A Vibrant Relationship with Food
Begin with the whole in mind. Stephen Covey in his book The Seven Steps of Highly Effective People shares in step two, to begin with the end in mind. What about to begin “with the whole in mind,” with whole food. Let us start here. Whole food delivers us a whole mind and whole body. A whole heart. Eat whole fresh, plant based food as often as possible to live a vibrant life.
In the fast paced digital world we live we have forgotten the importance of eating whole food; in our rush to work, to play and to survive. In the west today there is an increasing number of people diagnosed with anxiety, diabetes, obesity and depression. We wonder why? For the most part, though not all, people eat junk and processed food. Food has been relegated to a diet, a measurement, a weight loss, to prevent disease, or merely, we eat to survive. Many of our young cannot identify a cauliflower from a broccoli. They recognize a fry though may not know it is a potato. Barbara Brennan, an important healer of the 20th century shares when disease is present, we have forgotten who we are. There is a need to educate and re-educate our young people of the importance to eat whole fresh food as often as possible.
Abha Desawar in her recent TED Talk speaks of the digital now as the new time frame that controls us. She believes the digital time exists in the future, five minutes, ten or more. We are all now, so busy keeping up with the new “digital time” we have forgotten our narrative time, our real time that reconnects us with the present moment over and over again.
It is in these moments where the real time exists, where whole, fresh plant based food is key to optimal health and well being. Whole food nourishes, sustains and keeps us grounded in the here and now to live the life we love and to share our gifts.
Deborah Kesten in her book The Healing Secrets of Food offers practical and spiritual tools to remember how to nourish our body, mind and soul.
Eat whole fresh plant based food as much as possible within the five food groups, – whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and few nuts and seeds. Eat balanced meals with attention to proper food combining and temperature. Cooked and spicy foods and condiments creates heat in the body while raw and cold foods and drinks cools you down.
What is it that you need for optimal health and well being.
Throughout history man has consumed animal protein. Eat smaller portions of animal and only of those animals whose lives have been treated with respect and taken humanely. Our body, mind and spirit benefit with our sacred animals ability to deeply nourish and sustain us here in the Northern Hemisphere. Eat less and eat lean as a compliment to our whole fresh plant based diet.
Be sure to eat some raw or organic fermented dairy or fermented foods daily to maintain a healthy gut flora to prevent and protect us from disease. Include daily important good fats, and the essential fatty acids, (EFAs) the key building blocks for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Among Deborah’s spiritual guidelines socially, people throughout time have gathered in community to eat, to be nourished and sustained, and to celebrate and to honor mother earth in ritual and ceremony. Studies show families, who continue to eat together, thrive together and live longer & happier lives. Eat with your family. Instill weekly gatherings to eat and celebrate in community. Consider serving your pet s before you sit.
With awareness, with feeling as we eat, we begin to notice what foods and menus provide “a good feeling” and those that leave us “feeling empty.” Pay attention to the foods we eat and notice what whole, fresh foods nourish us best.
A simple blessing on the meal with appreciation, or with an OM as is the yogic path, connects us with our families and communities and sets the tone for our body’s to relax and digest well.
The more mindfulness we bring to the table the greater we access our innate ability to produce the enzymes we need to digest and absorb the important vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and proteins our body’s need to thrive.
A connection with the food we eat and with an awareness for all those who have grown, transported and placed our food on the table invites optimal nourishment. This connection helps us to stay present in the moment and in the simple joy of eating good food. Those who prepare food with love and with a social, peaceful, mindful, and connected intention offers and greatly enhances our ability to nourish and be nourished.
A social, aware, appreciative, mindful and connected heart and mind empowers food to open its treasures to us, to open our hearts and minds to the silent goodness in our food. metta, dharani