Nutrition is not about counting calories or restring & limiting food intake, instead it’s more about nourishing our bodies and feeding ourselves the correct fuel so that we have optimum energy, health and vitality. In yoga, we say it is to increase our lifeforce. This comes by eating a balanced diet containing foods high in lifeforce or foods of good quality, really fresh, containing high amounts of nutrients and closer to nature, more natural & wholesome. A diet which delivers optimal amounts of nutrients, is a diet which creates health & vitality, supplying your system with ample energy, physical strength, strong digestion, effortless elimination and clear mental focus. Our diet also determines our biological age as opposed to our chronological age, for example the rate at which our body heals, skin elasticity etc, we all probably know a 70 year old that doesn’t look their age and has plenty of energy and a 30 year old that looks 10 years older, is always complaining about ailments and has no energy…
Research has shown that eating whole foods bring the body into a natural state of balance and allows more energy to be released, while eating junk food leads to the possibility of being overfed but undernourished.
An example of this is an experiment that was done on rats, generally speaking they will fairly much eat anything. So there were two different groups of rats on diets that contained the same amount of calories but one group were on a “whole food” diet & the other were on a more mixed diet, i.e. tea & sandwiches. Over a period of time they found that the rats on the “whole food” diet had beautiful glossy, sleek coats & were in good condition. Whereas the other group got flabby and overweight & didn’t look very nice. Another thing they found was that they were quiet aggressive.
As we can see, the food we eat plays a very important role in how we feel & look. As the saying goes, “we are what we eat”! This is true down to every cell in our body, protein makes up our muscles, hair & skin. A little analogy that I like to refer to is “God’s Pharmacy”, which gives the examples of how a sliced carrot looks like a human eye and it greatly enhances blood flow to the eyes, a tomato has 4 chambers like a heart and is loaded with lycopine, that is pure heart & blood food, beans are kidney shaped and they help heal and maintain kidney function.
So, for truely healthy food digestion there must be a surplus of anti-oxidants, which constantly neutralise the damaging effects of free radicles, plenty of fiber and food enzymes and a rich supply of living vibrant energy in the food itself. Raw foods are high in life force and enzymes and have a cleansing effect on the bloodstream. They also have a positive affect on our mental health.
- Introducing more raw fruit & vegetables,
- Buying organic when possible, as less chemicles would have been used like pecticides etc,
- Buying local Irish produce when possible as these would be fresher,
- Also keeping our meals simple.
Take a look at your shopping and make sure you know exactly what is in your food. Some products I look at, I cant even read the ingredients, so if I dont understand what is in it, its likely that its not good for me. We have all seen recently, some frozen produts that even contained ingredients that weren’t listed…who would have thought that horse meat would be in your beef burger…Personally, I feel things have gotten to complicated with our food, too many additives and chemicles to make it last longer on the shelves. Too many fast food restaurants & junk food with numerous E numbers. We dont even know yet the full extent of the damage these foods are doing to us. As we have seen already a huge rise in obesity and diabetis in adults & children, so who knows what else will crop up.
The easiest thing we call all do is to increase your intake of raw foods and cut down on processed foods. This will make a big difference almost immediatly to our energy levels, our skin and our mood… Give it a go!