One thing that I have learned on my journey is that eating well is paramount and goes hand in hand with good physical activity and proper deep breathing.
With that said most of us in the "real" world are so rushed and constantly racing against the clock. Even those of us who try to live with conscious spiritual principles are often short on time and healthful eating takes the back burner.
Eating healthy is not just important for physical health it is also important for your esoteric processes and spiritual health. Foods high in vibration are important for allowing you to have the maximum amount of energy that your body can absorb.
When you eat healthy you are not only feeding your body but feeding your soul. The body is made of spiritual and material energy.
When preparing your food it is a wonderful idea to take time to say a blessing before commencing. Something as simple as saying, "I give thanks to all those who help make this meal possible".
This thanks goes out to the Sun that shines, Rain that falls, Air that is rich with vital oxygen, the Soil and all it's inhabitants that help the Soil to be as rich as possible and to the Seed that followed its protocol and turned into a nutrient rich vegetable or fruit that brings nourishment. The planters and the harvesters. The truck drivers. The clerk at the store.
You ever heard of the saying, "This food was cooked with Love."? Well that is what happens when you are thinking positive thoughts when you are preparing a meal for yourself and or your loved ones.
So there is your good intention and energy going into the food. This good energy is just as important as the food itself.
There are a million and ten dietary fads out there. High carbs, low carbs, high protein, low protein. And the list goes on.
From my experience, 20 years of cooking for my family, I believe that moderation is the key. I also believe that meals high in veggies and dark leaf greens and the proper types of fats and good sources of protein is what is important. Animal protein should be the smallest amount of protein on your plate. The other protein should come from plant sources. Lentils are a wonderful and amazing source of protein. And your fats can come from plant sources. Hemp, Avocado, Sesame and Organic sustainable Red Palm Oil are good sources of good fats.
Spices that are helpful as anti-inflammatory agents are awesome to use in every meal. Spices such as organic non-irradiated ginger, turmeric, curry and cayenne pepper. These spices are amazing and their anti-inflammatory properties can possibly help ease aches and pains in your body.
Your salt should be as natural as possible. Unrefined Sea Salt, Celtic Salt and Himalayan Salts are the best salts to use. And yes, your body does need a certain level of sodium, as well as accompanying trace minerals, to help maintain health brain function and firing of neurons. BUT it is healthy good salts.
Canned and processed foods DO NOT have healthy good salts.
Keep it simple is my motto, for the most part! Especially when it comes to healthy eating. Keep it simple takes the stress and strain out of proper eating.
There are two books that I would like to recommend to you on your culinary spiritual journey. Both of them written by an esteemed spiritual teacher and medical doctor.
Spiritual Nutrition: Six Foundations for Spiritual Life and the Awakening of KundaliniBoth books written by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. of http://treeoflifecenterus.com/
I have to note that while he strongly advocates a strictly raw/vegan diet I prefer to take the middle ground of moderation. This is my personal preference. At my optimal I find that a 80 to 90% vegetarian diet with about 70% raw being what works best for my body.
Everyone must find the middle ground that works for them. Never blindly follow anyone's advice always think and research thoroughly and remember that no amount of theory ever takes the place of practical action in practice. What I mean is take action, try it out and see what works best for you.
Last but not least I will share with you one of my quick and easy stomach pleasing and vibration raising soups. This soup can be eaten in the summer, fall, winter or spring. It is extremely easy to prepare. It is light and soothing.
I call it garden soup.
To make one serving:
Gather a hand full of fresh garden greens. I used curly kale and young collard green leaves. These are greens that I grew in my mini micro garden plot of about 3 feet wide by 8 feet long.
Wash the greens and roll them up length-wise. Slice the greens very thinly at most 1/4 inch thin to 1/2 inch. The thinner you slice them the better.
Bring two to two and half cups of water to a boil. Drop in the greens and a small serving or rice noodles. Put the lid on and turn the water off. Allow this to set for about five minutes. Add a half teaspoon of organic ginger and 1/2 teaspoon organic turmeric. Once the noodles are tender pour into your plate. Since the greens are young and tender and cut very thinly it will not take long for them to be reading to nosh down.
Once in your bowl (nice BIG bowl) Add a tablespoon of Organic sustainable yield Red Palm oil. In order to get the good benefits of turmeric/curcumin fat is need to absorb it. For protein and 1 to 3 tablespoons of Organic Raw shelled Hemp seeds (they are absolutely delish). A dash or two of Braggs amino acids for good taste and a touch of good sodium and sprinkle cayenne for good measure and metabolism help. Now this is for the vegan audience. For those not concerned with being strictly vegan a dash or two of goat feta tops this dish off.
I prefer to serve mine in my carved Kenyan olive wood bowl and eat with my olive wood chopsticks! Enjoy!
One of the ways to judge of a meal is good for your body is to take note of how you feel after you have eaten. Do you feel stuffed/full even when you had a small portion? Do you feel heavy and drowsy 10 to 15 minutes after eating? Do you feel you need to nap after you have eaten? If you answered yes to any of these questions then your meal is too heavy and it is a burden on your system. If you feel "full" or bloated afterwards more than likely you are deal with inflammation of the bowls.
Some people say that they do not feel satiated unless they have eaten pasta or bread with their meal. What they may be experiencing after eating these flour products is inflammation not merely a full belly. That is a topic to cover on another day, stay tuned.
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DISCLAIMER: Information given is from personal experience and should be taken as anecdotal. As an active ordained Esoteric & Interfaith minister I provide esoteric spiritual advice to help those on their religious/spiritual path. My advice and information shared covers mind, body and spirit/soul topics and does not take the place of traditional medical help or consultation. All information is to be consumed at your own discretion. When in doubt ask your medical care provider.