The concept of Fundamental Meal emerged from a desire to understand the purpose of why we eat.

At its base, food and the process of eating involves the ingestion of molecules that feed into the chemical reactions that underlay the energetic metabolism of our cells. These reactions foundationally support critical processes from gene expression to creating the energy that allows us to move and think.

We are not unique in this. All living systems variously engage in the fundamental task of harvesting energy from outside ourselves1. However, while we as human beings possess many higher-order processes that other living systems may not - complex emotions, cognition, decision-making - “even these relatively high-level mental processes have their origins in what is every organism’s ultimate concern; namely, the efficient regulation of energy to support life”2. In other words, our affective experience and even the way that we perceive the world around us3 is fundamentally linked with and affected by the physiological state of our bodies4.

From this perspective, then, the food that we choose to eat, as it constitutes the very material that becomes integrated into our energetic systems, possesses immense power to help or hinder us as we go about our lives.

Fundamental Meal was born from a desire to understand and intervene positively in these processes.

Crafted from ingredients that are both accessible and effectual, Fundamental Meal is designed to be enjoyable experientially, but most importantly, positively impactful at the level of the physical and the cognitive.

 

References

1. Mattson, M. P. (2002). Brain evolution and lifespan regulation: conservation of signal transduction pathways that regulate energy metabolism. Mechanisms of ageing and development123(8), 947-953.

2. Quigley, K. S., Kanoski, S., Grill, W. M., Barrett, L. F., & Tsakiris, M. (2021). Functions of interoception: from energy regulation to experience of the self. Trends in neurosciences44(1), 29-38.

3. Schnall, S., Zadra, J. R., & Proffitt, D. R. (2010). Direct evidence for the economy of action: Glucose and the perception of geographical slant. Perception39(4), 464-482.

4. Craig, A. D. (2002). How do you feel? Interoception: the sense of the physiological condition of the body. Nature reviews neuroscience3(8), 655-666.