The Food of Awakening
How does nutrition effect the body and the spirit?
Many times we sit to meditate, or practice yoga, or we simply want to drop in and be present, and the mind is just too busy. We may come up with all kinds of metaphysical reasons why this is so: is it old impressions in the mind burning through, or am I picking up on the collective shift? Is it my karma or my dogma or just the echo of my mama?
Well, what if that distracted mind and foggy view has a less esoteric explanation, like the burger you ate too late last night?
Rachael Richardson is a licensed Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian since 2002. I will be talking with her this Thursday on a live teleseminar.
Here are some topics she addressed, to prepare us for the call:
“We could look at the cleanliness and the origin of foods, and the energy which they carry and move into the body. Our bodies become everything that we observe, touch, interact with, think, and eat, of course. So there’s all that energy that comes into us. We can look at choosing foods that are consciously prepared, developed, grown, etc.
There’s also the aspect of how we think about our food as we choose it. When you choose food, even food that you know is not that great for you, you can picture it going through the intestines, and ask, “how does my intestinal track like this right now? ”
We can start with choosing clean foods that are as free of chemicals as possible. Having your own garden, choosing animal foods from farms where you know they are well-treated and well-fed, ordering from local farms, and choosing organic or whole foods from the grocery store, are ways to avoid lots of manufacturing and processing. If you are choosing processed foods like cereal or bread, make sure that they don’t have a bunch of extra chemicals that the body doesn’t recognize. If you can, choose foods without nitrates, artificial colors, msg, or hydrogenated fats, which are chemically processed and actually interfere with the cell membrane, which is where everything passed in and out of the cell.
Really tune into what your body needs day by day instead of deciding on a specific diet to follow all your life. Just because something works for you for a couple months at a time (let’s say, veganism) it doesn’t mean that it is the best or only thing that will ever work for you. Our bodies are always changing, and part of our diet is a self-expression of how we’re changing what we need every day.
Take an active part in food preparation. We can impart different emotions into our food, which then can be amplified though the cooking process, and then back into our bodies. For example, if you want to manifest love and nurturing, and let’s say that your immune system is down or you feel undernourished by the world for whatever reason, you can nourish your own self by preparing your food with that intention.
Eating socially is a way to share positive energy with people that you love. Potlucks are a great way to do this.
Minerals are a key to life, and most people are deficient, so a multi-mineral would be a great thing to integrate.
Another thing that is really important is Omega 3 fatty acids. Those are integral in the cell membrane, which are the parts of the cells that intake the cells nutrients and toxins. It’s the communicator.
Probiotics can be so helpful, because of cell communication. Our intestines synthesize a large percentage of our neurotransmitters, which are of course our chemical communicators. Our neurotransmitters are produced in our gut and then shipped out to the brain to act as our our communication messengers. So, having good bacterial health in our intestines is huge. An overdose of bacteria or other microbes can impair energy, toxins, etc, that don’t belong in our body. They’ll starting to kill things that are in our blood and intestines, and can encourage parasites. It’s good to be aware if you have other microbes in your body. If you’re not sure, there’s a possibility that taking something benign, like a supplement called Alicin (which is basically garlic and other naturally ingredients) could protect your from microbes.”
Please join me in dialog with Rachael this Thursday, August 19th at 6pm PST. If you miss the live call, you can use the same link for the replay.