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EAT HEALTHIER, FEEL BETTER

By: Alyssa Elbogen



This month I would like to focus on sustenance and zoom in on the physical nourishment of food and drink. As a culture, we have taken on many ‘habits’ that we may want to reconsider.

Festive meals have become one of the main focuses of our holidays and celebrations. In terms of consumerism, we have reached a peak of abundance; one simply walks into a grocery store and has access to thousands of food items from all over the world. What’s more, thanks to the Internet, the click of a button brings almost anything to our doors within days.

While I have a deep respect for our culture and for all of the developments that have brought mankind this far, I believe things are beginning to spiral downward. Yes, we have it all. Yes it’s convenient – but what is all this gluttonous gratification doing to our bodies? For one thing, we have become severely addicted to high-calorie intake. We also expect incredible nutrient diversity in our meals. Wanting variety is not a problem – the problem lies is our addiction to the wrong kinds of foods.

We must remember, items like white sugar are not ‘pure;’ they are simply refined to the degree that their nutritional content has been removed. What’s left is simply a taste – a taste that doesn’t satisfy but leaves the body craving more. It craves the missing nutritional content and it craves the feeling of completion that has been so stripped from these food particles. We know that refined white sugar and salt are problematic. Once used as spices, today they are found in many foods that have become staples in the S.A.D.-Standard American Diet. Ultra-refined foods are cheap. They are mass-produced to create profit for the owners of the companies who produce them. They are by no means healthy, beneficial, or natural. On the contrary, these foods are numbing to the system, and make people more and more disconnected from their bodies and emotions.

When we sit around with family and friends, we sincerely want what’s best for them. We wish them health and happiness, yet we neglect to consider that we’re offering them incredibly unhealthy food options. As a result, illness creeps up on our loved ones and lethargy, depression, anxiety, and chemical imbalance descend upon our children.

There is a more balanced way to enjoy the abundance we have been granted.

Here are my most sincere tips for adopting healthier eating habits, as drawn from studies of health from around the world over the past ten years:

Eat raw food with raw food and cooked food with cooked food.

Eat fruit with fruit and vegetables with vegetables.

Do not eat fruit at the end of a meal.

Do not eat meat with grains. Eat either meat with vegetables or grains with vegetables.

In its natural state, your stomach is the size of your fist;
there’s no need to overeat.

Prepare, observe, smell, taste, and chew your food well.
Most importantly, enjoy it deeply!

Don’t drink very much when you eat, as it dilutes your
digestive enzymes.

Get a serious water filter. Add some lemon or apple cider vinegar to your water.

Breathe deeply into your chest, abdomen, and lower belly.
It takes a lifetime of practice!

Eat Organic. Understand the importance of it.

Simplify your plate, simplify your palate.

May adopting these new eating habits bring you increased joy, connection, clarity, and peace.