Question: are you well fed?
As a naturopathic nutritional therapist, I'm nearly always thinking about food on some level. The very root of my practice is the based upon the principle that food is medicine. There are health-giving foods which promote vitality and longevity, and there are foods which contribute to cellular dysfunction and disharmony in the body. There is wholesome, nutrient-rich, living food, bursting with biophotons and there is food which is dead and devoid of all nutrients completely. But what is food? For me, the concept of food goes way beyond that which passes between our lips. Food is everything we consume and fuel our existence and collective expansion with. Food is breath; – the oxygen that carries life to every cell of our bodies – the daily thoughts we feed our mind; our relationships; our creative expression and sources of inspiration; the vibrations we absorb from the earth, from sunlight, from moonlight; our sexual exploration, desires and pleasure; the energy we soak up from our environment and from our exchanges. It might be easier to ask what isn't food? So, when we reframe food in this way, it's vital to bring our attention to not only what we're ingesting, but how we're ingesting and digesting life? Is our nutrition feeding every facet and fabric of our being?
Firstly, how are our relationships serving us? Are they satisfying? Do they feed and nourish us deeply or leave us feeling empty? Are they contributing to a healthy flow or draining our energy and leaving us feeling sluggish? Within the world of nutritional therapy, sometimes when a practitioner suspects that our body is reacting negatively to a particular food, they might recommend an elimination diet, encouraging us to remove certain foods from our daily consumption one by one to try and determine which food is triggering our symptoms. However, it's not always food is it? Sometimes it's gluten, but sometimes it's human. We have to pay close attention to the people we are allowing to rob us of our innate vitality; the people of zero sustenance, who offer no nutritional value whatsoever. When we truly value ourselves, we simply cannot be satisfied with crumbs any longer, we require and expect an entire meal. When we are firmly rooted in our bodies and solid in our boundaries, we're able to recognise those relationships which help us to thrive and flourish and those which weigh us down, increase our toxic load, and leave us in a state of deficiency.
Furthermore, perhaps there are areas of our life which could use some extra nourishment. Or parts of our experience that we're overindulging in and ought to consume less of. Are we nurturing the whole of who we are? When we choose to live wholistically we place as much value on our mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental and creative wellbeing, as we do on our physical, recognising that there is always a beautiful synergy at work. For example, have you ever identified that a lot of our modern digestive complaints are rooted in our inability to properly digest life. Stress, grief and an incapability to let go literally leave us unable to let go, manifesting as constipation. Likewise, feeling anxious, unsettled and dispersed in our energy highlights that we are rejecting and literally ejecting the present moment, and this of course might manifest as diarrhoea.
Fundamentally, if we wish to live a wholesome life we have to seek out the best quality ingredients in the form of our daily habits, our relationships, our thoughts and our language. We have to be mindful about who and what we are choosing to give our energy to, observing that not all food feeds us, but knowing that when we honour the whole of who we are, we feed ourselves only the best.
And evermore importantly, we must remember that our love will not sustain those determined to starve.