Q: I was wondering about your thoughts on the concept that we can change the energy of the food and make it healthy for us. For example, there was a girl that told her body that everything she ate would be healthy for her. So she drinks pop and eats cookies, even though they have a negative energy. Or the guy who energetically charges water to have all the nutrients he needs, except that he eats peanuts and popcorn for the salt. Is this true? Can I eat garbage all day long and just change the energy of it? And if I change the energy of it, is it no longer garbage?
A: Great question. I think there’s probably some truth to the notion that we can give food some “positive” energy, but after all, our physical bodies still are natural elements, and resonate the highest with other natural elements.
I don’t think it’s as simple as “mind over matter,” however, and that seems to be the trumpet call of the ages, doesn’t it? Sort of like, well, whatever I decide to be, is, and I can make it so.
I heard Dr. Christiane Northrup say something I found interesting. When asked about eating something that someone we love has cooked for us, even though it’s not especially healthy, she replied, “It’s better to eat something that someone has prepared for you with love, than to refuse it and eat something healthy not prepared by love.”
So while I practice moderation and initial healthy food choices, I do also consider the energy going into the food (have you seen the movie “Like Water for Chocolate?” That’s what the whole concept of the film is about). So then, what happens if I go to a health food restaurant and have all the food prepared by crabby people? No thank you!!!
Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh also talks about it in his book “Anger,” suggesting that the animal’s emotion at the time of death may be carried into its flesh so that we then ingest the energy of that emotion (say, anger at being killed).
So, all of the above says relatively the same thing. We can probably somewhat change the vibration of a food to make it higher, but what’s more important (in my opinion), is our motive for doing so. Is it just because I want to eat crap food? No, no. Bad, bad. That’s the wrong motive, I think. To enhance an overall really good and healthy diet to provide the ultimate benefit for my body? Okay, I can buy that.
I made a beautiful French dinner for my family and niece last week. Everything was healthy, except for the chocolate lava cake with white chocolate sauce. Did I eat everything? Heck, yes, and I was eternally grateful for the makers of the chocolate bars, and the cointreau, and I closed my eyes and enjoyed every single bite of that little chocolate cake.
Do I regret eating sugar? Not on your life. Do I do it every single day? Not on your life. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but I operate on the moderate spectrum on some stuff. I try never to eat processed foods, we rarely eat out, and when we do it’s usually mongolian stir fry with fresh vegetables, we try to find organic everything, try to limit our red meat and pork, try to vary what we eat, try to drink a lot of purified water, take our supplements, exercise, get good rest, try to stay unstressed, never drink pop, or ingest MSG or aspartame (you get the idea).
So, I think it comes down to why you want to change the energy of your food. If you’re doing it to “cheat” then I’d rethink it. The whole “cookies/pop/peanuts/popcorn is fine” kind of mentality may not only be flawed thinking—it can ultimately be dangerous to your life and health.
We live in a society that wants to have its cake and eat it, too, don’t you think? The good stuff without any consequences, never having to do the everyday hard work that mindful living requires, and I just don’t buy it anymore. I don’t take any diet pills (or any pills for that matter), I’m not having any operations to improve anything; I’m just trying to live my life to the ultimate fullest so I’ll remain healthy, and die without any regrets. As Andrew Weil says, “Live long and die fast.”
I think it’s a great idea to care about your body so much that you consciously intend everything you eat to be as healthy as possible, just as I think it’s important to be awake to what your body needs (not just what you “want”).
Be happy, prepare your food with joy and gratitude, eat it with the same joy and gratitude, and I think you’ll be on the right track.
And yes, limit the cookies, pop (okay, I’m judgmental—I don’t think anyone should ever drink pop, regular or diet), peanuts and popcorn.
But warm chocolate lava cake with white chocolate sauce? Mmmmmmm—sometimes it’s just divine…
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