You are what you eat. To most people this means simply that the vitamins, carbs, and proteins in food build the cells, blood and bones of your body.
However, "you are what you eat" means something far more subtle and powerful. Food is known to directly influence your consciousness and feelings. It can create bliss or anger, contentment or restlessness, thoughts of the sacred or the profane. The quality of the food you eat literally creates your state of mind, emotions and consciousness.
Foods that are whole and unadulterated contain more of the intelligence of nature, and thus create more vitality, alertness and happiness when you eat them.
Just think of this. If you eat a meal composed of fresh, organic vegetables, whole grains and lentils lovingly cooked in delicious spices, and garnished, how will you feel afterwards? Contented and satisfied will be the effect.
Now consider how you’d feel after eating a meal consisting of canned vegetables, packaged breads and food fried in rancid oils, served at a fast-food restaurant! The result might be dullness and depression — and even disease if you eat that way every day.
Wholesome foods create positive effect, create bliss, heighten alertness, and are easy to digest. These foods include oranges; almonds; honey; rice and whole grains; milk; fresh, organic vegetables; and organic sweet, juicy fruits such as mango, papaya and pear.
A diet consisting of light, easy-to-digest, foods is recommended for almost anyone. These foods convert rapidly into vital energy, the product of perfect digestion that in turn creates a glow in the skin, sparkle in the eye, and mental, emotional and physical balance.
Foods that should be avoided are ‘lifeless’ foods, those which have been virtually stripped of the vital life giving energy, which create dullness, disease and even aggressive behaviour in the people who make a steady diet of them. Foods devoid of vital energy and aggravating to one’s health include leftovers, packaged, frozen, canned and processed foods, and any old, spoiled or rancid foods. They result in dull thinking, depressed emotions, and physical imbalances.
Cook with Love
When you cook for your friends or family, it’s important to be in a happy frame of mind. Since ancient times, it has been pointed out that the vibration of the cook’s feelings affects the quality of the food.
This is why it’s ideal to serve home-cooked meals whenever possible, because food cooked in a restaurant by strangers will never have the positive energy of a meal cooked by someone who loves you. It’s especially important to cook often for your children. There is nothing to replace a mother’s (or father’s) love, a key ingredient in your child’s food.
And when you’re cooking, focus on the food and make it a settled, conscious event rather than something you’re throwing together under pressure. Turn off the TV, shoo the kids and pets out of the kitchen, and give yourself time to enjoy the simple act of smelling the spices, feeling the textures of the foods, playing with the colours, and having fun. Or, if your kids, friends or spouse like to help, get them involved, too. Make meal preparation a happy time. Your positive thoughts and feelings will make the meal a true feast.
Eat in a happy environment
Finally, it’s important to eat your food in a settled, happy, environment. Make your food and table arrangements attractive to the eye, and make sure your dining area is clean, pleasant, sunny and well-ventilated.
It’s ideal to eat with your family or good friends, and enjoy light, quiet conversation. You don’t want to get involved in intense discussions or arguments at the table, as this will certainly make it impossible to digest your food.
You can also eat in silence if you are alone, as focusing on the flavours of the food will help in digesting it. Resist the impulse to switch on the TV or radio. You’ll feel better and more settled if you create a more sacred, calm atmosphere around the act of eating.
Taking a few minutes to give thanks for your food before eating is a traditional practice all around the world. It’s a chance to remember that food is a living part of creation, and when you eat you are absorbing the infinite energy and intelligence of nature.
Finally, after you’re done, don’t rush off right away. Linger a few minutes at the table to help your digestion begin properly. And give yourself a chance to savour the satisfaction of sharing a delicious meal with those you love.