Buckminster Fuller said, “In order to change something, we do not try to alter the existing model. We create a new model and make the old one obsolete.”
If you want to live your life from a higher level of consciousness, start connecting the dots between what you eat and what you experience. Form a new model.
I firmly believe the model we have created around a healthful diet is missing the mark.
Ask yourself: What is my present model for my food choices based upon? Our considerations might include: How it tastes, how it looks, convenience, familiarity, the media, family history, cravings, addictions, health conditions; the desire to lose weight, calorie counting, ease of preparation, time restrictions, government guidelines, specific diet book recommendations; advise from your doctor, budget….all important considerations..
However, one of the most important considerations is missing! An alternative model for making food choices would begin with asking ourselves: Who am I? How do I experience myself? How do others experience me? What is the feedback I’m getting from the environment? What are my goals? Could the food that I’m eating contribute to who I am? How can I choose foods that would support the life I want to live rather than living my life around a diet?
More than 25 years ago I was diagnosed with an extreme yeast overgrowth. I was encouraged to keep food journals by my holistic practitioner. I not only listed the food I was eating each day, but what I experienced of myself immediately afterwards and for the next few days that followed.
The reactions I describe below resulted from a body already out of balance, being amplified by a particular non-supporting food. If what you experience isn’t a problem, then it just isn’t a problem. There’s nothing to fix, nothing to change.
Here’s what I noted:
Physically: Bloating, gas, bags under my eyes, increased weight gain, how did my clothes feel on my body; was I shaky; was I prone to infections, colds, allergies; lack of energy or the opposite–hyper-activity; did I feel “in-drive”; feel a need to discharge kinetic energy through exercise or sex; did I feel a need to seek medical help; was I environmentally more sensitive.
Emotionally: Was I unusually sad or happy, short tempered, nasty, feeling anxiety, overly aggressive, insensitive to the feelings of others; weepy, overly creative; did I experience roller-coaster feelings; feelings of isolation.
Mentally: Could I think straight, was I forgetful, spacey, late for appointments; was I feeling anxious, nervous; was I quick to judge others; could I set my goals in motion; was my ego was front and center, needing to be right; fearful; continually food focused.
Spiritually: Did I come from a place of service to a higher order.
My food journals enabled me to connect the dots between what I was eating and what I repeatedly experienced every time I ate a particular food. Sugar connected to physical symptoms and behaviors that did not reflect what I wanted to experience.
We are not taught to think that any of the above has anything to do what we have eaten, and consequently these symptoms are attributed to other factors in our life, so we continue to do what we have always done, experiencing what we have always experienced, until our life becomes unmanageable in one or more of the above domains.
I love sugar just as much as the next person, but I didn’t like who I was when I ate it, nor did anyone else like me! I decided to eliminate refined sugar, knowing that I would likely have to go through a withdrawal period, usually about four days. Even eating a small amount of sugar during that time would bring me back to day one, having to start all over. What would normally take four days could easily turn into months and years, possibly never conquering the addiction. On the other side of the withdrawal cycle, the cravings were gone. Willpower was no longer needed. I experienced freedom…freedom to make the food choices that supported what I wanted to experience. I got my life back.
Even though I experienced immediate results, I had to address the toll it had taken on my physical health. I had to clean up, repair and rebuild my body and get my body, mind and spirit back into alignment with my “true self” goals. I educated myself by learning practical nutritional and energetic models that helped me connect the dots, understand why cravings occur and how to avoid the manifestations presented by the offending foods.
So choosing what I eat comes down to cause and effect. Am I willing to experience the result of my choices. Are my choices working for me?
Over the years my body has healed, but I seldom, if ever, eat refined sugar. When I do choose to, it is a conscious choice. In the few days that follow, I am very well aware of why I may be feeling out of sorts, but it does not give me license to continue to eat it. I have many other choices to fulfill the sweetness in my life that do not have addictive and long-term detrimental effects. I’m right back on track. I occasionally use natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, and stevia, which in my experience, do not seem to have an addictive quality.
If I only taught my students how to cook healthy foods without teaching them the role their dietary choices play in their body, mind and spirit, it would be like sending them home with a three-wheeled car. They may be able to create a beautiful meal, but if they are experiencing cravings at the end of the meal, the meal didn’t work.
Make your Healthy Paradigm shift today. Instead of feeling like the victim of your food choices, empower yourself to make conscious food choices that support your personal goals.