My diet is based on the concept of bio-individuality . I have learned about and tried many different diets, such as the Atkins, Paleo, high-carbohydrate, Traditional, and most recently, Macrobiotic diet. I’ve also went on an Apple fast for a day and a traditional fast (no food) on another day. I went from eating 3 meals a day to 4-6 meals a day, and now back to 3 meals a day.As you can see, I have experimented with so many different diets and foods to determine what works best for me and to define my bio-individuality. My diet embodies different aspects from each diet that I’ve tried. I choose the foods that work best for me and combine them.
I will always adhere to the following guidelines:
- Natural, whole foods (local and organic, if possible)
- Minimally/no processed foods
- No artificial preservatives, additives, hormones, sweeteners, etc. (If you don’t know what it is, or can’t pronounce it, DON’T EAT IT!)
- Eat in season
- Gratitude in the form of a prayer before each meal
The last bullet in the guidelines above is one that many people disregard. Always be grateful for each meal that you eat by saying a prayer beforehand, expressing thanks to the animal and plant life that gave their life energies so that we can live with vitality. Aren’t we lucky that we are not prey to any other living species?
No one is perfect. I try my best to follow these personal guidelines to naturalign myself. I am currently a vegetarian – for not only health reasons, but also moral and ethical reasons. To be loving and compassionate, one must not only treat other human beings that way but also all other walks of life. I don’t believe I can be considered loving and compassionate if I participate in eating meat. After learning about how animals are raised in the food industry and seeing graphic images of animal cruelty, I cannot possibly stomach animal products and feel good about it. The mistreatment and suffering that the animals endure negatively affect their life energies.
How do you feel about eating an animal that was abused during it’s last minutes of life? Sometimes thoughts about the mistreatment of animals never even cross people’s minds.
This is obviously a hot topic for debate, and it shouldn’t be between you and me, or even between us and food corporations. Pointing fingers never solve problems. Rather, we should all dig deep within and really ask ourselves are we doing the right thing for us and for future generations? Are we really living the best that we can right now? Are we respecting nature like we respect ourselves? Are we even respecting ourselves? Are we practicing and supporting sustainable agriculture, and working towards food security? Will the future generations even have a future? Just some food for thought.
I get it. Most people don’t care. Everyone eats so they should care. They should care about how food is grown and how that affects us and the Earth.
Why local, organic? What’s up with the hype?
Locally and organically grown foods not only are free of herbicides, pesticides, preservatives, and artificial growth hormones, but are more nutritious than commercially grown foods. There is more to on your plate than just food. Ever wonder why there is a big discrepancy between the prices of local, organic foods and commercial foods? The cheaper costs of commercial foods do not come without a price tag. It is Mother Earth, the “hand that feeds us”, that suffers from the food industries that pollute the air, water, and land with no regard for life surrounding its facilities. They are depleting resources faster than it can be replenished, which is leading us to an unsustainable future and is threatening global food security.
When you choose local and organic, you’re not only paying for healthier and more nutritious foods, but you’re also supporting the local and organic farmers who care for their products, care for the land, and care for the environment. You’re supporting sustainable agriculture and global food security for the future generations. Most importantly, you are naturalign-ing yourself to become more natural and harmonious with the Earth and Universe rather than become artificial and discordant.
Lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight. But remember, you have the “response-ability” as a consumer, individual, and child of Mother Earth to “change what you wish to see in this world.”