Do we know what’s in our food? Do we care what’s in our food? Is what we eat contributing to our sense of well being? Are our energetic needs being met, & do we feel satisfaction with the state of health of our bodies? Do we enjoy nourishing ourselves in a non-addictive, healthy balanced way? Do we have dis-eases that are the result of eating “dead” food, polluted food, contaminated water, or eating in non-serving ways?
I believe we are what we eat; and I want to share the things I did when I awakened into conscious eating getting started on my spiritual nutrition journey.
1.) I realized it was going to take a commitment to an overall “shift” in lifestyle to attain the goals, feelings, body, and state of health I desired. Nothing “quick fix oriented” was going to work even though my western mind hoped that would be the case. I had to be willing to do the work to change my whole way of eating and living to produce lasting change, satisfaction, & the kind of vibrancy I was seeking.
2.) Get rid of the microwave. The microwave is extremely dangerous for your health, and causes all kinds of cancers. When you eat food that has been heated in a microwave, you are eating “dead” food. The microwaves kill anything living, all the enzymes, every beneficial nutrient in your food. No exceptions. Say goodbye to all frozen TV dinner style meals- they will do nothing except rob you of your health & vitality no matter what Jenny Craig says or Lean Cuisine says.
3.) Open your fridge & take stock. Any labels that have more than a handful of ingredients or anything you need a degree to understand, is probably devastating to your health. Look for things like colors and numbers together (food dyes),
4.) Beware of artificial sweetners- they are hazardous to your health. High fructose corn syrup destroy’s health. They keep trying to rename the stuff so that we will buy an old dog dressed up in a new suit. Also try and eliminate white (bleached) sugar. Please do your own research. Do not simply take my word for it. There
is plenty of material out there that explores the consequences and reasons why artificial sweetners such as aspartame and splenda are not health foods. Yes, that means diet soda pop & all sorts of different processed foods. You can replace the above with raw honey, raw agave syrup, maple syrup, or stevia. These are more natural alternatives which won’t destroy your health in reasonable quantities. All your baked goods can be made substituting these items for the other stuff, & they are great in everything; even smoothies!
5.) Open your pantry and take stock. All those boxes of processed foods: cereal, cakes, cookies, donuts, sweets, snacks, pretzels, are almost all laden with preservatives, additives, GMO’s, (genetically modified ingredients), high fructose corn syrup, dyes, MSG, & harmful chemicals making them “dead food” in that they don’t contribute to your health in any way. There are zero nutrients in them. Sugar, salt, & fat along with above said toxins send your body into the “craving” state trying to adjust to the fact they are foreign to the body’s natural state of perfection. This addicts you to these foods with your brain thinking you need more and more. Search and eliminate!!!
6.) Withdraw your support from fast food chains. All of this food, is “dead” food. There is nothing in it that will nourish you into a state of health whatsoever. Your body goes into a state of shock every time you eat this stuff. You are eating the “thought forms” of who packages, cooks, and handles your food. This may lead to many disturbances in your mind and emotions. The food has no love in it, as it is produced only with $$ (profit) in mind. So it is with all restaurants. So, try cutting down on all eating out. Eat at home either preparing the food yourself, or eat what is prepared by someone with love who loves YOU.
6.) Understand that you will experience a “detox” if you are used to eating in non serving ways. Your body, in it’s infinate wisdom will work to heal, cleanse, and respond by going to work rapidly ridding your body of all it’s toxins as you begin to make changes. In just three days, your body can do an incredible amount of healing and regeneration on the cellular level. Your digestive system might experience issues. You may have energy fluctuations, headaches, diarrhea, colds/flu like symptoms, strange tastes like metals in your mouth, etc. Do not be frightened by this. It is simply your body “detoxing” and will pass! Cravings shall pass. This too shall pass……
7.) Go organic!!! GO ORGANIC!!! GO ORGANIC!! Even more ideal is local & organic. As often as possible, replace conventional fruits & vegetables with organics and look for local
8.) If you are a meat eater, consider consuming less meat. Consider eliminating meat from your diet, even if it’s a certain number of meals/ per week. Meat includes beef, poultry, wild game, pork, fish, &
seafood. It is toxic, regardless of the source- land or sea. One of the biggest issues with meat is the effects of the growth hormones and antibiotics being given to all the factory farmed animals. This is extremely concerning and has vast consequences on our health and our children’s health. Watch Food Inc. & it may change your perspective. I could devote several posts just to this one issue which would solve so many of our worlds problems, but I’ll keep moving on……
9.) Drink plenty of purified, filtered, or natural spring water (half your weight in oz/ per day, or at least 6-8 glasses). So many of us are drinking contaminated water and don’t even realize it. This is actually a HUGE step on the journey to Conscious Nutrition and will do things for your health you never imagined possible. Read my post about the Roxtract filtration system and how this living water changed my life!
WHAT ABOUT THE COST? I hear this obstacle often, how expensive the healthy and organic food is, and you know what -you are right. It’s complete lunacy that we should be paying more to purchase and eat food that has NOT been adulterated, sprayed with expensive food killing chemicals, added to, or processed. However my inner being encourages me to recognize that I can either pay more for my food now, or pay later in the form of illness, dis-ease and medical treatment….. One of my goals is assuring my own highest level of health. The solution to this one begins with US and our POWER TO CHOOSE what we give our energy and support to. If we endeavor to make changes, the ones attempting to control the landscape of food will have no choice but to change to meet the demands of their customers. We have to stand up and demand our foods be labeled. We have to care enough to start reading, questioning the labels, & not buying the “dead food”. We have to come out of our sleeping food coma’s and recognize the level to which we have been duped & then take positive action around it. We have to ask for NO genetically modified foods & to insist they be labeled. We have to stop feeding the factory farming industry of our precious animals.
It starts with each one of us getting in touch with ourselves! I believe in you and I KNOW you can do it!!! Your body, mind, & Spirit will thank you and reward you for it too!