My name is Marii. A traveler in the spirit, an “empath” in the heart. A thinker, a dreamer, a visionary. The common theme in everything I have so far done in life is – connections. Connections with people, connections between what was & what is, connections between the cause & the cure. Interested in psychology & human behavior among other things, I truly enjoy going “back” to find a solution, the answer to the “why’s?” and “how’s?”.
Sometimes getting to the answer is simple, sometimes it is painful – but it is always worthwhile.
My first and foremost attention in the past years has been drawn to our food systems. It is back in 2007, while living in South of France that I became interested in nutrition. And the rest followed.
I started making connections between how we see food (the emotional aspect of food), what we eat (the nutritional, societal and environmental aspects of food) & our overall quality of life. As we all know, French are known for their “joie-de-vivre” the enjoyment of life (while living a long & healthy life).
In the recent years I have started asking more & more questions about sustainability, exploring the possibilities of living a more low-impact life, starting with our current food environment.
Observing what food has become and what food used to be – I have made changes in my own life, simplifying my view of food yet taking a lot more pleasure out of it. There is no need to be “afraid of food” if what you eat is nourishing you. I have been slowly trying to opt out from the mainstream food system (like a growing number of people) & have been looking for other ways.
Why other ways? The current system is simply not a transparent one, it does not have integrity and most of all – it is not healthy nor sustainable.
What does not sustainable mean? Well, in very simple terms it means “something that is not going to survive”. The current system is not going to survive. It is crucially important we start building a new one until it becomes strong enough, and until the old one becomes obsolete.
Our society – our food system
“If you don’t have a moral question governing your society, then you don’t have a society that is going to survive.” Oren Lyons
Our unsustainable food system is the direct outcome of our distorted view of how the world works.
This erroneous view says that we can have infinite growth on a finite planet. It is not only our food system that needs rethinking – our society in general, and ourselves – are in need of healing.
It is easy to feel powerless as many of the big issues of our time seem completely out of our control.
But they are really not. We, the consumers in a capitalist economy have an immense power in our hands, as we are the ones voting with our dollar every single day. The things we buy and also the things we don’t buy (yes, we need to simplify) send out powerful signals and can have a tremendous affect.
My aim with Back Yet Forward is, besides simply aiming to educate people to become more involved and interested in our food – is to encourage people WITH a moral question to become actively involved in whichever way is in our capacities.
I have decided to start with something that I feel I can do : teaching people the very basics of what is real food and what is their counterpart, food-like products (or highly processed foods). Sharing my ideas with the world, connecting with others and creating a more beautiful & conscious world.
I am not a nutritionist, nor a doctor. I am sharing my own experience, guiding you on your own journey. I may not have all the answers for you, but the road to these answers starts with asking questions.
The website and the consultations offered are for informational purposes only and they are not intended to be used as substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
If you need a specialist, try to find a holistic one if possible. A specialist who takes time to see the whole & to go to the root of the problem, instead of treating a symptom.
Someone who truly listens, someone who truly cares.
Otherwise – get in touch and let me show you how YOU can be “the change you wish to see in the world”.