you are what you eat
Unorthodox Idea #7
Realize You Are What You Eat.
This idea is not unorthodox at all. It goes without saying, right? Still, when you are on the miracle mile towards self-healing, it is important to remind yourself that each and every morsel you put in your mouth is an opportunity to make a contribution towards health.
Food choices are some of the easiest places to look and make changes — even small ones — towards what we want for our bodies and ourselves. The logic is right there in choice, if you think about it — what you put into your body is what you’ll get out of it. For example, do we want our bodies to look and behave like a bag of Cheetos or like organic tomatoes? In other words, do we want our systems to be made up of processing dyes, empty calories, and chemical preservatives… or do we want them to be natural, alive, and full of energy?
There is a movie that came out a few years ago called Our Daily Bread that shows — with striking and objective imagery like the photo above — where, exactly, our food comes from. There is one particular scene that stays with me. We see a middle-aged man arrive at work and go directly to the locker room to dress for the day’s duties. At this point, we don’t know what those duties are. We watch him methodically don a kind of hasmat suit, complete with a face mask, gloves, and special footwear. He is totally sealed in; not an inch of his body exposed. Seeing the extent to which he is protecting himself, we might assume this man was about to clean up a toxic spill, perform live surgery on a poisonous snake, or enter a burning building. But no, we quickly learn he is merely treating our food. We see him enter a large greenhouse, and with a spraying hose, distribute chemicals on a huge crop of growing peppers. This man’s head-to-toe protection suit keeps him a distance away from the hazardous chemicals he is spraying on our food. In the very next scene, he sits down to eat his lunch.
As I said yesterday in regards to how we speak to the delicate healing systems at work inside us, we can’t engage in warfare — at any level of consumption — and expect to balance our own systems. Peace just isn’t achieved through violence — we know that — so let’s stop supporting food sources and systems that promote it.
A few years after I was diagnosed with Lupus, and I was still juggling medication dosages and different advice from different doctors I had a realization: I am the ONLY person who can truly take care of this body. The same is true for you. If self-healing is your goal, start investing in yourself by choosing life-giving sources of daily sustenance.
Here are a few places to begin:
1. Get the facts. Put Our Daily Bread or the movie Food, Inc on your Netflix queue and learn about where your food comes from.
2. See that what’s best for the planet is also best for us. Get some education and a great story with one of these enjoyable reads: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, The 100 Mile Diet, or Omnivore’s Dilemma
3. Take ownership. Shop at your local farmer’s market and/or join a CSA for the freshest, organic ingredients.
4. Stop drinking out of plastic bottles! Buy a water filter and save money while you are saving your own life.
5. Cut out the unnecessary drugs. All the chemical preservatives in processed and frozen foods go directly into our bloodstream. When we are already taking prescription medications, that can add up to a large amount of chemicals having their way with our internal systems. Trim the fat — start cooking your own simple meals. That way you can be in charge of using fresh natural ingredients, and start filling your body with live, active nutrients it needs to bolster it’s own healing. Cooking can be easy and simple. If you are new at it, start with Mark Bittman’s fabulous How to Cook Everything. Take it from me, that book can turn just about anyone into a family chef.
6. Start to see your health as a life-long journey. When you spend a little extra money and effort to procure organic meats, dairy, and produce from small farms you’ll get it all back and then some in so many other ways. A few extra dollars is a small price to pay for a healthier body; cleaner, safer water sources; a more beautiful and functional environment to live in; and a sense that you are contributing to a small-business fair economy, among many other benefits.
7. Put love in your food. Before you eat anything, remember you are feeding the miracle-making temple that is your body. Take a moment to acknowledge the true meaning of nourishment when you are cooking and preparing meals, and another moment just before you eat to let your body know you are taking care of her. Go ahead and envision your daily intake working wonders on you. It is.
I’ll see you tomorrow for Unorthodox Idea #8