There are so many articles about food on the internet today, it’s often mind-boggling. The articles cover just about every food subject you can imagine: dieting (a big one), additives, preservatives, processing, genetic modifying, vegetarianism, etc. etc.
Are you confused? I can certainly understand if you are. Even the “experts” seem confused at times. I’ve got friends and family who analyze their food endlessly before they dare to take a bite. I used to be that way myself. I’m a vegetarian now, and that certainly makes things a little simpler.
“We are aware of the issue food is for many of you—a huge issue in some cases.
“In our view, food should be a cause for celebration. That is the perfect perspective. Enjoy, take joy in, every aspect of your physical lives. Food is surely one of the most important—and pleasurable—aspects.
“Okay, so that’s the ideal scenario. But not the scenario most of you live out in your daily experiences.
“One of the problems today is you have so many ‘experts’ telling you what’s good for you and what isn’t. If you read every book ever written on diet, the ‘right’ foods, the ‘wrong’ foods, etc., you would go insane. You wouldn’t dare eat anything—after all, it might kill you!
“So let us start at the beginning. That is, you and your bodies.
“Your bodies can easily take care of themselves, and flourish, without much input from you. We say this only halfway humorously, for your bodies could really do quite well without you.
“What we mean by that is whatever food you give your bodies, your bodies and their cells can deal with. Your bodies are capable of taking whatever food and drink you give them and drawing out only the nutrients they need to survive and even thrive. Your bodies know more about what they are doing than you do.
“Having said that, however, we have a caveat. There are certain foods your bodies can handle more easily than others. Generally speaking, that means foods closest to their natural state. All the preservatives, colorings, sweeteners, and other additives your society seems in love with, take your food far from its natural state.
“So when you give your bodies all this junk, if you will, your bodies can certainly handle it. But they have to work harder because these foods do not resonate with your bodies’ natural desires.
“Your bodies adapt, even though it’s a strain for them. And they survive. They’re tough! But often, that translates, for you, into what you call a craving. A craving, for example, for sugar, or fat, or alcohol, or caffeine, and similar substances your bodies do not instinctively resonate with.
“So is natural food, without the junk, better for you? Definitely, yes! The closer your food is to its natural state, the better. We’re not talking about being vegetarian versus eating meat here—that’s a whole other issue.
“There are additional issues here, at least several. For example, your attitude toward the food you eat. Your state of mind when you sit down to a meal—do you just do it mechanically, rushing through it so you can get on to something else more important? Are you stressed when you eat? Has the food been prepared by someone under stress? That stress energy will permeate the food. And so on.”
Adapted from Food: Friend or Foe, by John Cali & Chief Joseph (Chief Joseph Newsletter, 2006)
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