Sometimes It’s How You Eat Not What You Eat
Food is delicious. I love to eat good food and really enjoy the distinct flavors, textures, tastes, and temperatures in a meal. Like food, the body comes from the earth and is eventually transformed by and back into the earth. In all modalities of healing, from East to West, how you nourish yourself is believed to be fundamental to your healing. You can receive the best health care in the world, but if your diet is filled with toxins that create free radical stress, any treatment is, at best, only temporarily life sustaining.
One of the primary keys to longevity and quality of life is nourishment; not only in the foods you choose, but in the intention behind how you prepare food and how you eat it. Even if you indulge in a hamburger and fries, if they are prepared with love, and if you enjoy each bite with gratitude to the earth that provides you with nutrients to fuel your body, you will digest the meal well.
Just as you are dependent on the earth for everything in the physical world, so are you dependent on the spleen and stomach to digest and assimilate nutrients in order to provide structure and context to live. The spleen and stomach represent the earth element within the body. What makes this organ system unique is that, unlike the lungs that operate involuntarily and without awareness, the spleen and stomach require a degree of consciousness to function. It’s an act of volition you contribute to every time you take in food. The quality of your consciousness profoundly impacts your state of health with regard to how, what, and where you eat. Therefore, in order to really heal, you have to come into a balanced relationship with food. How you nourish yourself with food is reflective of your mood and relationship to yourself. How you eat is just as–if not more–important than what you eat.
Emotional eating, binge eating, orthorexia–the obession with clean eating–are several examples of imbalanced expressions around self-nourishment. Self-love and self-nourishment go hand and hand. How and what you eat reflect this relationship. You practice self-love with the thoughts you think and the words you create, all fueled by the foods you eat.
Answer these questions with regards to nourishment found in my book, Born to Heal:
- Do I love myself?
- Do I respect myself?
- How do I show myself love?
- How do I show my body love?
I have a plethora of tools to help you nurture your relationship to food and yourself. From cleanses and smoothies to coaching and Core Level Awakening, I am here.
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