consciously ecological agriculture. Maintaining an anthroposophic diet is first and foremost an ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet that closely resembles the whole-food diet. At the heart of traditional staple foods are the seven cereals (rice, millet, barley, rye, corn, oats and wheat) and their full grain products. Milk and milk products are recommended because, according to Steiner, they produce "a balance between a materialistic and a spiritualized attitude of consciousness".

Controversial is whether potatoes and other nightshade plants, peppers or eggplant, for the mental development are unfavorable. White flour should be avoided in favor of whole wheat flour. Even fruits and vegetables are consumed abundantly. Depending on the variety, the three subregions of a plant - root, leaf and stem or flower - can influence certain body regions positively. So it is said that leafy lettuce and cabbage varieties strengthen the heart and lungs, root vegetables are considered nerve and head food, fruits and seeds stimulate the metabolism. According to anthroposophists, it is recommended to eat daily from foods from all three areas in order to achieve a harmonious balance.

It is important to the anthroposophists that the food is as fresh as possible and comes from biodynamic farming, because they have so particularly vital powers. Of great importance is the silica (silicates). The pebble is considered as a formative, which becomes effective in all life. Disorders of the pebble organism are manifested in poor posture, brittle nails, dull hair and various disorders of the internal organs. The best dietary therapy for pebble disorders is the frequent consumption of cereal products that contain a high proportion of silicates.

Best vegetarian

Despite all the recommendations: an important principle of this diet is the free decision of the people - there are no prohibited, or especially allowed food. Therefore, at the beginning of the 20th century anthroposophists did not make any strict rules regarding the consumption of meat. However, it does not necessarily belong to the "anthroposophical plate" because it "ties in the psychic-spiritual too much in the earthly-material relations" and "stops the spiritually aspiring man in the development".

According to Steiner, meat is fed with something that is converted in the body into foreign substances that have negative and uncontrollable effects on the body. Steiner's remarks on meat-feeding to cattle are extremely far-sighted and informative naturally only live on vegetable diet, can not be fed with animal protein without serious consequences. He said, mutatis mutandis, that the animal is only capable of producing meat from plant food. If it were to get animal protein, essential forces of metabolism would break, transforming the biological plant substance into animal substance.

These unused energies eventually stray and eventually accumulate unimaginably in the organism. Instead of meat being made from meat again, there is an overhang of harmful energies leading to the creation of entire herds of crazy animals. Steiner should be right - in 1986, the first BSE case in Britain occurred.

Impetus for the Demeter movement

In 1924 Rudolf Steiner held an agricultural course. In the lectures he campaigned for an agriculture that dispenses with mineral fertilizers and chemical poisons and nourishes the soil with plant and animal compost. These ideas provided the impetus for the founding of the Demeter Confederation (1927), the oldest ecological economy under the name of the Greek fertility goddess.

The farm is considered a living organism, which is promoted by a variety of crop rotation, adapted plant selection, harmonious organic fertilization and animal welfare with farm-own feeding. The effect of earthly and cosmic forces on all life processes are included. Mandatory is the application of biodynamic preparations, eg. B. from medicinal plants. Anthroposophists prefer fresh and as natural as possible, but not only raw food. Microwaves and the irradiation of foods for preservation are harmful to health in their view.

Conclusion: Even if you know nothing about the philosophy of anthroposophy - the recommended diet is very healthy. The diet is balanced and varied, contains lots of fiber, minerals and vitamins, but little unhealthy / animal fats. Even on the pleasure of giving alcohol is rather dispensed with.

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