Food and the simplicity of nourishing the body

food imageSo much is written on food and what is good for you and what is not. Over my life I have come across, been involved with or experienced many diets. What is my experience telling me to tell the general public, friends or family?

Firstly I would say there needs to be some guiding principles behind making choices with food/diet. Many sayings are relevant to gain some understanding although don’t take it as an absolute, e.g. you are what you eat; more relevant would be you are what you absorb/uptake. Certain attitudes towards foods create fear and negativity until you look at certain tribes and communities that are away from civilisation who eat in sometimes large quantities food that in our modern civilisation have been labeled as poor food choice and even poisonous to the body.

Lets look at one, milk. Milk regularly goes through the good for you bad for you arguments. Mostly if you go to Naturopaths, Acupuncturists and the like you will be told it creates too much mucus in certain people (true). It creates damp if overused especially in cold environments with people lacking a digestive fire (true), and contributes to acidity (also true). Then some are told they are lactose intolerant, which is part of whole milk. We are talking cows milk here. Well the evidence seems conclusive and not much is good about milk… Also I forgot the other argument; milk is only for the calf and not for human consumption.

Well if you go to India you will see and experience milk in many people’s lives who do not look at all things I have listed that are bad. They make the cow sacred, young babies are given the colostrum to build immunity. Ayurvedic medicine and food has milk, and Ghee is used therapeutically to aid many health conditions from peptic ulcers to skin rejuvenation. The list of therapeutic properties goes on and on.

So when we look at food, it is not a black and white process but one I believe needs to be looked at from perspectives such as climate, locality, constitution, organic, consciousness, age, lifestyle, and beliefs.

How does a system in Oriental medicine stand up to these parameters or considerations?

Each situation is different and foods are looked at energetically in the way they move in your body i.e. Energy moving upwards as in the case of sweet foods or downwards in the case of salty/savory. Some foods have more than one action and food is often used for therapeutic properties energetically.

Mostly people visit me wanting to clear conditions that have been created over a long period of time with bad food choices or imbalances in amounts or time of eating such foods. Getting to understand the person’s system is the biggest key towards addressing the imbalance.

We begin to understand our bodies and mainly our Spleen in Oriental medicine, which is the ability for our bodies’ digestive and processing system to deal with the food on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. Some emotions around food are fear and worry that is compounded by over-information put in a fearful way, making even further rigid views with food in our over analyzing mind!

Wow, now that is pretty simple to understand. Take it easy, relax with things, and if enough respect, love and consciousness is applied, your body will do the rest.

Purple Tomatoes

Purple tomatoes

purple tomatoSo we have it, purple tomatoes to enter the food chain. Designed in the UK and claimed to have similar properties that blueberries have as an antioxidant, this study on animals shows It COULD HELP FIGHT AGAINST CANCER.

Wow did I miss something or are we now fully crazy to accept such rubbish and think it’s great because scientists created it and we all believe animal studies to be as good as on humans? Surely if it has to be designed to do the same as blueberries why not just have blueberries?!

I am trying to find the balance in this GMO activity but somehow I just cannot find good things to say about it, ever. Are we now so far away from our nature and tired that it’s too hard to stop it? Is it clever this science or pure stupidity? I have gone into many forums and such, and come away when people start getting angry and threatening when protecting a point of view.

We can do our best in what we put in our mouth and stomach and trust our bodies to take out what it needs and let go of the rest. What I have learnt on my latest health challenge in the past two years is that as we get older we need to help our bodies more to maintain wellness and understand the changes as they occur. We cannot stand behind something that helped us when we were 20 and now when much older expect things will stay the same. For example, exercising with so much energy and still trying to do the same when 40 expecting the same benefit. Most will find it doesn’t work this way, in fact, it does the opposite.

We cannot remain so rigid in our thinking. We need to deal with the situation in the present and not rely on how we have dealt with a similar situation in the past. Take for instance the teachings that I learnt in Chinese Medicine around alcohol and when used as a medium for herbs and fruits can help all manner of conditions. My belief at the time however was so against alcohol and I simply would not entertain this in my body. Now I use these mediums as it has helped me greatly to bring about changes and balance to a sometimes compromised digestive system when I was sick.  Of course alternatives are available without alcohol and some people would not be suited to this approach if they have problems with alcohol. However, I felt great benefits and it suited me in the cold European climate I have been living in. Upon returning to Melbourne Australia in March we will see what other changes I need to make to allow my system to stay strong.

These are challenging and exciting times. Will we survive our repeatable mistakes as a world community?!!! Yes if we all keep waking up to our lessons and be present in as many moments as possible and keep away from PURPLE TOMATOES.

May the way of love and peace be with you as you travel this time. May your friends be inspired by your being-ness. And may you let go of troubles including gas that don’t need carrying by you.

Look forward to meeting you again soon.
Neale